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Dancing To The Oldies - A Choreographed Run Through The Met Museum

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:02:33 +0000

(image) Dance has become a popular acquisition of museums in recent years. Immersive, participatory, and often silly, “The Museum Workout” could be seen as a cheeky response to the trend. But the work also tackles serious questions that dance artists have long been asking about the relationship between artists and audiences and about what constitutes dance.


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According To MIT, Here Are The Ten Big Ideas/Issues We Should All Know Something About Right Now

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:34:37 +0000

(image) "The editors who select the topics are "deeply aware of the social impacts of new technologies and of the role of real people in shaping those technologies. We don't treat technology in a vacuum here. We talk about how people who use technology have a chance to take some responsibility for it, and to influence […]


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The Relationship Between Mind And Body? Sounds Like A Perfect Exploration For Dance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:31:03 +0000

(image) “Embodiment” and “the intelligent body” are buzz terms both in dance and academia: the idea is that the brain doesn’t have dominion over human experience. “We still hugely privilege the mind over everything else,” says Siobhan Davies. “I think the mind is bloody wonderful, but the whole of us lives in the world, the whole […]


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The Museum Of Broken Relationships (Yes, It's A Real Thing)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:03:27 +0000

(image) "On an otherwise quiet Sunday at the [L.A.] museum in early June, an Australian man is chuckling with two middle school-aged kids over a pair of fake breasts from Serbia that the donor says her ex-boyfriend required her to wear during sex. ... Around the corner, in a corridor in which objects recall loved ones […]


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The Difference Between Chance And Luck

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:32:33 +0000

(image) Luck is chance viewed through the spectacles of good or bad fortune. It’s really good news, at least for you, if you win the lottery, and it’s really bad news if you’re one of the passengers on the plane when it crashes. Chance, then, is the objective reality of random outcomes in the real world, […]


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When You See Your Novel Translated From The Language You Wrote It In To Your Mother Tongue

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:02:28 +0000

(image) "To have one's novel translated - on one hand, an honor. On the other - you might as well be trying to have sex using another person's body." Now imagine that that body used to be yours, and you remember it. Boris Fishman tells the story of reading from the Russian translation of his A […]


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Is The Way To Disrupt The Art World Really To Disrupt The Art World?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:31:49 +0000

(image) "Even as one very visible portion of the art world becomes ever more soaked in money, artists like A.L. Steiner are picking up the ideas of first- and second-generation institutional critique and adapting them to the needs of the present. With what feels like increasing frequency, they are investigating, tweaking, and even striking out against […]


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Altar Cloth In Little Parish Church May Once Have Been Elizabeth I's Dress

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:01:49 +0000

(image) The evidence is circumstantial, not direct, but it's considerable - and until now, not a single one of the Virgin Queen's famously lavish dresses was known to have survived.


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Jennifer Holliday: Were Death Threats Really Necessary When I Made A Mistake About Performing In The Inaugural?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:31:10 +0000

(image) "Holliday says it wasn't until a Daily Beast article explicated why those in the LGBTQ community, a group that the singer credits with the success of her career, might find her decision to perform so devastating that she understood her responsibility to bow out."


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Getting LACMA's Controversial New Building Built Will Take Every Skill Michael Govan Has

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:03:12 +0000

(image) Fortunately, he has a lot of them, as he's demonstrated in the ten years he's been in Los Angeles: LACMA's attendance has doubled and its cachet has soared. Adam Nagourney gives an overview of Govan's prospects for the biggest project he's ever undertaken.


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Theastre Gates On Re-Visioning The Art Of Art

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:31:20 +0000

(image) "It is a time-honored role for artist as designator, to point at the stuff of the physical world and revision it as art, harkening back to the readymade. But Gates’s decision to 'bump off from art' and live 'in the sphere of dirt, the dirty, the stuff that we think is in the ground' was […]


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Just Ten Years Ago, Netflix Took Up Streaming Video - And Changed Everything

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:02:42 +0000

(image) "'Watch Now' started out small with around 1,000 titles - about 1% of Netflix's 70,000-video physical library - when it began rolling out on Jan. 16, 2007. Videos ranged from Hollywood classics like Casablanca, to cult movies, to foreign films, to mini-series - including the original 1990 BBC series of House of Cards.


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The FM Radio Technology That Was Killed By One Two-Hour Lecture

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:34:30 +0000

(image) As broadcasters the world over are gradually dropping traditional FM signals for digital audio, Ernie Smith tells the story of FMX, a 1980s technology that researchers and engineers were convinced would give a huge improvement in sound quality and be relatively smooth to adopt. Radio stations were gradually getting interested, until ...


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Despite Everything They've Tried, 'Hamilton' Tickets In London Still Got Snapped Up By Scalpers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:15:12 +0000

(image) The producers went to a lot of trouble to institute a paperless system that would keep tickets off the price-gouging resale market. That worked for (literally) less than two hours.


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Wole Soyinka Has Now Fled The U.S. For Nigeria (Hoo-Boy)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:03:17 +0000

(image) The first African writer to win a Nobel, Soyinka had to sneak out of his homeland after dictator Sani Abacha confiscated his passport; he claimed asylum in the States when Abacha sentenced him to death. Though the playwright since moved back to Nigeria, he regularly took temporary gigs at American institutions. Now, in the face […]


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Seven Signs It Might Be Time For A Dancer To Find Herself A Different Company

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:35:30 +0000

(image) "How do you know if the negatives are outweighing the positives?" Sarah Wroth helps with yet another instance of things that should be obvious but never are when we're the ones in the middle of them.


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Does It Really Make A Difference If An Orchestra Is Centuries Old?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:19:39 +0000

(image) The Dresden Staatskapelle is 458 years old; the Royal Danish Orchestra (in Danish, the "Royal Chapel") is a century older still. The Budapest Festival Orchestra, on the other hand, was founded in 1983, and many critics and listeners consider it to be easily a peer of the Dresdeners. Andrew Mellor considers the ways in which […]


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Is This Velázquez Genuine Or Not? Experts Have Argued For Years, And The Ringling Museum Is Going To Settle It Once And For All

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:03:17 +0000

(image) Curators at the Sarasota museum have studied this portrait of King Philip IV with an infrared camera, and they think they've found the evidence they need.


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Sotheby's Sues Over Another Old Master Painting It Has Found To Be Fake

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:48:09 +0000

(image) The auction house filed a complaint against the collector who consigned this work, which was described as 16th-century Italian, after testing discovered pigments that didn't exist until the 20th century. (Sotheby's launched a similar lawsuit in October over a different canvas.)


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Is Rape Charge Against Moscow's Scrotum-Nailing Artist Actually Legit?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:17:52 +0000

(image) News broke yesterday that Pyotr Pavlensky, Russia's most notorious protest artist, had fled the country and sought political asylum in France due to allegations of sexual assault that he says are bogus and politically motivated. Rachel Donadio looks into the situation and finds that it's not at all so clear-cut.


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Ben Franklin's Very First Print Job Resurfaces

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:02:09 +0000

(image) "The demise of young Quaker poet Aquila Rose, while surely lamentable, is virtually forgotten. But this obscure death nearly three centuries ago is arguably among the most momentous deaths in Philadelphia's 300-plus years - not for who Rose was, but for what he precipitated."


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How Ballet Helped A Neurological Patient Regain The Ability To Walk Across A Room

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:47:41 +0000

(image) Middle school student Sarah Hansen has a progressive disorder that had left her unable to take more than one or two steps without holding on to something or falling. Then she found Bonnie Schlachte's studio, Ballet for All Kids. Schlachte usually teaches developmentally disabled kids, but she knew that, thanks to neuroplasticity, she could help […]


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Israel Can Do Archaeological Work In West Bank In Secret, Court Rules

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:32:14 +0000

(image) Israel already does West Bank excavations, and lends artifacts found in them, without approval from Palestinian authorities. The new ruling permits digs done anonymously and lending artefacts without informing the Palestinians at all.


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The Ideas We Aren't Hearing - Africa? India?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:02:53 +0000

(image) "Non-European thought is often underrepresented in philosophy. The rich histories of India, China, the Islamic world, and Africa are often seen as footnotes and side ventures to the thinkers of Europe. While European thought is of great use, the influence of African ideas on Freud, the influence of Maoism on many French philosophers, and the […]


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Pretty Big Dance Company Gets More Than A Pretty Big Audience

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:31:24 +0000

(image) As in 7 million YouTube views. "When people look at a full-figured girl, automatically they just think, they can't do. But there are lot of plus-sized people that can really dance and move. I mean, you have to know your body as a dancer. You have to know how to transfer your weight. Of course, […]


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Simon Rattle, Beginning His London Symphony Post, Calls For A New Concert Hall

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:06:11 +0000

(image) He threw his weight behind a £280 million (324 million euro, $347 million) project aimed at creating a "Centre for Music" equipped for the digital era. The plans involve building a new hall on the site of the Museum of London, which is relocating nearby, which would become the new home of the LSO.


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Let's Talk Candidly About How Much Writers Make

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:25:30 +0000

(image) "Writers know so little about how other writers make ends meet that it’s difficult for them to have much perspective on their own ability to do so."


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Opera's Newness Problem - The New Stuff Competes Head To Head With Masterpieces

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:02:20 +0000

(image) "Opera lovers routinely avoid new works for just this reason: They’re not going to be on a par with the masterpieces that still make up the bulk of the operatic canon. Part of the problem is the delivery mechanism: New opera is less available than a new book and, generally, a lot more expensive. Wouldn’t […]


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Hollywood Politics? Sure, But The Stories That Get Made Have Everything To Do With The Box Office

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:31:03 +0000

(image) Movies that show struggles against prejudice, poverty, ignorance, oppression and fear reflect liberal values only in the sense that “reality has a well-known liberal bias”, said Marty Kaplan, quoting Stephen Colbert. “If there were big money to be made telling stories celebrating home schooling, semi-automatic rifle ownership, the bullying of gays, white supremacism, misogyny or […]


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The Books That Have Experimented With What A Book Is

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:28 +0000

(image) Irma Boom has been undertaking "a quixotic, endless undertaking of creating a library of what she called 'only the books that are experimental.' Above her studio here, the recently opened library is made up almost entirely of books from the 1600s and 1700s, and the 1960s and ’70s.


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