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A boom In Inventing New Musical Instruments

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:31:12 +0000

(image) "You would be forgiven for thinking instrument-making reached its endpoint long ago. The orchestra has largely been fixed since the Belgian Adolphe Sax patented his eponymous instrument in the 1840s. And these days, a standard laptop can make so many sounds, why would we need anything new? But there are hundreds, even thousands, of instrument […]5760


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More Studies Say Using Laptops In Class Leads To Less Learning

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:04:56 +0000

(image) "A growing body of evidence shows that over all, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades. The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also […]26ViewArt-master768


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Machines Are Learning In New Ways. But What If We Can't Understand Them?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:31:33 +0000

(image) "In many arenas, A.I. methods have advanced with startling speed; deep neural networks can now detect certain kinds of cancer as accurately as a human. But human doctors still have to make the decisions — and they won’t trust an A.I. unless it can explain itself. This isn’t merely a theoretical concern."26mag-explicableai-image1-superJumbo


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Will The $450 Million Leonardo Recallibrate The Art Market?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:01:24 +0000

(image) "Given the Christie’s result, there is a temptation to wonder if the art market will be recalibrated in the way that it was in 1987, when Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sold for $39.9 million. That price also blew minds, being almost four times the previous high for any artwork at auction at the time."25REYBURN-INYT2-master768


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Of Art And Fallen Artists (Do We Reject The Art Now?)

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:31:58 +0000

(image) "Wrestling with what to do with the product of tainted executives, artists or news figures is not that far from the eternal issue of how (or even whether) to separate our views of art from our views of the artists. Wagner was blatantly anti-Semitic. Alfred Hitchcock abused actresses who worked for him, so openly that […]27erased-art1-superJumbo


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What We Learned On a 13-Hour Immersive Theatre Performance On A Plane From London To JFK

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:58:30 +0000

(image) "Our work is interactive so audiences are not passive observers but in the midst of the action, both as witnesses or participants. We had members of the press offering to write a tale for our heroine’s birthday and one passenger, who had forgotten to take his usual Valium dose, dealt with his in-flight nerves by […]actors_on_plane_crop


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Britain Has Been Thrown Out Of The "European Capital Of Culture" Program

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:32:36 +0000

(image) The Government has been advised to discontinue the selection process for the five bidding cities – Belfast, Dundee, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Leeds – “immediately”. The DCMS said it is “deeply disappointed” with the decision and is in “urgent discussions” with the European Commission on the matter.34510912996_b49e38ebe0_c


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Why Are Our Buildings So Tightly Sealed?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:01:07 +0000

(image) "Our current built environment squanders too much fresh water and other vital resources, and tips too many poisonous substances into our surroundings. To develop a more sustainable relationship with the natural world, we need to allow chemical exchanges that take place within our living spaces, and between the inside and the outside. We need to […]idea_sized-iba_hamburg_biq_2_nnw


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The Revolution That Flash Photography Created

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:33:56 +0000

(image) "Flash brings a form of democracy to the material world. Many details take on unplanned prominence, as we see in the work of those Farm Security Administration photographers who used flash in the 1930s and laid bare the reality of poverty during the Depression."artslead18nov17


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Should Theatre Reflect Audience Or Create It?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:01:38 +0000

(image) "Populism aims to represent the people. That can function on two levels: reflecting it on the one hand and creating it on the other. With the former, we assume that the people exist before a representation of them is made. With the latter, we want to make it exist. This second concept is performative; we understand […]2005-®Koen_Cobbaert


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Why Spoken English Is So Different From Written English

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:32:04 +0000

(image) "Modern languages with a long literary tradition show a stark split between their written and spoken styles across many contexts. In current English, writing uses more varied vocabulary than conversational speech, and it uses rarer and longer words much more often. Certain structures (such as passive sentences, prepositional phrases, and relative clauses) appear more often […]13690_a4c07618e910823c1d3d95a2e696e75f


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A Warning About The Imprisonment Of The French Language

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:07:03 +0000

(image) Facing the "aberration" of gender-inclusive styles, the French language is henceforth in "mortal peril." (Yes, it says that.) Adaptations such as écrivaine for female writer, or la ministre for a female minister, will end in a "disunified language, disparate in its expression, creating a confusion that verges on illegibility." The new spellings and syntactical signs […]imgres


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How Our Attempts At Crowdfunding Failed Big Time (And Taught Us How To Think Better)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:31:38 +0000

(image) Well, it was hard – possibly worse than anyone had advised.photo_of_amy_zamparra_solis_work_0


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A Brief History Of The Fabergé Egg

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:01:02 +0000

(image) "It's really unusual to have a piece of decorative art (not a painting) that has as much cultural resonance as a Fabergé egg," says curator Jo Briggs. "It's almost the Mona Lisa of the decorative art world."faberge egg


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Former Met Museum Director Ignites Leonardo Controversy With Instagram Post

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:31:57 +0000

(image) Below the image of the Leonardo da Vinci, Campbell, who left the Met at the end of June, wrote the caption “450 million dollars?! Hope the buyer understands conservation issues…” followed by “#readthesmallprint”.mundi


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Is It True That Barbara Hannigan Won't Sing The Queen Of The Night Because It's Too Easy?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:02:55 +0000

(image) Nope. She won't sing the role because she doesn't want to get typecast in it - "It would drive me nuts." But it is true, as she tells David Patrick Stearns, that she hums Pierre Boulez to herself.barbara hannigan


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Spike Lee Talks About Turning 'She's Gotta Have It' Into A TV Series - And Hiring Women Scriptwriters

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:35:25 +0000

(image) "This was a story that didn't need to be told entirely through a male gaze. I've been accused of telling things through a male gaze, and I didn't want to give people any more ammunition. Plus, why wouldn't I want Lynn Nottage to write scripts? She's won two Pulitzer Prizes, for Ruined and Sweat. Why […]shes-gotta-have-it


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The 'Psychedelic Dream Homes' Of El Alto, Bolivia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:03:49 +0000

(image) A Times 360 video tour of the exuberant architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre, a Bolivian architect whose house designs for the world's highest city (El Alto, at 14,000 feet, sits on a plateau above La Paz) incorporate visual motifs and colors from the indigenous Aymara culture.psychedelic dream houses


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English And The Imprecision Of Languages

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:32:46 +0000

(image) "English and German have common origins, Anglo-Saxon, or Old English. There’s a lot of overlap, but there are also some crucial differences. English is a left-leaning language, meaning that relevant information tends to be clustered on the left side of a sentence. German, on the other hand, is a right-leaning language. (We are a generally […]longest-german-words


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'Singin' In The Rain' On Stage, Looking Like An Old Black-And-White Movie Musical

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:04:26 +0000

(image) Robert Carsen's production of the old Gene Kelly classic for Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet (and which he hopes to bring to Broadway) isn't entirely in black-and-white: "We use sepia toning sometimes. If it's in a garden, it's tinted green. If it's indoors, it's tinted pink. In the fantasy section, when it's not in Los Angeles […]singin in the rain


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DC's New Bible Museum Has Lessons For Other Museums

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:31:51 +0000

(image) Philip Kennicott: "Every resource of museum design and careful argumentation has been mustered to sweep up these unrelated ideas in one, big, overwhelming package. This has implications for people in the museum business. The Bible Museum has come to town, in all its technical splendor, bearing with it something that most historians and museum professionals […]imgres


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Architect Albert Ledner, 93, Famous For His Portholes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:01:35 +0000

(image) "[He] gave Modernism his personal, often whimsical spin, putting portholes in buildings in New York and using things like ashtrays and salvaged convent windows in unusual ways in houses in New Orleans."albert ledner


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Indianapolis Theatre Plans Reinvention With A New Building

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:28:44 +0000

(image) The Phoenix Theatre: “Once you build a big machine and have to keep feeding it, then you’ve made a decision that’s going to impact every area of the organizations, not the least of which is the artistic. But we never want to be so beholden to chasing dollars that that becomes our major pursuit... At […]bigpic-phoenix-112017-450bp


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Putin's Cultural Forum Turns Into Debate Over Artistic Freedom In Russia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:02:23 +0000

(image) "The Russian government's annual St Petersburg International Cultural Forum (16-18 November) set off a new round of debate about the state of artistic freedom in Russia, with officials saying it is flourishing and a model for the world and the liberal intelligentsia saying it is under attack."Putin's Cultural Forum Turns Into Debate Over Artistic Freedom In Russia


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Why Charles Manson Has Loomed Large In Pop Culture

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:31:15 +0000

(image) "Perhaps Charles Manson also remains a source of such horror and continued fascination because he was the ultimate symbol of insanity. With eyes that either projected total blankness or the agitated evil of a demon awakened, Manson looked like what most people stereotypically think of when they imagine a crazy person. In what may be […]20-charles-manson.w710.h473.2x


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Ten Ways To Tell If Your 'Nutcracker' Is Traditional (And They're Not Necessarily The Ways You Think)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:03:55 +0000

(image) As Alastair Macaulay points out, changes to the original Tchaikovsky/Petipa scenario have been made ever since the ballet's 1892 premiere. "Many people crave a traditional Nutcracker, often the one they grew up with. But frequently it turns out that their notion of Nutcracker tradition goes back only to the mid-20th century. ... So here are […]nutcracker


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The Show Went On: Rajiv Joseph On How Houston Kept His New Play On Track Through And After Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:04:48 +0000

(image) The playwright was one week into rehearsals for Describe the Night this past August when the storm flooded Houston and did $15 million worth of damage to the Alley Theater. He wondered if it was even appropriate for the show to continue - hell, he wondered if his vocation as a playwright was of any […]rajiv joseph alley


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