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The Physical Brain Versus Consciousness

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:02:45 +0000

(image) "At its most general, the hard problem of consciousness is the expression of a familiar kind of puzzlement or mental cramp. We know that the brain is causally responsible, in some way or another, for consciousness – but we remain utterly baffled as to how its fatty, yoghurty matter could be up to the task. […]d0cb1a46-4066-11e7-a09b-a4ae022938a6

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Italian Court Cancels Appointments Of Five Museum Directors

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:29:46 +0000

(image) "Italy has over the past two years recruited 20 highly-qualified new directors, seven of them foreigners, to shake up institutions which are richly-endowed with cultural treasures but often poorly run and badly promoted. But a regional court ruled that five of the appointments were null and void, saying that the selection process had not been […]italy

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Jamaica Kincaid At 68: What I've Learned

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:02:33 +0000

(image) "The thing that I am branded with and the thing that I am denounced for, I now claim as my own. I am illegitimate, I am ambiguous. In some way I actually claim the right to ambiguity, and the right to clarity. It does me no good to say, 'Well, I reject this and I […]jamaicakincaidwriter

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What Beethoven Teaches Us About Hearing Loss

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:25:15 +0000

(image) "The extraordinary thing about Beethoven’s hearing loss journey is that he found a way forward at every stage. Once he accepted his deafness at Heiligenstadt, it was no longer a source of shame, and he was open about it from then onwards. Even for the last 10 years of his life, when he could hear […]5623

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At This Point, Education Is Technology

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:02:18 +0000

(image) When I say that education technology is not new, I’m not arguing that technologies do not change over time; or that our institutions, ideas, experiences, societies do not change in part because of technologies. But when we talk about change – when we tell stories about technological change – we must consider how technologies, particularly […]hack

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How A Great Berlin Theatre Is Stepping Away From Great Theatre

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:31:29 +0000

(image) "The stage of spoken-word theatre is indebted to a sense of the world that is centred on the human. On the stage of the 21st century, however, we find a new distribution of power, a new dynamic of creatures, ghosts, machines, objects. The things we once invented to define identities or let them manifest themselves […]18489923_10158915776870556_4347827350302426444_o-1024x499

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What Makes A Good Conductor?

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:02:06 +0000

(image) Angel Gil-Ordóñez: "Authority through knowledge. People respect you if you know what you are asking them to do. Then you have to be able to convey what you want. All simply. Through gestures and communication that goes beyond language. I think the orchestra is the most extraordinary achievement of humanity. Can you imagine something more […]crop_90MGJAGilOrdonez34282

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LA County Museum's New Home Won't Just Be About A Building; It Seeks To Change The Ways We See Art

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:31:23 +0000

(image) "In its new home, expect LACMA’s permanent collection to break all the rules. The permanent collection won’t exactly be permanent. LACMA instead plans to install the collection as a continuing series of temporary exhibitions — cross-cultural and interdisciplinary. An impermanent permanent collection, the scheme is unprecedented."la-1494254000-0krog3kuxe-snap-image

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Comic Timing Is Something Most Of Us Completely Misunderstand

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:02:29 +0000

(image) "It may be that our sense of the importance of comic timing comes more from how we perceive jokes than from how they're delivered. And, for comedians, the timing after the punch line" - as opposed to before, which is what most laypeople assume - "is what really counts." Thomas MacMillan explains.comic timing

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Neuroscientists Say Listening To This Song Will Significantly Reduce Your Stress

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:31:40 +0000

(image) "Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one's health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions. Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck. In fact, listening to that one song -- […]getty_578458917_2000133020009280183_117186

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Private Prison Sued For Censoring Inmates' Reading Material

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:05:08 +0000

(image) "A private Utah-based corporation that runs the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, has been sued by the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center for blocking inmates from receiving books on 'criminal justice policies, legal research, health care issues and other similar topics.'"private prison

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The Universe, As Rendered And Explained By Music

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:31:23 +0000

(image) Without interfering with its orbits in any way, by just presenting the data scaled up to our range of hearing, we hear what we readily identify as harmonious music.screen_shot_2017-05-24_at_2.39.02_pm

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Movie Theater Plans Women-Only Showing Of 'Wonder Woman' - And (Some) Men Flip Out

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:03:37 +0000

(image) The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin had the idea, and it sold out so fast that they added a second date and plan to extend the idea to other cities. What's more, the Austin Drafthouse's social media person deftly handled all the male butthurt on Facebook. (includes examples of butthurt)wonderwoman

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What Exactly Is Going To Happen In "The Shed"?

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:31:58 +0000

(image) “The opportunity for us to design a ground-up building for the arts forced us to ask the question: ‘What will art look like in 10 years? 20 years? 30 years?’ And the answer was that we simply could not know. Artists today are working across disciplines, in all media and all sizes. That will continue […]9._Aerial-South-Night_160509-Vertical

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The Universal Remote Control: A Brief History

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:06:41 +0000

(image) "[It's] a device that made millions of devices that work similarly but are slightly different bend to its will. In the age of IFTTT, Alexa, Zapier, and Siri, this device has a surprising amount of value and deserves to be studied. And," writes Ernie Smith, "I'm just the guy to do it."universal remote a

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'A Doll's House, Part 2': How Playwright Lucas Hnath Put Together The Script

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:35:15 +0000

(image) It was by no means a matter of presenting a finished piece to the director and cast: in fact, the actors - especially Chris Cooper, who's used to working in film - were astonished at how much they were allowed to shape their characters' lines. Peter Marks reports on the process, which leaned heavily on […]a dolls house

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'Of Course It's A Sculpture - It's A Downward Sculpture Rather Than An Upward Sculpture' - Anish Kapoor Talks About 'Descension', His Whirlpool

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:04:38 +0000

(image) "One thing that makes it a sculpture is that there's obviously artifice to it. It is artifice posing as a natural phenomenon. It's obviously been made, but the fiction is that it hasn't been made. That tension is an important part of the work."Anish-Kapoor_descension

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Why Don't More Ballet Companies Have Female Artistic Directors? Wendy Whelan Has An Idea

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:33:53 +0000

(image) "I often get calls when a spot opens up, but I don't see myself in that position. I believe myself to not be a director because of the system. Having a male artistic director is a tradition that’s passed down, and it becomes ingrained and it's like, 'Oh, fuck off.' It's a fake system. It's […]wendy-whelan

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Did The NEH Just Surrender To Its Own Abolition?

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:17:00 +0000

(image) Earlier this week, in response to the budget the Trump administration submitted to Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities released this statement: "The White House has requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to NEH for the orderly closure of the agency. This amount includes funds to meet [existing] matching grant offers ... as […]NEH

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A Closer Look At The Big, New Projects MassMoCA Is Putting In Its Big, New Space

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:02:40 +0000

(image) James Turrell will have nine different immersive light installations. Jenny Holzer will be showing 200 silk-screened paintings and 21 stone paintings as well as several LED displays, all (of course) featuring text. Laurie Anderson will be playing with virtual reality.mass moca

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Curtis Institute Orchestra's Big BBC Interview Cut Short: They Had To Evacuate The Building

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:46:19 +0000

(image) The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, on tour under conductor Osmo Vänskä, had arrived in London and were being featured on BBC Radio 3's live music-news-and-talk program, In Tune. A small group had just played part of a Mozart flute quintet, and a graduating violinist was about to play a duet with the school's president, Roberto Díaz, […]curtis diaz

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Planners Of London's New Concert Hall Should Learn Some Lessons From Hamburg's New Elbphilharmonie - But Can They?

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:31:59 +0000

(image) And no, it's not just that the new hall shouldn't run 920% over budget. Unfortunately, as Jack May writes, the lessons from Hamburg may be things that London just isn't situated to do.elbphilharmonie

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Here's A Dance Job You Never Knew Existed: Restaurant Choreographer

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:15:46 +0000

(image) The idea is to teach staffers about both non-verbal communication (with customers and each other) and about gracefully negotiating tight spaces. Says one restaurant choreographer, "I went into it thinking it would be almost like movement coaching, but the amount of dance terminology, spatial composition, effort and tempo decisions left me feeling each experience couldn't […]restaurant choreographer

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What Skills Do Workers In Arts And Culture Really Need? We Analyzed Millions Of Job Ads To Find Out

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:01 +0000

(image) The researchers found that the skills required fall into five clusters, only two of which are self-evidently "creative." The other three "are not inherently creative and [are] therefore at risk of being overlooked, but ... are essential to enabling the creative process."skills

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Alexander Burdonsky, Russian Stage Director And Stalin's Grandson, Dead At 75

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:15 +0000

(image) For 45 years he worked at the People's Army Theater, the main company for the Soviet and then the Russian armed forces. "Aside from his theater work, Mr. Burdonsky kept a low profile, using his mother's surname. He said he had never visited Stalin's grave, by the Kremlin wall."Alexander Burdonsky

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Who's Up To Become UNESCO's Next Director-General?

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:29:44 +0000

(image) Among the candidates to succeed Irina Bokova this November is former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay, the only one of nine who's from Europe or North America. Three of the candidates are women, and four are from the Arab world.audrey azoulay

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Roger Tomlinson: Measuring An Audience? But What Are You Measuring?

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:01:52 +0000

(image) "I have been a champion of audience data for a long time. I conducted my first year-long audience survey at the Vic in Stoke on Trent in 1969, supervised by Keele University. I have been commissioning research surveys for over 40 years and the Arts Council published my book ‘Boxing Clever’ on turning data into audiences […]question

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