How To Hack Attention When The Attention Economy Is Where The Power Is

Sometimes a random alignment of stories unexpectedly congeals around a topic. Like today. We found serval stories exploring the idea of how ideas spread. This Lit Hub story discusses the inherent trap of superficiality of translations. Translators themselves can be said to traffic in words, sounds, images, and more; whether what is trafficked is tangible or intangible, it’s implied that what is bought, sold, and bartered is in any case commodified. When we think about traffic we also inevitably [Read Entire Story]

2016 Was The Year That Book Sales Turned A Corner

"The notion that owning a bookstore is akin to an act of altruism has become a little outdated. In fact, 2016 offered encouraging evidence that after years of dire news stories about the literary industry selling books has once again become sensible business. To be fair, the past year was less a book boom than a hold-steady." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fake News? Try Fake Conferences And Fake Scientific Journals

"There are real, prestigious journals and conferences in higher education that enforce and defend the highest standards of scholarship. But there are also many more Ph.D.-holders than there is space in those publications, and those people are all in different ways subject to the “publish or perish” system of professional advancement. The academic journal-and-conference system is subject to no real outside oversight. Standards are whatever the scholars involved say they are." SOURCE: [Read Entire Story]

The Battle For Creative Cities – Lessons From Oakland’s Ghost Ship

We appear to be confronted with two very different sets of criteria regarding what can be considered a “safe space.” One is rooted in alternative populations seeking respite from the omnipresent social factory and its all-pervasive marketplace; the other is based on municipal fire-code regulations intended to prevent the type of tragedies that the Ghost Ship now signifies. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

A Different Frame For Arguing The Value Of Art?

Arguments trying to make a case for the value of the arts usually come down to two ways of thinking about them: their intrinsic value as something inherently good or their ability to improve society in some way. David Ian Moss argues in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that this is an unproductive frame for the argument: One problem with the intrinsic vs. instrumental distinction is that it’s something of a false dichotomy: Interrogate a dedicated arts supporter about why she believes [Read Entire Story]

The Globalization Of The Movie Business And Hollywood’s Creative Low Point – Here’s The Link

China has been buying up Hollywood assets as it develops its own movie industry. The idea is to be a global movie super-power, and given that Hollywood's financial success now depends less and less on domestic box office and more on international ticket sales, today's movie-makers are in the business of finding movies that translate internationally. Don't think you've seen evidence of China's influence on Hollywood? The reason there are so many superhero movies these days is because they sell [Read Entire Story]

What The Oakland Ghost Fire Tragedy Says About Need For Artist Spaces

"If we need art in our lives — and I am thinking not only of painting and sculpture but also of music and literature and performance and entirely new forms of expression yet to be invented — then we certainly must have places where the constant fear of eviction does not stifle every generative urge, where creators can share and encourage each other’s growth, where the outsider feels safe to live according to their true nature." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Why Does Time Sometimes Seem To Slow Down Or Speed Up? Scientists Now Have An Answer

"Since the brain estimates the passage of time by how much information is stored within a given interval, richer memories make it feel like more time has passed. What’s neat is that this explanation sheds light on other ways that time can feel bendy to us, on all different sorts of scales. For instance, if you look up at a clock on the wall, you’ll notice that as you first look at it, the second hand seems to be frozen in place, then after a moment proceeds to move normally. That’s because the [Read Entire Story]

Is The Rise Of Post-Apocalyptic Art Telling Us Anything?

"Rather than focus on the gory details of how the world might end, post-apocalyptic art casts its gaze upon the reality of the world that follows catastrophe and persists without human beings, as nature gradually reasserts itself over the architectural remnants of society. The emerging genre is not without its critics, and many practitioners remain uncertain or divided about what affect — if any — such post-apocalyptic imagery might have on its audiences. But as issues like deindustrialization [Read Entire Story]

Canada’s Essential National Culture Question

"How does a mid-sized power maintain any notion of cultural sovereignty in the face of the aptly acronymed FANG? (That’s Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google.) France, more aggressive than Canada in protecting and promoting its cultural industries, has always lent a sympathetic ear, and Paris is the home of UNESCO, the United Nations body charged with protecting culture internationally." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Monuments Men 2.0 – International Heritage Needs Protection Now More Than Ever

“While art historians, provenance experts, and criminologists might seem like unlikely war heroes, the fact that the military recognizes the need for these types of experts, to advise commanders and to work with civilian authorities after battles, is hugely important. As the military are planning before and during a conflict, it is important for officers in charge to think ‘what are the historically significant places we need to protect in a conflict, and how do we preserve what is damaged as a [Read Entire Story]

How To Rethink Times Square To Make It Better

"The difficulty begins with the shape of Times Square—it’s narrow and lies in a slight dip in the land, increasing the feeling of crowdedness even when the space isn’t that crowded. Intuition might tell you that, to alleviate that sensation, a designer should open up the area as much as possible. Dykers explains that Snøhaetta’s approach is the opposite; the firm’s designers have found that the creation of well-placed obstacles is the key to unlocking the potential of a space, to giving [Read Entire Story]

Why Is There Not Yet The "Great" Millennial Novel?

Where are the successors to “This Side of Paradise,” “The Sun Also Rises,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “On the Road,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “Generation X” and “Infinite Jest”? Time’s Lev Grossman blames our increasingly “multicultural, transcontinental, hyphenated identities and our globalized, displaced, deracinated lives” for why any consensus about a single voice now seems impossible. I’d go even further and argue that the “voice of a generation” novel [Read Entire Story]

Golden Globes Surprise: Nominations Go To Youth Over Stars

"Awards shows have long tangled with a dilemma. As a venue for industry recognition, they tend to value dues-paying — rewarding personalities who have put together a long body of work and earned industry goodwill. But the shows also rely for income on a television world that tends to favor, particularly in its advertising dollars, younger viewers and newer talent." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Tragic Oakland Fire Spotlights Artist Housing Problem

"The horrific event could lead city officials to go after illegally converted warehouses across Oakland, especially as evidence mounts that building inspectors knew of numerous problems with the Ghost Ship property but didn’t take action. Already, Oakland tenants housed in similar spaces are receiving eviction notices, and Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the city is considering new fire and emergency exit regulations for its buildings. But any decision to condemn residences where artists are [Read Entire Story]

Remembering Pauline Oliveros And Her Radical Vision Of Listening

Considered as a healing practice—or a “tuning of mind and body”—Oliveros’s “Sonic Meditations” are, to an extent, unique in the history of musical experimentalism. In these works, experiments were not conducted on the music; the music was an experiment on the self. Anyone searching today for the complete box set of “Sonic Meditations” won’t find it, because, as the composer wrote, “music is a welcome by-product” of this composition. The experiments remain in each listener. Oliveros’s aims were [Read Entire Story]

Listening To Artists, National Arts Strategies Pulls Out Of Cleveland Area Arts Fellows Program

"Artists objected to the fact that the NAS Creative Community Fellows program would have emphasized community engagement–which they view as the province of outreach programs administered by nonprofit organizations. It also placed substantial emphasis on training for more community engagement–an investment of time and energy many artists view as taking them away from the focus of their work. They note that the work itself is exhibited in galleries and featured in art walks and as such has made [Read Entire Story]

The Young Woman Who’s A Tap Dancer Like No Other

"Michelle Dorrance is a new kind of tapper. Classically, tap is a matter of a cool, contained upper body suspended over a huge clatter down below—a contrast that is supposed to be witty and, in a great or even good tapper, is. (“My feet are producing twenty taps a second, in alternating rhythms? Gee, I didn’t notice.”) Dorrance supplies plenty of action in the feet, but meanwhile the rest of the body is all over the place. Her elbows fly out; so do her knees, in great, lay-an-egg squats. She [Read Entire Story]

This Week’s Top ArtsJournal Reads: An Artist Identity Crisis?

This Week: The next wave of arts journalism layoffs begins… Lots of debate about the role of artists in the Trump era… Prominent Canadian artists petition the government to “fix” support for creativity… It’s getting harder to define what “home” is… Is “mindfulness” overrated? SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What Went Wrong With The Met Opera’s Commissioning Program?

If you start handing out $50,000 commissions to major artists, there’s not a lot of excuse for coming up almost completely empty-handed at the end of a decade. Muhly’s “Two Boys,” which began under the program’s auspices, made it to the Met’s main stage; everything else was either rejected (like Rufus Wainwright’s “Prima Donna”), fell through, or simply withered on the vine, and no new blood has been added to the pipeline for years. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What Happens If We Price Out Culture We Like

"Without public access, a culture becomes dead, an inert shell that serves as a shill for profit, while too rarefied and remote to thrive. The quaestores of modern times use health, religion, and access to sports and art just like those of the Middle Ages used salvation: to exploit people by pricing what they value too high." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

So A Man Goes Into An Auction And Buys A Painting. He Turns Around And Sells It At Huge Profit. Now The Seller Is Mad At The Auction House

The auction house is Sotheby's and the sellers have big questions. "The traders asked Sotheby’s, according to court papers, whether it had been aware that there was a much higher price to be had for the painting. Hadn’t Sotheby’s taken the painting, presale, to an apartment where the Russian billionaire had viewed it? Were the traders misled to favor the Swiss dealer, a valued Sotheby’s client named Yves Bouvier?" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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