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What's Changing? - Arts

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February 2024

 

September 2023

  • Big Think argued that art is as essential to understanding human nature as science. Art reveals the deep philosophical underpinnings that allow humans to unveil hidden truths. While humans are constrained by the world, we consistently push back against these constraints. Art, through mechanisms like irony, allows us to see the world differently and emancipate ourselves from limitations. The act of creating art is a profound inquiry into our relationship with the world.

 

December 2022

 

October 2022

  • Books are getting shorter over time, according to The Spectator, with contemporary literature being especially thin.
  • Online sales in 2021 accounted for 20% of the global US$65 billion art market. That’s twice the share of 2019, before the pandemic gave a boost to e-commerce in art.

 

June 2022

  • Society sometimes struggle with the question of what art might be for. The School of Life suggested that art is a weapon against despair. It can be a tool with which we try to wrestle against loneliness, a sense of persecution, paranoia, fear, timidity, an impression of having been left out, rage against those who have let us down, self-contempt - and regret at how much we have misunderstood. Art is about hope when it shows us pretty and inspiring things and especially when it shows us melancholy ones: a rainy afternoon, an isolated diner, a person crying at the kitchen table, a bedroom lit up against the darkness. Art can provide a common juncture at which the sadness in me can, with dignity and intelligence, meet the sadness in you.
  • Microsoft announced their participation in a bold plan to preserve humankind’s musical heritage. The company partnered with the Global Music Vault to store the world’s best-loved music in a remote bunker in Svalbard, Norway. (Better known as the Doomsday Vault, the bunker is already home to an internationally-managed seed collection intended to prevent total species loss in the event of a global catastrophe.)

 

May 2022

 

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January 2022

  • Psyche asked when art transports us, where do we actually go. The idea of artworks as portals to other worlds dates back several centuries, and it has become a commonplace way of talking about our experiences with art. In Pictures and Tears, the art historian James Elkins called it the ‘travelling theory’ of aesthetic experience.

 

November 2021

 

August 2021

 

July 2021

  • The earliest named writer in history was a woman. Enheduanna, a poet and high priestess in ancient Mesopotamia, was the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at New York’s Morgan Library.

 

March 2021

  • A 17,000-year-old shell still makes music. A modern musician was able to play a C, C-sharp, and D out of the paleolithic instrument, reported Quartz.

 

February 2021

  • Opera singers started teaching Covid sufferers how to breathe, with exercises designed to help those with lingering symptoms.

 

July 2020

  • While theatre, museums, and comedy may not get the official “essential business” designation, arts and culture can bring solace and distraction during trying times, not to mention providing livelihoods for their practitioners and other employees of the institutions that house them. Quartz detailed how exhibitions and performances have adapted - from creating 3D models of artworks to selling tickets for online shows - and what adaptations might stick around once the pandemic is over.

 

May 2020

  • “Computers don’t make art, people do” points out Aaron Schwarztmann: “Art can only be created by people (or other independent actors) capable of [certain] kinds of social relationships. In contrast, while we can get emotionally attached to our computers and other possessions, we feel no real empathy for their emotions, no ethical duty toward them, and no need to demonstrate our feelings toward them. This means computers cannot be credited as artists until they have some kind of personhood."

 

December 2019

  • The post-industrial, creative and entrepreneurial society is emerging. Entrepreneurs are like artists and artists are like entrepreneurs. They both “turn nothings into somethings”. Artists give a form to ideas that for some other people might be nothing more than vague thoughts or passing emotions. Art is an efficient way of creating novel associations, enriching connections and new, sometimes radical, openings. Art creates suggestions for fresh ways of defining the world we live in.

 

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