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What's Changing? - Arts



Please see below selected recent arts-related change.


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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.


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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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