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Photographing Museum Visitors Behaving Badly

Photographer Stefan Drashan has captured many instances of visitors violating the most basic tenet of museum etiquette: do not touch the art.

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Public Domain Film History: A Cottage Industry of Copyright Mishaps

The rigid nature of copyright law during the early years of the film industry created a surprisingly robust cottage industry around public domain films.

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Why tyrants love to write poetry

Nero, Stalin and Bin Laden were all fans, but what makes verse so appealing to these leaders? Benjamin Ramm explores the connection between ruthlessness and sentimentality.

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The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries

We asked some of our favorite libraries: What’s the oldest item in your collection?

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A beginner’s guide to applying for drama school

Prospective students are spoilt for choice with the variety of training offered across the UK. Here are the key questions to ask…

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˜Know thyself™ is not just silly advice: it’™s actively dangerous

There is a phrase you are as likely to find in a serious philosophy text as you are in the wackiest self-help book: ˜Know thyself! The phrase has serious philosophical pedigree: by Socrates time, it was more or less received wisdom…

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Photobooks Designed to Treat Dementia Gently Challenge the Mind

By pairing unrelated images that share surprising similarities, Photographic Treatment by Laurence Agerter encourages dementia patients to make their own connections between them, stimulating mental activity.

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Do we want to foster the arts or do we want to foster creativity?

Way before immersive theater or virtual reality were trendy, Robert E. Gard spoke to the idea of an experience that is creatively valuable because the experience of the audience becomes the story itself. We see this in role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, as well as new forms of immersive theater like Sleep No More […]

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Pablo Neruda ‘did not die of cancer’

The left-wing poet died in 1973, weeks after a military coup led by general Augusto Pinochet.

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Tom Hanks Is Obsessed With Typewriters (So He Wrote A Book About Them)

The actor’s new collection of short fiction his debut book as an author is called Uncommon Type, and each story has something to do with the machine close to his heart.

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After the Nightmare Project: Lessons Learned

Top-notch creatives relive their own project nightmares, in the hope of sparing you a few sleepless nights.

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How the human got his paintbrush

What can evolution tell us, if anything, about human achievements in the arts? Not as much as EO Wilson thinks

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Should endangered languages be preserved, and at what cost?

Endangered languages have sentimental value, it’s true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them?

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The Shazam For Art Is Like Having A Docent On Your Smartphone

Thirty museums can’t be wrong. The augmented reality revolution has already come.

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The myth of the art thief: It’s not a gentleman’s crime

The romantic Hollywood image of art crime is a far cry from the truth

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What Creativity Really Is – and Why Schools Need It

In this time of global technological change and sustainability challenges, we need to increase creativity levels in the next generation, to ensure the innovations that will keep us afloat.

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A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,300 courses from top universities.

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Watch Actors Transform Into Living Van Gogh Paintings Before Your Eyes

The mesmerizing stills are from the upcoming, entirely painted biopic “Loving Vincent.”

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The 100 greatest comedies of all time

BBC Culture polled 253 film critics from 52 countries to determine the funniest films ever made…

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New Jasper Johns monograph offers a full overview of his 60-year career

The book’s author, Roberta Bernstein, says there is a clear consistency to his practice

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An American Dialect Dictionary Is Dying Out. Here Are Some Of Its Best Words.

From twistification to storm caves to slushburgers, the U.S. has quite the history of local language quirks.

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Gauguin’s Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear

“Between two such beings as he and I, the one a perfect volcano, the other boiling too, inwardly, a sort of struggle was preparing.”

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For the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s props director, one blood is not like another

Chris Young mixes a unique version of the vital fluid for every violent scene….

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Bizarre Pollock forgery scam targets unwary collectors in the US

IFAR has uncovered a cache of poorly executed fakes supposedly once owned by a wealthy German immigrant who went mad and left the art to his servants—but no trace in official records

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What Cities Lose When an Alt-Weekly Dies

The Village Voice halts its print edition, but the model it pioneered lives on (sort of).

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English Translations of Obscure Medieval Texts Go Online

Stanford University’s Global Medieval Sourcebook is a new online compendium of English translations for overlooked Middle Ages texts.

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Lewis Carroll’s portraits of the real Alice in Wonderland to go on show in London

National Portrait Gallery exhibition of Victorian photographers will push beyond “insalubrious accusations” against Carroll

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Who Owns Your Stuff? It Might Not Be You

Inside the fight against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act€–and what designers can do about it.

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The Hardest Working Office Design In America Encrypts Your Data With Lava Lamps

A wall of 100 lava lamps at Cloudflare’™s San Francisco office isn’t just for kitsch it is quietly encrypting information.

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The Ultimate List of 30+ Free Instagram Tools to Grow Your Following

Here are 30+ free Instagram tools to try today: photo editing apps, planning tools, analytics, and more.

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Blood, bookworms, bosoms and bottoms: the secret life of libraries

Their history is full of remarkable discoveries that go well beyond the books themselves they contain our flesh, our souls and ourselves

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Goodbye to All That: Why Do Artists Reject the Art World?

Martin Herbert’s latest book, published by Sternberg Press, is about 10 artists who play with the system, struggle against it, or walk away altogether.

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Need Help? Call an Arts Lover

British researchers find a strong link between cultural engagement and participating in activities that benefit the community.

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Humans Prefer Computer-Generated Paintings to Those at Art Basel

Computer scientists at Rutgers University developed a system to generate artworks that were deemed more communicative and inspiring than human-made art.

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Warehouse Arts District St. Petersburg FL

Affordable Art Studio Project in Downtown St. Pete Florida

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Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says

All-party inquiry demonstrates benefits to health and wellbeing of the arts, leading to fall in hospital admissions

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Algorithmic Art That You Can Blow On, Walk Through, or Dance Over

The inaugural exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, a new gallery in Washington, DC focused exclusively on digital art, is both dramatic and quietly poetic.

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Could streaming-app password sharing soon come to an end?

Twenty-one per cent of streaming viewers between the ages of 18 and 24 said they had accessed a digital-video service by using log-in credentials from someone outside their household

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How Digital Tools Are Making Children’s Art Worse

Some researchers suggest they’re also depleting the benefits of drawing and other activities…

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How to Raise a Reader

The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’™s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy.

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Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity?

A look at the research…

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Shepard Fairey talks street art in Sydney—and reveals which word he would have put on a Hillary poster

The US artist was in Australia to create his largest-ever mural, a 44-metre-tall message of “peace and harmony”

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Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay to become one of the world’s largest public art parks

Ambitious 20-year, $50m redevelopment plan includes a raft of art projects, from large-scale sculptures to performance

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Outlook is sunny for museum employees, AAMD survey says

According to the organisations 2017 Salary Survey, released today, US institutional pay has increased at a higher rate than the overall jobs market

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Artists create huge living canvases (with grass)

They have been creating large-scale canvases of living grass, by tinkering with the natural growth process of this little plant in order to create impressive, photographic-like images.

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Five Ways to Benefit from Embracing Spontaneity and Disorder

These days it’™s hard to avoid the admonishments of self-titled productivity gurus that we should take more control over our lives, calendars, and in-boxes. But there are countless examples of creative and entrepreneurial minds soaring to their greatest heights through the exact opposite approach.

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The Story Behind the Robot Who Names Paint Colors

“Stargoon.” “Turdly.” Is this really the best that it can do?

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Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: ‘Enough Hate In This World’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.

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Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?

Henry David Thoreau’s famed retreat gets pixelated

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You Can Reprint This Paper 80 Times Without A Drop Of Ink

Printing with UV light is much more environmentally friendly than ink-based papers today. But will human factors get in the way?

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Defunding The NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid–Here’s Why

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

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Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

In the Northeast suburbs of central Osaka stands a curious train station unlike any other. Kayashima Station features a rectangular hole cut into the roof of the elevated platform and, from inside, a giant tree pokes its head out like a stalk of broccoli.

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Art Market Mines Gold on Instagram

The quirkily personal Instagram accounts of taste-making specialists have become the “soft power” of today’s traders.

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Artist Turns Shadows Of Everyday Objects Into Funny Sketches

Talk about a vivid imagination. Belgian artist and filmmaker Vincent Bal turns shadows of everyday objects into whimsical doodles that are totally unrelated to the object but ingeniously clever.

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