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  • How Patrons Are Supporting Cinemas Around the WorldHow Patrons Are Supporting Cinemas Around the World
    The film industry, and exhibition in particular, is in a state of flux. With the US box office reporting $0 for the first time, exhibitors of all sizes around the world are going to find the next few months difficult, despite the few bright spots, such as the resurgence of socially-distancing friendly drive-in movie theatres. There is no doubt that we will emerge from this with a very different landscape… Read more »
  • Cinemas Partner With VoD Platforms for Virtual Cinema ScreeningsCinemas Partner With VoD Platforms for Virtual Cinema Screenings
    It’s been said before and will continue to be said, but these are unprecedented times in the cinema industry. Over 94% of the world’s commercial cinemas are presently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Exhibitors of all sizes are having to find increasingly inventive ways to stay relevant and at the forefront of consumer minds, and most importantly, try to bring in some much needed revenue. For many, this means… Read more »
  • Cinema Service Providers and Vendors Face Uncertainty During Prolonged Coronavirus ClosureCinema Service Providers and Vendors Face Uncertainty During Prolonged Coronavirus Closure
    It’s been a little over a week since the majority of the world’s cinema screens turned dark and despite an absence of customers, new releases and box office analysis, in many ways our sector has never been busier as it turns to new challenges and opportunities. Players from all sides are implementing contingency plans to engage with their customers and prepare themselves for the inevitable re-opening. Much of what is… Read more »
  • We now know the effect of altitude on classic “Diet Coke and Mentos“ fountainWe now know the effect of altitude on classic “Diet Coke and Mentos“ fountain
    Enlarge / A well-coordinated Mentos-and-Diet-Coke explosion filmed in slow motion for The Slow Down Show in 2013. (credit: YouTube/The Slow Down Show) Back in 2006, Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz—the self described mad scientists behind Eepybird—ignited an Internet sensation with their viral video of an elaborate version of the Diet Coke and Mentos fountain experiment, recreating the choreography of the Bellagio's world-famous fountain display in Las Vegas. The underlying physics… Read more »
  • The party goes on in massive online worldsThe party goes on in massive online worlds
    You don't have to be so socially distant when playing Final Fantasy XIV online. My friends and I were taking a pit stop after an aimless drive when we heard a stranger loudly invite anyone within earshot to her friends’ party. Our plans had ended at “go for a drive;” before that, we were loitering between some collapsed columns in a crystalline wasteland. We debated whether to attend from inside… Read more »
  • Xbox architect sues Atari over unpaid work on crowdfunded consoleXbox architect sues Atari over unpaid work on crowdfunded console
    The $250 base system (with 4GB of RAM) doesn't include either of these two controllers. Rob Wyatt, perhaps best known as the system architect on Microsoft's original Xbox, has filed a lawsuit against Atari Gamebox LLC. The suit, filed in a federal court in Colorado, alleges that the company has failed to pay Wyatt and his firm Tin Giant nearly $262,000 invoiced for work on the long-delayed Atari VCS microconsole. The… Read more »
  • Ebecho Muslimova at Maria BernheimEbecho Muslimova at Maria Bernheim
    Artist: Ebecho Muslimova Venue: Maria Bernheim, Zurich Exhibition Title: FATEBE: EBECHO MUSLIMOVA Date: March 12 – April 18, 2020 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of Maria Bernheim, Zurich Press Release: Galerie Maria Bernheim is thrilled to announce an exhibition of new work by Ebecho Muslimova (b.1984, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia, lives in New York). Muslimova will… Read more »
  • Laura Owens at House of GagaLaura Owens at House of Gaga
    Artist: Laura Owens Venue: House of Gaga, Mexico City Date: February 4 – May 2, 2020 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of House of Gaga, Mexico City Press Release: Gaga is pleased to present Laura Owens’ first exhibition in Mexico. This exhibition adds to Owens’s long exploration of the possibilities for painting, and more specifically… Read more »
  • Kyle Thurman at CENTRAL FINEKyle Thurman at CENTRAL FINE
    Artist: Kyle Thurman Venue: CENTRAL FINE, Miami Exhibition Title: Heard Through Bone Date: March 15 – April 16, 2020 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of CENTRAL FINE, Miami Press Release: Didactics and oppression, hand in hand, hands and feet tied underwater, make sure that the importance of being comfortable in an airless environment is understood.… Read more »
  • Required ReadingRequired Reading
    @MythAddict’s take on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper during social isolation is pretty well done. (via @MythAddict and used with permission) Jillian Steinhauer reviews Kyle Chayka’s Minimalism book: The Minimalists, who were mostly white men, believed that by removing any trace of their own hands, they could create and operate within a realm of nonpersonal neutrality—a fantasy that often ended up as a whitewashing of their influences. Building something on… Read more »
  • In a Time of Crisis, the Beat Goes OnIn a Time of Crisis, the Beat Goes On
    Soccer Mommy, Color Theory (Loma Vista) Some people turn to relaxing music in a crisis — ambient, new age, minimalist electronica. Others need chaos to drown out everything else — hardcore punk, industrial, noise. I need both, preferably at the same time. The albums reviewed below hide horror beneath smooth surfaces. Soccer Mommy: Color Theory (Loma Vista) Sophie Allison is the hookiest of the grunge-pop revivalists, embracing the form’s upbeat,… Read more »
  • Jonas Mekas’s Diary Reveals His Uncertain Sense of SelfJonas Mekas’s Diary Reveals His Uncertain Sense of Self
    I Seem to Live: The New York Diaries, 1950-1969 by Jonas Mekas (Spector Books) “Why do we read a writer’s journal?” asks Susan Sontag in her 1962 essay “The Artist as Exemplary Sufferer.” Following a thorough survey of recently published artists’ diaries (including those of Albert Camus, Franz Kafka, and Cesare Pavese), she concludes that it is because of “the rawness of the journal form, even when it is written… Read more »
  • Colored TimeColored Time
    American Artist. Data Server Rack, 2019. Wood, hardware, paint, hay-bailing twine. University of Iowa, Stanley Museum of Art. Photo courtesy the artist. In 1895, H.G. Wells published The Time Machine, a book that began his renown as a science-fiction author, though he wrote in many genres. Despite Wells’ success being patterned with infidelity and misogyny—behaviors that decorate the biographies of many white male historical figures—The Time Machine is still considered… Read more »
  • Extending Beyond Craftsmanship, into Inquiry and ExplorationExtending Beyond Craftsmanship, into Inquiry and Exploration
    Art21 Educator Dana Helwick in her current classroom, 2018. Image provided by the author. I was first introduced to the idea of teaching with contemporary art and artists in the Art + Education graduate program at New York University, which “envisions a radical space where contemporary art and social justice education meet.”¹ While in school, I helped to coordinate the Art21 Educators program, led by Jess Hamlin and Joe Fusaro.… Read more »
  • Horror, Contemporary Art, and Film: In Conversation with Dan Herschlein and Chad LairdHorror, Contemporary Art, and Film: In Conversation with Dan Herschlein and Chad Laird
    Dan Herschlein [left] and Chad Laird [right], “Horror, Contemporary Art, and Film, with Art21,” artist talk at NeueHouse, New York City, 2019. Photo: Jessica Foley.A note from Art21’s curatorial assistant, Danielle Brock: Learning about the inspirations, influences, and references that artists draw upon for their work is one of my greatest joys. Whenever I meet artists, especially ones who are inspired by topics I know relatively little about, I’m eager… Read more »