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TED - Ideas Worth Spreading

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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This week the annual TED (technology, entertainment, design) Conference has been giving some great thinkers and doers an opportunity to “give the talk of their lives (in eighteen minutes).”

The tag line for the gathering is “ideas worth spreading.” Courtesy of an old friend, as well as a remarkable thinker and doer of his own, we will do our part.

Maestro Ethan Zuckerman has been providing a running daily blog throughout the conference.

Do take a moment to read what Ethan has been reporting. Highlights include:

Bill Gates on how to reboot society;
Barry Schwartz on the appeal of virtue;
Oliver Sacks on seeing with the mind;
Nicholas Negroponte’s news on One Laptop per Child;
Tim Berners-Lee looks for data;
Elizabeth Coleman (our best guide to academia) on a better way to be educated;
Alex Tabarrok on going high with R&D and low with production;
Jay Walker on the mania for English;
Golan Levin on interactive art;
Rosamund Zander on creative virtuosity;
Nalini Nadkarni sustaining trees, life, and art;
Seth Godin’s tribal idea to change the world;
Elizabeth Gilbert on how not to ruin genius;
The importance of taking a pause; and,
How the internet helps happiness!

Find out about the TED Prize winners, each of whom is selected for being “a leader in his/her chosen field of work with an unconventional viewpoint and a vision to transform the world.” (You can also find here the Wired article on the prize winners posted in KadmusArts’ Culture news, this week.)

What more could one ask for? How about the “Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Orgasms.”

Now, aren’t you glad you read Ethan’s blog today?

- Bill Reichblum

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Arts Presenters: Shoshana Polanco

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Shoshana PolancoShoshana Polanco has been creating, producing and performing original work since 1997. She has worked as Executive Assistant to the Executive Producer at BAM, creative producer of BAiT (Buenos Aires in Translation), and as company manager for TeatroStageFest.

In this podcast she talks about how Argentina has influenced the way she approaches her work, how she fosters international collaborations between artists, and why working for a festival is a great gig.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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Arts Presenters: Emil Kang

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Emil KangEmil Kang is the Executive Director for the Arts at the University of North Carolina, a position created to unify and elevate the performing arts at the University. He is a frequent speaker and has chaired panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In this podcast, he talks about the creative campus, creating a network of relationships within the university and throughout the community, and how he is innovating and saving money at the same time.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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Super Bowl of Artists

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

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The Super Bowl is America’s national community day; no matter which two teams culminate the American football season, the country comes together to watch, eat, and celebrate.

At half-time of the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the arts join the national stage, this year with America’s icon, Bruce Springsteen. However, there’s more to the story of the Super Bowl and the arts.

Pittsburgh prides itself on its small town feel: friendly, accessible, and always unpretentious. The steel mills of the twentieth century brought immigrants from all over the world who created a genuinely multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cuisine city. The attribute most often associated with Pittsburghers is their strong work ethic.

Perhaps then it is no surprise that the ‘Burgh has produced artists: accessible, unpretentious, and with a disciplined work ethic. What is surprising is that such a relatively small city, closer to the middle of America than the east coast, has produced so many significant artists.

So while 100 million people watch Pittsburgh’s source of pride in sports, take a look at a few of the names that have been Pittsburgh’s source of pride in the arts:

Dance:
Martha Graham
Gene Kelly
Hollywood:
Barbara Feldon
Shirley Jones
Don Knotts
George Romero
David Selznick
Jimmy Stewart
Sharon Stone
Musicians:
George Benson
Perry Como
Chris Frantz
Stephen Foster
Lena Horne
Henry Mancini
Billy Strayhorn
Writers:
Rachel Carson
Willa Cather
Annie Dillard
Gertrude Stein
August Wilson
Visual Arts:
Mary Cassatt
Andy Warhol

And where we would be without emoticon master, Scott Fahlman :)

Pittsburgh’s pride: the Steelers and the arts.

- Bill Reichblum

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Arts Presenters: Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Troika RanchDawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio are the artistic co-directors of Troika Ranch, which creates live performances, interactive installations and digital films, creating a hybrid of dance/theater/media. Troika Ranch does extensive education outreach, and regularly teaches Live-Interactive (Live-I) workshops to demonstrate the software and hardware they have developed for artists.

In this interview, Dawn and Mark talk about the influence of Morton Subotnick and his contemporaries on their work, harnessing the volume of information coming from contemporary society, and the recent evolution of the relationship between performers and technology.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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