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Reading Room: Tech Start-Ups Have Become Conceptual Art

Reading Room: Tech Start-Ups Have Become Conceptual Art

The potential gutting of the NEA is worthy of concern and lamentation. But equally important, and no less disturbing, is the fact that the role of art, in part, had already shifted from the art world to the business world anyway. In particular, the formal boundary-pushing central to experimental and conceptual artists might have been superseded by the conceptual efforts of entrepreneurship.

By Ian Bogost
Link: www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/03/tech-startups-conceptual-art/519924/

Reading Room: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments

A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

It was the first time a president has called for ending the endowments. They were created in 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation declaring that any “advanced civilization” must fully value the arts, the humanities, and cultural activity.

By Sopan Deb
Link: www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/arts/nea-neh-endowments-trump.html

Reading Room: Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen Document the Real Power of Art

Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen Document the Real Power of Art

What can art do in a time of turmoil? Documentary filmmakers Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen have made a career of showing how individuals and communities use art to work through personal, political and public issues. Their 2010 documentary Marwencol, which won numerous awards, documents how Mark Hogancamp uses photography and story-making to deal with a traumatic brain injury. A new film called Spettacolo–their Creative Capital project, premiering at SXSW in Austin, TX, on March 11–explores how villagers in a small Italian farming town preserve their heritage and confront community issues by turning their lives into an annual play.

By Alex Teplitzky
Link: blog.creative-capital.org/2017/02/jeff-malmberg-chris-shellen-document-real-power-art/

Reading Room: Artists’ VR

rhizome.org/editorial/2017/feb/01/first-look-artists-vr/

Co-presented by Rhizome and the New Museum, “First Look: Artists’ VR” is a new virtual reality exhibition in the form of a free mobile VR app for iOS and Android, featuring six commissioned works by leading artists: Peter Burr with Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Jeremy Couillard, Jayson Musson, Jon Rafman, Rachel Rossin, and Jacolby Satterwhite.

Reading Room: Athens Public Art Master Plan

“The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) is pleased to present a final version of the Athens Public Art Master Plan! This plan has been submitted to the Mayor and Commission and was presented by urban designer Todd Bressi at the January work session. Once approved, this plan will serve as a roadmap and series of guidelines for development of public art in Athens-Clarke County over the years to come.”

Link: www.athensculturalaffairs.org/acac-seeks-community-support-public-art-master-plan/

Reading Room: a2ru Strategic Plan

“The current work of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) maps arts-integrative learning, contextually examines arts research developments, explores the value-added results of campus collaborations, and connects multiple stakeholders to advance a more complete national agenda linking the arts and other disciplines in higher education. The plan herein provides a detailed blueprint to: increase a2ru’s effectiveness by more deliberately building the case for external audiences; more effectively support student work and faculty collaborations; and guide a robust research agenda through 2020. These will be the agenda items that shape the next four years of a2ru’s work”

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of over thirty institutions committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.

Link to download a2ru strategic plan: a2ru.org