Links For June 15, 2014

Who Pays Artists?

You never know how much to ask for. Discussions about money are taboo because we pretend that passion and creativity alone should pay the bills. Some of the best events have “no budget”, and sometimes only the worst events can make a career as an artist look painfully sustainable. Let’s help each other sort through some of the confusion.

NYU Game Center launches game development incubation program

Questlove on When Black Loses Its Cool

American hip-hop is usually based on imitation, and it is meant to produce artists who are users of the existing tradition, not creators. And because of that, black culture in general — which has defaulted into hip-hop — is no longer perceived as an interesting vanguard, as a source of potential disruption or a challenge to the dominant.... That leads to a more distressing question, not rhetorical this time: Once you don’t have a cool factor any longer — when cool gets decoupled from African-American culture — what happens to the way that black people are seen? Are they seen?

Artificial Intelligence – 20 Years After The Electronic Landmark

The series today still serves as a historical landmark in the ways of electronic music, being the first to promote itself as listening music rather than as a new play-thing for DJ’s in nightclubs. Now this isn’t to say that the music doesn’t have head-nodding beats, or that toe tapping isn’t appropriate, but unlike many of the acts of the time (such as Orbital), the songs in the series were often too slow, too subtle, too melodic, or too complex to be built for the floor.

Damon Lindelof Promises You His New Show Won’t End Like ‘Lost’

In part, Lindelof may be a victim of a situation he didn’t create but helped nurture: He became, with “Lost,” a celebrity show runner, a species that was previously very rare in television. A show runner… of Darlton’s generation never hoped to be known to the public, except perhaps by way of a post-credits vanity card for a production company. But with the advent of the Internet, fans could not only lionize (or heckle) show runners but interact with them as well, peppering them with questions and even influencing the outcomes of plot lines.

A Robot that Can Elegantly Run on Legs, Created by Changing the Form Factor

Robots transform into furniture at EPFL