Vanessa Viegas
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Art on the moon, in a storage depot,near Everest: See how galleries are changing

As they seek to compete with virtual worlds, the online world and Netflix, museums and art spaces around the world are reaching out. Asking, how can we make this an inviting two-way street?
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has made its entire collection of 1.51 art works accessible at its new depot / museum. ‘Access, like dialogue, is not a one-way street. The public depot enables the museum to be more participatory and more transparent,’ says head of education Yoeri Meessen. (Ossip van Duivenbode)
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has made its entire collection of 1.51 art works accessible at its new depot / museum. ‘Access, like dialogue, is not a one-way street. The public depot enables the museum to be more participatory and more transparent,’ says head of education Yoeri Meessen. (Ossip van Duivenbode)
Updated on May 07, 2022 12:08 PM IST
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Time travel, dying worlds, AI: The most futuristic pavilions at Venice Biennale

National pavilions are taking imaginative leaps at the ‘Olympics of the art world’, examining how media platforms can and have changed the world, asking what it means to be human in a time of artificial intelligence.
The Nordic Pavilion has been renamed to acknowledge the indigenous Sámi people, original inhabitants of Lapland. Above, Máret Anne Sara’s installation uses the stomach and sinews of reindeer, crucial to Sami culture. The work is highlighted with two scents, one meant to evoke fear, the other hope. (Michael Miller OCA)
The Nordic Pavilion has been renamed to acknowledge the indigenous Sámi people, original inhabitants of Lapland. Above, Máret Anne Sara’s installation uses the stomach and sinews of reindeer, crucial to Sami culture. The work is highlighted with two scents, one meant to evoke fear, the other hope. (Michael Miller OCA)
Updated on May 06, 2022 07:45 PM IST
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‘A museum must never be seen as a dead space where old things are stored’

Museologist Vinod Daniel has helped build state-of-the-art exhibits around the world. He recently moderated a global meet on reimagining museums in India. Who’s doing it best? What comes next? Excerpts from a Wknd interview.
‘The one mistake many institutes make is that they jump right into technology. If technology is assisting in communication, we must first ensure that the message is well-framed,’ Daniel says. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
‘The one mistake many institutes make is that they jump right into technology. If technology is assisting in communication, we must first ensure that the message is well-framed,’ Daniel says. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2022 06:12 PM IST
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Freefall, hover, fly: Inside Hyd’s new indoor skydiving arena

At GravityZip, a wind tunnel helps replicate the freefall part of a skydive. It’s meant for those not (yet) ready to jump out of a plane, and for those who want to get in a few practice sessions, its co-founders say.
Wind speeds can reach 200 miles an hour in the tunnel. Scroll down to watch a video of a dive.
Wind speeds can reach 200 miles an hour in the tunnel. Scroll down to watch a video of a dive.
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 03:52 PM IST
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On the gravy trail: A brief and riveting history of the curry

A new book traces the origins and evolutions of this dish, in a journey that spans nations, generations, fallen empires and changing tastes.
Any spiced dish with a gravy, of Indian origin or influence, cooked in a pot, qualifies as a curry, Sukhadwala says. (Clockwise from bottom right) Curries from Malaysia, Thailand, Goa, Bengal, the Malabar coast, and Assam. (HT Archives)
Any spiced dish with a gravy, of Indian origin or influence, cooked in a pot, qualifies as a curry, Sukhadwala says. (Clockwise from bottom right) Curries from Malaysia, Thailand, Goa, Bengal, the Malabar coast, and Assam. (HT Archives)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 03:57 PM IST
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Tox screen report: Check out new variants of the Bechdel test for movies

Are films becoming more inclusive and diverse? New tests are demanding more than the Bechdel parameters of two women who speak to each other about something other than a man. They’re asking: Do the characters also have a purpose, a voice, a happy ending? And, who’s behind the lens?
In Hollywood and Bollywood, as audiences change, films are changing too. Blockbusters such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Coco, Everything Everywhere all at Once and Encanto have, over the past five years, showcased a range of races and cultures. Mainstream Hindi films such as Queen, Badhaai Do and Secret Superstar are more realistically representing women, Muslims and the LGBTQ community.
In Hollywood and Bollywood, as audiences change, films are changing too. Blockbusters such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Coco, Everything Everywhere all at Once and Encanto have, over the past five years, showcased a range of races and cultures. Mainstream Hindi films such as Queen, Badhaai Do and Secret Superstar are more realistically representing women, Muslims and the LGBTQ community.
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 01:57 PM IST
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How much did they get right? A look at films set in 2022

The mega-storms are here. The satellites to control them, not yet. We haven’t run out of food, or seen society fall apart (entirely). But these films do all raise the critical question: What happens if we continue down our current path?
Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War. In the film, a metaphor for the climate crisis, time-travellers from the future return to 2022 to warn humans of a coming war they cannot win in their own time.
Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War. In the film, a metaphor for the climate crisis, time-travellers from the future return to 2022 to warn humans of a coming war they cannot win in their own time.
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 11:12 PM IST
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I am still pinching myself to see if this is real: Falu on win

Mumbai “It was magical… like nothing I could have imagined,” musician Falguni Shah aka Falu told HT, hours after she won the award for Best Children’s Album at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas
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Published on Apr 05, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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Falu takes Indian music for kids to the Grammys

Mumbai: Through songs about pots and pans, crayons and rainbows, Indian musician Falguni Shah, aka Falu, has been spreading a message of harmony among children in the US
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Published on Apr 01, 2022 11:22 PM IST
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All together now: Treasures from the Islamic Art gallery at Salar Jung Museum

Jade rings, ornate daggers, Mughal-era shields and ancient manuscripts of the Quran — India’s first such gallery will display items from around the world, united by a shared artistry.
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s jade archery ring (designed to protect an archer’s thumb) is so dark green, it’s almost black. (Image courtesy Salar Jung Museum)
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s jade archery ring (designed to protect an archer’s thumb) is so dark green, it’s almost black. (Image courtesy Salar Jung Museum)
Updated on Mar 19, 2022 03:03 PM IST
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Tailor-made: From Kerala, a superhero to save the day

Why does Minnal Murali feel so distinctly Indian? What did it take to make it on such a small budget, and why does the world still crave superhero tales to begin with? Excerpts from an interview with director Basil Joseph.
‘We knew the rivalry couldn’t be a personal affair. It had to be the villain against the village, and the hero coming in to save the village,’ Joseph says.
‘We knew the rivalry couldn’t be a personal affair. It had to be the villain against the village, and the hero coming in to save the village,’ Joseph says.
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 04:27 PM IST
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Not in the mood for more Batman? Meet some of India’s lesser-known superheroes

The India squad are an unusual blend of faith and science, myth and conformity. There are cops, schoolgirls, changelings, goddesses, and some snarky rebels too.
Not in the mood for more Batman? Meet some of India’s lesser-known superheroes
Not in the mood for more Batman? Meet some of India’s lesser-known superheroes
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 04:26 PM IST
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First Wheelchair Basketball League in city today

he league, created by non-profit organisation Project Mumbai, is part of a larger mission to make Mumbai more accessible, and draw the attention of non-challenged citizens to para-sports
he five teams in the league include 20 national- and international-level wheelchair basketball players, as well as players affiliated to the Armed Forces Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Khadki, Pune (HT Photo)
he five teams in the league include 20 national- and international-level wheelchair basketball players, as well as players affiliated to the Armed Forces Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Khadki, Pune (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 07:55 PM IST
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All fired up: Urban ceramicists are moulding clay, finding themselves

India has found a new love for pottery in the pandemic. Fans swear it’s about more than crafting wares. It takes focus, mindfulness, meditation; and can offer lessons in starting over and in letting go.
‘When things go wrong with an intricate piece, it has to be discarded with no second thought. There are a lot of lessons to be learned,’ says ceramicist Carmel Hessing, seen here at work in her stoneware studio Claysutra in Hyderabad.
‘When things go wrong with an intricate piece, it has to be discarded with no second thought. There are a lot of lessons to be learned,’ says ceramicist Carmel Hessing, seen here at work in her stoneware studio Claysutra in Hyderabad.
Updated on Mar 04, 2022 05:46 PM IST
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Empathy Machines: Can virtual reality prevent domestic abuse?

In France and Spain, new VR-driven technology attempts to prompt empathy in abusers by showing them the perspective of victims and experience a very specific kind of fear
Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002), based on a dystopian 1956 novella by Philip K Dick, revolves around 2054 where there’s predictive policing: masked men are apprehended as they set out to rob a bank; a mugger is stopped in his tracks, moments before his next crime.
Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002), based on a dystopian 1956 novella by Philip K Dick, revolves around 2054 where there’s predictive policing: masked men are apprehended as they set out to rob a bank; a mugger is stopped in his tracks, moments before his next crime.
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 10:50 PM IST
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Spies in disguise: Can AI really predict and prevent crimes?

Crime forecasting makes for great movie plots. In reality, the machines, like humans, struggle to tell a villain from a victim. See how cities are faring with AI-based policing experiments and what it means for our fundamental rights
With increased surveillance our freedom and privacy may be compromised, say experts. Any form of policing involves a decision to give away a certain amount of freedom in exchange for a certain promise of security. (Shutterstock)
With increased surveillance our freedom and privacy may be compromised, say experts. Any form of policing involves a decision to give away a certain amount of freedom in exchange for a certain promise of security. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 10:49 PM IST
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The playbook: Do you need a life coach, a counsellor or a therapist?

How deep do you want to dive? Is the assistance you’re seeking short-term or longer-term? Should you start with one and advance to another? A quick guide.
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Updated on Feb 12, 2022 06:04 PM IST
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Get couched in the basics: Tips for the nervous newcomer to therapy

What should you expect? How much should you share? Is there a right thing or a wrong thing to say? Take a look.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Feb 12, 2022 05:51 PM IST
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All on record: How creators handle personal and professional life

They started out with just a camera and a whim. Now they’ve got lakhs of followers. Money is pouring in. But when content creators must post around the clock to stay famous and relevant, the lines between personal and social, work and life, can blur. See how those at the top manage it all.
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Updated on Feb 05, 2022 11:01 AM IST
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Tunnel visions: Inside India’s secret passageways

What lies beneath your feet? Across India’s cities, secret tunnels and hidden passageways are being discovered, often by accident, reopening doors to the past. Take a tour.
Beneath Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan is an underground complex of 13 rooms. They were built most likely to store munitions through a siege, and as a safe haven. (Photo courtesy Raj Bhavan)
Beneath Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan is an underground complex of 13 rooms. They were built most likely to store munitions through a siege, and as a safe haven. (Photo courtesy Raj Bhavan)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 03:53 PM IST
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Biggest challenge was state of mind, says Indian behind world’s largest drawing

Ravi Soni, a 42-year-old from Udaipur, ended 2020 in despair, without a job. A year later, he set a Guinness record with just a canvas and marker pens. Along the way, he got fitter, faced his fears. And learnt, he says, if you can control your thoughts, it all starts there.
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Updated on Jan 21, 2022 08:50 PM IST
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Doyen of India’s culture, he left a mark across the world

Maharaj-ji, as he was popularly known, died in the early hours of Monday in his New Delhi home, surrounded by his family and disciples, his daughter Ragini Maharaj said.
Pandit Birju Maharaj performs at an event in Bengaluru. (Arunkumar Rao)
Pandit Birju Maharaj performs at an event in Bengaluru. (Arunkumar Rao)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 06:38 AM IST
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How did our gardens grow? Check out the Botanical Survey’s digital archives

Strange flowers, some long-extinct, still bloom in the digital archives of the Botanical Survey of India. A trove of drawings going back 200 years is now open to the public. Take a tour.
India’s largest flower, the Sapria himalayana or hermit’s spittoon, a very rare parasitic plant. (Image courtesy Botanical Survey of India)
India’s largest flower, the Sapria himalayana or hermit’s spittoon, a very rare parasitic plant. (Image courtesy Botanical Survey of India)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 05:24 PM IST
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Material history: Check out the dyes and textiles section of the BSI archives

About 3,000 samples of dyes are preserved here. From medicines to make-up, see what their many uses were, before the use of chemical dyes became widespread.
Textile designs created using natural vegetable dyes. (Photo courtesy Botanical Survey of India)
Textile designs created using natural vegetable dyes. (Photo courtesy Botanical Survey of India)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 03:42 PM IST
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Level up: Tour the new battlegrounds of the gaming world

Players are starting to own and control more of their gaming worlds. What they own is starting to have more value. Assets and avatars in the form of NFTs are now tradeable. They can be exchanged for a cryptocurrency outside the game as well. Gamers could soon be making their own games in-game too.
 (Images via The Sandbox, Axie Infinity, Sorare, Roblox, Zed Run, Gods Unchained, Louis the Game, Epic Games, Battlegrounds Mobile India; HT imaging: Puneet Kumar)
(Images via The Sandbox, Axie Infinity, Sorare, Roblox, Zed Run, Gods Unchained, Louis the Game, Epic Games, Battlegrounds Mobile India; HT imaging: Puneet Kumar)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 06:48 PM IST
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Once Upon a Time in Odisha: Check out short stories from across 100 years

A new collection offers a rare look at Odia’s changing storytelling traditions. Some tales go back more than a century. Each celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.
 (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 06:03 PM IST
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Profit and gloss: A new book explores the history of Vogue magazine

Glossy: the Inside Story of Vogue trawls through its 129-year history and emerges with tales of resistance to the Nazis, record-setting photoshoots, the invention of the catwalk and more.
The first Vogue cover, 1892. ‘The definite object is the establishment of a dignified authentic journal of society, fashion and the ceremonial side of life,’ founder Arthur Turnure said, in his opening letter to readers. (Image courtesy Glossy: The Inside Story of Vogue)
The first Vogue cover, 1892. ‘The definite object is the establishment of a dignified authentic journal of society, fashion and the ceremonial side of life,’ founder Arthur Turnure said, in his opening letter to readers. (Image courtesy Glossy: The Inside Story of Vogue)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 05:26 PM IST
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High fashion brands from Gucci to LV are launching their own games. See why

Brands are edging into the shiny new world of playable NFTs. Some are offering virtual version of their products within existing games, others are crafting entirely new game worlds of their own.
Louis the Game was launched by fashion house Louis Vuitton in 2021, to mark the 200th birth anniversary of its eponymous founder. In the game, the player must travel through six worlds to collect 200 candles and win NFT collectible as prizes.
Louis the Game was launched by fashion house Louis Vuitton in 2021, to mark the 200th birth anniversary of its eponymous founder. In the game, the player must travel through six worlds to collect 200 candles and win NFT collectible as prizes.
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 07:03 PM IST
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Game assist: How players’ guilds are altering the landscape

It’s become so expensive to sign up as a player in some game worlds that veterans are forming guilds to help out, lending NFTs and other tools to newcomers, in exchange for a share of their future earnings. This is just one indication of how NFTs are decentralising power and changing the rules of the gaming world.
In Axie Infinity, players acquire, breed and train fluffy Pokemon-type creatures called Axies. Each Axie is an NFT or digital-only asset that can be traded on an NFT exchange platform. Thanks to guilds set up independently by players, these NFTs are also now being leased in-game to new players.
In Axie Infinity, players acquire, breed and train fluffy Pokemon-type creatures called Axies. Each Axie is an NFT or digital-only asset that can be traded on an NFT exchange platform. Thanks to guilds set up independently by players, these NFTs are also now being leased in-game to new players.
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 06:06 PM IST
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Rhythm and clues: Saving songs, uniting tribes in Manipur

Meet musicians fighting the clock to preserve rich and endangered oral heritage, and trace a common history, in the northeastern state.
Ch Lamtachao, chief of Heikakpokpi village, is the last musician and thereby the last keeper of the oral history of Manipur’s Tarao tribe.
Ch Lamtachao, chief of Heikakpokpi village, is the last musician and thereby the last keeper of the oral history of Manipur’s Tarao tribe.
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 01:18 PM IST
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