Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An opera in a Bauhaus swimming pool, counterculture in the internet age, a hotel-cinema hybrid and more

Modern Counterculture + the Invasive Internet “In the internet era, true counterculture is difficult to see, and even harder to find—but that doesn’t mean it’s not there,” Berlin-based writer Caroline Busta writes in her Document Journal debut, “The internet didn’t kill counterculture—you just won’t find it on Instagram.” In her article, Busta points out that counterculture isn’t as simply classified as it used to be. …

Climate Change Opera “Sun & Sea” in an Abandoned Bauhaus Swimming Pool

Thirty minutes outside of Berlin, in an abandoned Bauhaus swimming pool from 1928 that sits across from E-WERK Luckenwalde renewable power station and contemporary arts center, the climate change opera Sun & Sea will be staged 1-2 May. Created by three women artists in Lithuania—theater director Rugile Barzdziukaite, playwright Vaiva Grainyte and composer Lina Lapelyte—the opera won the 2019 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion, after queues …

Compose Your Own “Blob Opera” with Google Arts + Culture

The latest interactive offering from Google Arts & Culture, this time in conjunction with artist David Li, Blob Opera allows users—with the help of machine learning—to string together a song from a quartet of operatic colorful blobs. No musical training is necessary to bring the bass, mezzo-soprano, soprano and tenor blobs together—users simply select one (and access its corresponding vocal range) and pull forward and backward or up …