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GIFs seem to have become a ubiquitous presence on the internet—the driving force for hugely popular websites, and a bone of contention for pronunciation-snobs the world over. But amid a superfluity of cats and reality show soundbites, there exist thoughtful, intricately executed GIFs that suggest the form is much more worthy of the label “art” than the casual visitor to BuzzFeed might think.
Harvard’s residential housing system is currently in the midst of a massive overhaul––Quincy and Leverett have already undergone extensive renewal, and Dunster is slated to go under the knife next year. But this focus on modernization only tells part of the story. Each of Harvard’s twelve residential houses is home to artifacts that attest to its singular history.
New ideologies about aesthetics and an unprecedented appreciation of the past have emerged in tandem with modern technological methods to effectively recreate the grandiosity of the University’s historic look.
The work produced by undergraduates who are awarded creative theses varies widely with regard to medium as well as subject matter. But these students are united by a belief that creative work is just as valid a way of demonstrating scholarly excellence as critical work.
Stand-up comics often appear to be completely at ease, dishing out joke after joke in quick succession. While impressive, this seemingly effortless delivery belies the huge amount of work that goes into crafting a stand-up routine. Writing comedy takes not only talent, but also a willingness to devote oneself to the honing of skills that take years of experience to master.
Art-oriented students are often conflicted about pursuing the financial security of advertising on the one hand and the stigma of "selling out" on the other.
In an age where advertisements often seem to assault us at every turn (or rather, click) it is easy to develop a cynical attitude about the potential for advertisements to be works of art. But in fact, the history of advertising and the history of art are inextricably linked, and the advents of modern advertising continue to open up possibilities for artistic innovation within the field.
Declare baking an art form, and it’s likely you’ll be met with a few raised eyebrows. But for students at Harvard with a passion for creating desserts that are as aesthetically dazzling as they are delicious, there is no question that dessert-making is indeed an art form.
When the confessional, highly personal medium of spoken word poetry meets a slam competition, poets have to reconcile the strategizing required to do well in a tournament with staying true to themselves as artists.
Sampling has gained the approval of artists and critics alike. But while the artistic community sees it as an innovative device that should be continued, the law has lagged behind, creating a legal gray area that interferes with artistic innovation.
For performing artists practicing their crafts at a high level, the threat of injury is ever looming. When a dancer, musician or singer is sidelined by a performance-related injury, the rehabilitation process can be a frightening and lengthy process that may or may not end in recovery. In the field of performance-related rehabilitation, the focus has shifted to prevention. Often performance-related injuries are avoidable, but many performers are unaware of what they are doing wrong.
The Harvard theater community is in a period of tremendous productivity—but with it have come growing pains, with strains on personnel and space.