Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Julian Opie


This is the official website for the British artist Julian Opie. Known for his computerised imagery, the website features a number of examples of his work, including moving images. The highly stylized website is divided into sections, including Art, which incorporates examples of his work, under the categories Paintings, Sculpture and Films. There are details of his shows and exhibitions, dating back to 2001 and wallpapers and screensavers are available for downloading. Other features include the Information section, which contains Opie's curriculum vitae, a Bibliography of related books, catalogues, articles and reviews, a list of web links, covering galleries, museums and projects, and a section entitled 'Texts', which includes transcripts of interviews with the artist, and other miscellaneous items.
Link: http://www.julianopie.com/
Access: Free

Norman Parkinson Archive


This is the website for the Norman Parkinson Archive, located in London, and managed by Eric Franck and Elizabeth Smith. One of the twentieth century's best known British fashion photographers, Parkinson was instrumental in changing the style of portrait and fashion photography in Britain. The website provides background information on Norman Parkinson and the Archive, and there is an informative chronology of his work, and a biography. Also included is a selective portfolio of some of his photographs, searchable by decade or by title. Images are enlargeable, and accompanying text is available.
Link: http://normanparkinson.com/
Access: Free

Red Scare


The Red Scare website is an image database focussing on the history of the United States in the period immediately following the end of the First World War and the widespread concern at social and political upheaval. It provides access to almost 300 images - photographs and political cartoons - reproduced primarily from contemporary newspapers and magazines of that time. The collection can be searched by subject or chronologically. A list of headings - arranged alphabetically - is available. Each image is accompanied by a list of keywords which link the record to related entries within the database. Full text of the images' captions is reproduced to enhance legibility.
Link: http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu/digital/redscare/default.htm
Access: Free

Film Scriptwriting


This is the website of filmscriptwriting.com, a website dedicated to scriptwriting. The website contains essays, guides and sample scripts. The section on story structure contains guidelines and essays on how to structure your story or plot, and how to go about the opening scene. There is a section on the technicalities of script formatting. The character development section contains essays on character research, the villain and character relationships. The ideas factory is a section which provides help in creating a loose structure and guide for how to create ideas with the potential to be developed into a script. Essays included are: beating writers block and finding stories to turn into a screenplay. Selling your script covers issues such as copyright, working with agents and market research. The sample scripts section contains sample scripts of films such as Pulp Fiction, the Bourne Identity and Alien.
Link: http://www.filmscriptwriting.com/
Access: Free

RCA Photography 2007


This website provides a showcase for the work of the graduating MA students from Photography, School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art 2007. The website consists of an alphabetical listing of students, with each name linking through to a selection of their photographic work, each photograph accompanied by descriptive text. Where possible, links through to individual students' websites are provided, in addition to email contact details. It is also possible to download students' CVs, available in PDF format. Also included on the website are excerpts from some students' essays.
Link: http://www.rca-photography.org/
Access: Free

Visual Directions


The 'Visual Directions' website is an online learning resource developed by the Creative Learning in Practice Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, at the University of the Arts London. Primarily aimed at fashion design students, it is a resource to help students in two key areas: the use of sketchbooks, and reflective commentaries.
The resource attempts to provide an innovative learning experience, rich in its use of visuals, in preference to the use of linear formats often found in online guides for students. As such the resource utilises a Flash plug-in and the use of podcast video clips. The website takes students through the stages of using a sketchbook, and provides easily accessible information on reflective writing. There are examples of students' work throughout, and podcasts feature staff and students discussing their practices.
Link: http://www.arts.ac.uk/cetl/visual-directions/
Access: Free

History of the CND Logo


History of the round peace sign from CND, which was created in 1958 by professional designer Gerald Holtom as the symbol for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). "Gerald Holtom, a conscientious objector who had worked on a farm in Norfolk during the Second World War, explained that the symbol incorporated the semaphore letters N(uclear) and D(isarmament)." This resource also describes misrepresentations and misuse of the symbol.
Link: http://www.cnduk.org/index.php/information/info-sheets/the-cnd-logo.html
Access: Free

Open Source Embroidery


The Open Source Embroidery Project describes itself as "a socially engaged art project developed through workshops and an email list". The project brings together programming for embroidery and computing, based on the common characteristics of needlework crafts and open source computer programming. Also provided on the website are details of a related project, 'HTML patchwork', a project facilitated by Ele Carpenter, artist in residence at Access Space, Sheffield. The website provides full details regarding the projects, information on related workshops and exhibitions, and a useful links page.
Link: http://www.open-source-embroidery.org.uk/
Access: Free

Friday, April 25, 2008

Cuban Posters


This is a growing blog about Cuban posters from Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina (OSPAAAL), Comisión de Orientación Revolucionaria (COR), Casa de las Americas and other cultural, political and social agencies in Cuba. Recent entries that show the vibrancy and creativity of Cuban poster design include film posters by Eduardo Munoz Bachs, Niko and Antonio Fernández Reboiro from the 1960s. Entries also include reviews from books and journals surrounding the subject.
Link: http://cubanposterart.blogspot.com/
Access: Free

Researching Videogames


The latest Limelight feature from Intute: Arts and Humanities is Researching Videogames. This provides an extensive view of the study of videogames using sources found freely on the Internet many of which have been reviewed by Intute, as well as sample chapters from a number of books which are available online. YouTube videos are also mentioned, showing the evolution of game consoles, from PONG to Wii.
Link: http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/limelight/videogames.html
Access: Free

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bjork's Wanderlust


Icelandic singer Bjork is renowned for her innovative music videos made in collaboration with artists, directors and animators such as Spike Jonze, Chris Columbus and Michel Gondry.

Her latest video Wanderlust follows the singer as she goes on a mystical voyage and herds prehistoric beasts through a lush wilderness.

The video was shot in 3-D using custom-built equipment by San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers Encyclopedia Pictura. The 7 minute video took 9 months to produce. More than 150 artists, sculptors and interns worked on the project.

Wired.com brings you an exclusive web premiere of both the 3D and 2D versions, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/5gffkp

Access: Free

Thursday, April 17, 2008

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera


The John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera is now available to all GSA students, researchers and staff through your Athens account. The resource provides access to about 65,000 items of printed ephemera. Housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the John Johnson Collection is widely recognised as one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world and generally regarded as the most significant single collection of ephemera in the UK. It was assembled by John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956), Printer to the University, who was visionary in his preservation of Britain's vulnerable paper heritage. It contains a high proportion of unique material, which has remained largely hidden to scholars and researchers. Collections include:
  • Nineteenth-Century Entertainment including theatre material and non-theatrical entertainment material.
  • The Booktrade - including publishing material (e.g. prospectuses of books and journals) and bookplates.
  • Popular Prints - including landscapes, architecture, artistic works and topography.
  • Crime, Murders, and Executions - a mixture of single sheets and pamphlets that afford unique insights into the judicial system and its punishments.
  • Advertising - including social and economic history, popular culture, trades and industries, and typographic design.
Link: http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk/home.do
Access: Athens

The Meatrix


This animated satire of The Matrix trilogy describes the issues and ethics of factory farming. It was produced by Free Range Studios in 2003 as part of a commission by the GrassRoots Action Center for the Environment.
In this dark satire, Leo the pig is approached by Moopheus, the anthropomorphic bull who shows Leo that the bucolic farm is an illusion, and that really he is trapped in a horrific factory farm.
Link: http://www.themeatrix.com/
Access: Free

Graphic Designers Tackle Stem Cells


What We've Found Out About Stem Cells presents a series of video animation designed and created by graphic designers that explore issues of cell stem engineering and DNA.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/filmnetwork/A17992317
Access: Free

Making the Modern World


Making the Modern World is an online exhibition bringing 'powerful stories about science and invention to life from the 18th century to today'. It explores the development and global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives. It features guided tours, a timeline, icons on invention, and learning modules. Rich media content is included.
Link:
http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/
Access: Free

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Sailors' Craftwork


As part of their collections website, the National Maritime Museum has provided a section on sailors' craftwork. This collection of folk art was made mostly by seamen either in their spare time or on shore during their retirement. It comprises a mixture of decorative ropework, woodwork and metalwork as well as woolwork pictures. Some items include the use of whalebone, walrus tusk and scrimshaw. These items date from the second half of the 19th century into the early 20th century. Clicking on individual sections within this collection provides a brief description, as well as maker`s name where known, date and materials used.
Link: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/index.cfm/category/90366/
Access: Free

Jonathan Ive on Apple


The Design Museum London website has provided this resource on Jonathan Ive and his designs for Apple, from the 1998 iMac to the 2003 PowerBookG4. Ive was the first winner of the Design Museum Designer of the Year prize. He describes decisions behind the design process, from materials to function for the iMac computer, and other products such as the Powerbook which he designed in 2003. Another section considers his design of the iPod in 2001 and 2002 . An illustration is provided for each of these objects. There is a brief biography in the form of a chrononology, with a link to an interview with Ive.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/6mlzx
Access: Free

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Powerhouse Museum


The Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Australia has become the first museum in the world to release publicly-held historical photographs for access on Flickr via a Creative Commons Licence. Powerhouse has released an initial 200 photographs from its Tyrell Collection, and will continue to add more from this 7900+ image collection over the coming weeks.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/
Access: Free

Instant Anatomy


The Instant Anatomy website contains illustrations of the human body to aid the study of human anatomy with diagrams and podcasts.
Link: http://www.instantanatomy.net/anatomy.html
Access: Free

Monday, April 07, 2008

tank.tv

tank.tv is an online gallery of contemporary film and new media work, "a platform and archive for contemporary moving images" founded by Tank Magazine in 2003. Although the website requires free registration, access to all the films on the website is free. tank.tv curate various online exhibitions each year, and there is also an archive of film pieces dating back to 1999 on the website. The archive is ordered by date, then listed by film-maker.
Link: http://www.tank.tv/
Access: Free (registration required)

BetaSpace

This is the website of BetaSpace, which is an online gallery of digital artworks. The BetaSpace project was conceived originally by four graduate students in the Multimedia Graduate Programme at California State University.
BetaSpace has "the goal of creating a platform for more artistic, personal expression on the Internet". The website comprises galleries of online artworks, many using Flash. The gallery interfaces are also in Flash. Click the scrolling images to launch individual works. There are also accompanying explanatory texts.
Link: http://www.betaspace.org/
Access: Free

The Albert G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs


Over 500 photographs, prints, drawings, caricatures, and printed illustrations from the personal collection of materials related to baseball and other sports gathered by the early baseball player and sporting-goods tycoon A.G. Spalding.
This collection includes 19th-century studio portraits of players and teams of the day, rare images, photographs, and original drawings. Also includes a brief background of the collection. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
Link: http://tinyurl.com/65b64x
Access: Free

Virtual Library of Ceramics

The ceramics virtual library is part of the WWW Virtual Library, a network of online links pages for various subject areas. The ceramics virtual library draws together useful links, selected by ceramics experts. Links are annotated with brief details and are gathered into the following categories: ceramic arts; traditional ceramics (organised by geographic location); commercial technical ceramics (divided into advanced ceramic manufacturing/structural ceramics, piezoelectric and other functional ceramics, equipment); and non-commercial technical ceramics (organised by geographic location). In addition, there are links to other resources such as journals, societies, conferences and jobs. Subject coverage is wide, ranging from individual potters, galleries and small pottery companies, through ceramics manufacturers and suppliers, to university departments and research centres.
Link: http://www.artchain.com/vlib_ceramics/
Access: Free

Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones

The University of Wisconsin has provided this online copy of the important work by Owen Jones, 'The Grammar of Ornament' published by Bernard Quartich in 1910. The content, including the colour plates, can be accessed free of charge through the table of contents, or viewed twenty pages at a time through the gallery facility.
A link to this online facsimile has been added to the catalogue record for this book in the Library Catalogue.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/5g5tva
Access: Free

Erich Fromm Resources


The website for the Internationale Erich Fromm Gesellschaft makes available information about the German psychoanalyst and social psychologist, who was also an important representative of 20th-century humanism, working in various fields of the humanities.
The Society publishes some 500 PDF files on this site of contributions by Fromm and authors discussing his writing. Users can access the archive's files written by Fromm from a chronological list, which also provides the title, type of document, and year of publication. Contributions by other writers are located from an alphabetical list. Texts are in German or English and there is a search facility to locate keywords. There is also a detailed bibliography of Fromm's works and works on him. Mp3 files of Fromm reading excerpts of his work are also available.
Link: http://www.erich-fromm.de/
Access: Free

Friday, April 04, 2008

Improved Access to Newspaper Articles

We've just updated information on our newspaper subscriptions on both the Library Catalogue and Library Website, making it even easier to search for articles on particular subjects within the Guardian, Herald, Independent, Observer, Scotsman, Sunday Times and Times.
  • We've added links to the catalogue records of all newspapers, allowing you to access content online. Where archives are available, or where current current only is available, we've provided notes informing you of this.
  • We've also added information to the Times, alerting readers of the availability of Palmer's Index to the Times, available on CD-ROM in the Library and perfect if you want to search for articles on a particular subject.
  • For the Guardian and Observer, we've added links to the Guardian Digital Archive in the Library Catalogue. This indexes articles in the Guardian from 1821-1975 and in the Observer from 1900-1975. Searching is free, though full-text download is only available via personal subscriptions.
  • Finally we've added a link to 19th Century British Library Newspapers from the Herald in the Library Catalogue. This database is available to all GSA students and staff through an Athens account, and provides full-text articles from the Herald from 4 Feb 1820 - 31 Dec 1900.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Intute Guides


Intute has just launched several new subject booklets, introducing quality online resources in particular subjects and disciplines. These include environmental science, materials engineering, film and theatre, philosophy and education.

Link: http://www.intute.ac.uk/subjectbooklets.html