Friday, October 31, 2008

Blir


Blir is a regularly produced online magazine which acts as a platform for emerging artists in the fields of illustration, photography, graphic design, printmaking and painting. Each issue features the work of a handful of artists, and focuses on full screen examples of each artist's work, with some accompanying explanatory text. Now in its tenth issue, back copies are available for viewing in PDF format, dating back to 2005. The website also has information on submitting items for inclusion in future issues, a regularly updated news blog, and it is possible to sign up to be included in the mailing list.
Link: http://www.blir.net/
Access: Free

Critical Studies in Television


'Critical studies in television' is an online scholarly resource and critical forum for studying television. It is sponsored by the Department of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is related to the hard copy journal of the same name published by Manchester University Press. Information relating to the journal is provided on this website, including submission guidelines, and an index of previous articles, dating back to the first copy, published in 2006. Other sections of the website include information on television-related courses throughout the world, including academic vacancies; details of forthcoming conferences, talks and reports; useful links; and related resources, including broadcasting companies, industry links and TV archives, books and history.
Link: http://www.criticalstudiesintelevision.com/
Access: Free

Atlas of Cyberspace


The Atlas of Cyberspace' (2001) was an influential book examining the ways in which the internet and networked systems had been visualised between 1970 and 2000. The book... "contained 300 full colour images [which] comprehensively catalogues 30 years". The book is now freely available online under a Creative Commons licence, in PDF format. There is a high-resolution version available, which is 228Mb in size. Individual chapters can also be downloaded. This book will be of interest to those examining the history of the emergence of the networked society, and may also be of interest to graphic designers involved in infographics.
Link: http://www.kitchin.org/atlas/
Access: Free

Vintage Poison Labels


Just in time for Hallowe'en, this gallery provides images of vintage poison labels.
Link: http://www.spookshows.com/poison/poison.htm
Access: Free

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Brill Journals Archive


The Library has just taken out a subscription to Brill Journals Archive, providing full-text access to over 50,000 articles published before 2000 in 80 journals. Suitable for graduates and postgraduates, this resource has content relevant to medicine, behavioural science, the humanities, human rights, international law, science, and the social sciences. All articles are available in full-text via the IngentaConnect platform. A list of the journals covered is available here.
Link: http://www.ingentaconnect.com
Access: Free (on campus only)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Frieze Art Fair Podcasts


The Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. It features around 150 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.
This year, Frieze have made a series of podcasts available on their website. The podcast series includes Music critic Simon Reynolds chairing a panel that examines the notion of a subculture; Artist, writer, architect, educator, ecologist and radical gardener Fritz Haeg giving a keynote talk exploring populist projects; Raqs Media Collective performing a selection of reports and conversations gathered from their nomadic practices as artists, curators and theorists; and many, many more.
Link: http://www.friezeartfair.com/podcasts/
Access: Free

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fact.Tv


Fact, Liverpool's centre for Film, Art and Creative Television, has just launched Fact.tv, its innovative platform of exclusive videos and interviews with artists and filmmakers. The channel also provides views of exhibition previews, tips and behind-the-scenes footage.
Link: http://www.fact.tv/
Access: Free

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Life of a City


Produced by the Library of Congress' Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division on their American Memory website, the Life of a City website brings together a collection of films of New York City dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. There is also background information on New York at the turn of the century to put the material shown in the films into context.
Twenty-five of the films in this collection were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty were made by Edison Company Productions. In addition there is a selected bibliography and a selection of resources related to the collection. One can search the collection by keyword, browse the subject index or view a list of the film titles. This resource would be of interest to film historians and students concerned with the history of film.
Link: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/nychome.html
Access: Free

Le Garde-Meuble


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries website provides this online edition of their run of the periodical, `Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne' (Furniture repository, ancient and modern). The Cooper Hewitt has an almost complete set of the periodical and it is the only known library collection in the United States.
This bi-monthly periodical exerted an enormous influence by promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics and interior decoration for nearly a century, from 1839. Created by furniture designer and publisher Désiré Guilmard (ca.1810-ca.1885), the periodical "consisted entirely of illustrations of designs for furniture, window treatments and room settings". The collection of nearly 400 hand coloured plates, for the period 1841 to 1851, can be browsed by style/period of furniture ranging from Directoire through to Rococo Revival and Troubadour, or by type of furniture: floor plans, window treatments, furniture-casework and seating. The plates can also be browsed by volume. Larger images are available by clicking on the thumbnails in the galleries, and this visual resource is of great value to restorers, curators, historians, and furniture designers.
Link: http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Art-Design/garde-meuble/
Access: Free

Maps of London


The British Library website has provided this online exhibition featuring the Crace collection of maps of London. Collected by the 19th-century designer, Frederick Crace (1779-1859), these 1,200 printed and hand-drawn maps chart the development of the city of London and its immediate vicinity from around 1570 to 1860. The British Library's Head of Maps, Peter Barber, has selected five of these maps as his personal favourites. Ranging from 1593 to 1854 these are featured on the front page of this site. All the items in this exhibition are available to view via a listing, which is not searchable. Clicking on any title provides a short description, medium, date and cartographer, with the image. By clicking on the more metadata button, further information relating to the size, scale and ratio of each map is also available. As well as an option to print a full size copy, there is also a facility for an interactive zoomable image (requires Flash).
Link: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/crace/
Access: Free

Researcher's Guide to Screen Heritage


This website is a comprehensive directory of the publicly accessible sources of material related to the history of moving images and sound in the United Kingdom. It combines the former BUFVC Researcher’s Guide Online (RGO) with a new directory of artefacts produced by the UK Screen Heritage Network.
You can search for both moving image content and artefacts, as well as sound collections across the UK. The Advanced Artefacts search enables you to refine your search across ten categories including TV, Video and Digital, Animation, Film-making, Sets and Costumes, Cinema and Sound.
Link: http://joseph.bufvc.ac.uk/rgo/index.php
Access: Free

Journal of Popular Film and Television


We have just activated online access to the Journal of Popular Film and Television. GSA students, researchers and staff can now get access to all issues of this journal between 2004-2008. Access is on-campus only.
Articles discuss networks, genres, series, and audiences, as well as celebrity stars, directors, and studios. Regular features include essays on the social and cultural background of films and television programs, filmographies, bibliographies, and commissioned book and video reviews. Each year, the journal publishes one theme issue on such subjects as "Media Literacy and Education: The Teacher-Scholar in Film and Television" and "Fantastic Voyages: Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction/Speculative Cinema."
Link: http://www.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0195-6051
Access: On-campus only.

Friday, October 17, 2008

NewsFilm Online


The Library now has a subscription to NewsFilm Online.
NewsFilm Online offers access to over 3,000 hours of downloadable television news and cinema newsreels, selected from the huge ITN/Reuters Television archives. Delivered online in high quality format, this resource is a gateway of unmatched richness to one hundred years of news. Users can watch and download over 50,000 clips, including significant historical events such as the Crystal Palace fire, or the first interview with Nelson Mandela. In addition to the video clips, resources such as running orders and scripts, images, background on news footage, and learning and teaching tools are available.
Link: http://www.nfo.ac.uk
Access: Athens

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Periodicals Archive Online


The Library now has a subscription to Periodicals Archive Online.
This extensive resource provides full-text access to 100s of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It provides researchers with access to more than 200 years of scholarship, spread across a wide variety of subject areas.
For those journals where full-text in not available within Periodicals Archive Online, but is available within the Library's JSTOR collections, we have provided links that will take you straight to the JSTOR full-text without the need for a separate login.
Link: http://pao.chadwyck.co.uk/home.do
Access: Athens

WGSN

The Library now has a subscription to WGSN.
WGSN is the world's leading online business-to-business news and information service for the fashion and style industries. It currently offers over 300,000 pages of the most comprehensive, invaluable and up-to-the-minute international style intelligence.
Link: http://www.wgsn-edu.com
Access: username and password required. Enquire at Library Service Desk

GreenFile


The Library now has a subscription to GreenFile.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 384,000 records, as well as full text for more than 4,700 records.
Link:
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=shib
Access: Athens

Pinewood Dialogues


Pinewood Dialogues is a collection of 76 audio files of conversations with influential figures in film, tv and digital media, including Stan Brakhage, David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Michel Gondry, David Cronenberg, Paul Thomas Anderson and many more.
Link: http://www.movingimage.us/pinewood/
Access: Free

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Australian Travel Posters


The Follow the Sun website provides images from the National Library of Australia's collections of vintage Australian travel posters, created by the Australian National Travel Association (ANTA) from the 1930s to the 1950s.
The images can be browsed by area (destination); by symbols of Australia - 'beach, sun and surf'; or by pictorial style. Biographical information for selected artists is also provided.
Link: http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/sun/
Access: Free

Friday, October 10, 2008

3rd Year H+C Book Reviews


For 3rd Year H+C students getting to grips with their current book review project, help is at hand from the Library. All GSA students can get full-text access to the Art Book journal, which has been reviewing quality art publications since 1994. Students can access the full-text of reviews back to 1997, providing a whole host of examples of professional book reviews.
Access is direct on-campus.
Link: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118515273/home
Access: Free on campus

Friday, October 03, 2008

A-N Resource


Artists' Newsletter based in Newcastle publishes a self-titled magazine (taken in print form by the Library) along with many other research based publications. Publications concentrate on professional issues and practice, such as how to establish charging rates, dealing with commissions, issues surrounding different types of work and exhibition space, and collaborative practice.
The Library has just renewed its subscription A-N Resource, providing online access to all this content, including back issues of Artists' Newsletter.
Access: Athens

JSTOR Ireland Now Available


The Library has just added the Ireland Collection to its JSTOR resource. JSTOR provides full-text access to journal articles from hundreds of arts, humanities and social science journals. The Library now has subscriptions to the Arts and Humanities Collection I, II and II and the Ireland Collection.
The Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary resource of materials from and about Ireland. It contains a minimum of 2,500 manuscripts, 200 monographs, and 75 ceased and currently publishing journals. Complementing JSTOR's existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.
Link: http://www.jstor.org
Access: Athens

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fairground Archives


This month's Limelight feature from the Archives Hub focuses on two of the collections held at the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield, featuring articles on the history of fairs, complete with images, and information on the Archive's holdings.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/oct08.shtml
Access: Free