Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bertuch's Bilderbuch für Kinder

The Bibliodyssey blog currently features a fascinating series of illustrations from 'Bertuch's Bilderbuch für Kinder', a 12-volume natural history / science / enthnographic encyclopedia for children published in instalments between 1790 and 1830.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/04/world-around-us.html
Access: Free

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Miniature Furniture

This collection of more than 500 images of "pieces of miniature furniture, decorative arts and accessories, and architectural elements represents nearly all the major English and American design styles from the Renaissance through the Early Modern period."
Link: http://contentdm.unl.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/kruger
Access: Free

Monday, April 27, 2009

Dutch Decorated Books

A collection of decorated books from the London College of Communication Library has been launched online this week by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS). The collection of Dutch decorated books provides primary source material for bookbinding research and is also of use to graphic design and typographical researchers.
The collection includes bindings in the Nieuwe Kunst and Art Nouveau styles by artists such as Jozef Cantre, Jan Toorop, and P.A.H. Hofman. The collection includes a Dutch translation of a collection of the writings of poet and designer William Morris (1834-1896), and this is the first binding work of designer and typographer Sjoerd Hendrik De Roos (1877-1962), who was inspired by the Arts and Craft movement, of which Morris was a leading figure.
There are several titles by Arthur van Schendel (1874-1946) the Dutch novelist and short-story writer, who produced some of the greatest novels of his period. Pieter Adriaan Hendrik Hofman (1885-1965) was a Dutch book binder and designer of many medias. His work represents a seminal period in book art, combining the sensibilities of the Art Nouveau movement with those of the Bauhaus. His work therefore represents a design bridge which stylistically links the oldest and newest titles of the collection.
Link: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/NDB
Access: Free

Art & Research

Issue 2 of Volume 2 of Art & Research from the GSA's Studio 55 has now been published. Art and Research is an artist-led, internationally peer-assessed e-journal of Research in Fine Art Practice, focused upon questions, contexts and methodologies of artistic research and practice. Art & Research aims to serve professional artists and academics, curators and critics, artistic researchers, postgraduate and doctoral research students and undergraduates, and to inform current pedagogical thought in a global context.
This issue of Art & Research gathers papers and artworks presented during significant international conferences and symposia dedicated to artistic research held between May and December 2008 in Dublin, Dundee, Reykjavik, Gothenburg and New York and is published in collaboration with MaHKUzine, Journal of Artistic Research # 7, Summer 2009 and Art Monitor: The Swedish Journal for Artistic Research.
This issue also includes related online artwork by Jacqueline Donachie, Irene Kopelman, Peter McCaughey, alexandra p. spaulding and Ina Wudtke, a research project report by Erik Andersson and a revisedtranslation of 'Artistic Research and the Poetics of Knowledge' by Kathrin Busch.
Link: http://www.artandresearch.org.uk
Access: Free

Friday, April 24, 2009

Verner Panton

This online museum "contains the complete works of Verner Panton (1926-1998)," a 20th-century Danish furniture and interior designer known for creating inflatable furniture and the single molded plastic Panton chair. Find images of designs for seating, lighting, wall elements, fabric, and interior environments.
Link: http://www.vernerpanton.com/
Access: Free

Aldo Leopold Archive

On this site search or browse through digitized images of Leopold essays, correspondence, diary and journal entries, and more. From University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
"Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th Century. Leopold's legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, private land management, environmental history, literature, education, esthetics, and ethics."
Link: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/AldoLeopold/
Access: Free

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kitagawa Utamaro

The Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge have a flash presentation of three elegant multi-colour woodblock Ukiyo-e books by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)known as 'The Bird Book', 'The Shell Book' and 'The Insect Book'. The site was developed to compliment an exhibition Kachōfūgetsu - the natural world in Japanese prints - running in the Shiba Gallery until May 17.
Courtesy of Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/utamaro/start.html
Access: Free

Corals

Images from Eugenius JC Esper's (1742-1810) Coral Book, courtesy of Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/04/coral-book.html
Access: Free

Colour Chart

The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) has provided 'Color Chart: Reinventing Color 1950 to Today', an online interactive resource based on an exhibition held in the museum from 2 March to 12 May 2008.
Featuring the work of forty-four modern artists, including Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, working in the media of sculpture, painting, photography as well as conceptual and installation art, who have rejected the traditional relationships between colours, this exhibition can be viewed by the work of individual artists, by media, or by a timeline running from 1918 to 2008.
Link: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2008/colorchart/
Access: Free

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lost Creator Guest Edits Wired

J. J. Abrams, creator of Lost and the latest film in the Star Trek trilogy, guests edits this month's Wired magazine, available in the GSA Library.
You can download the TED talk he gave in 2007 in either MP3 or MP4 format to hear him discussing his love of riddles, mystery and secrets.
Link: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/j_j_abrams_mystery_box.html
Access: Free

Art & Research on the Directory of Open Access Journals

Art & Research: Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods, published by Studio 55 at the Glasgow School of Art, has just been added to the Directory of Open Access Journals. DOAJ is an extensive searchable directory of high-quality journals that are provided free-at-the-point-of-use over the Internet.
Link: http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=17526388&genre=journal
Access: Free

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Crochet Coral Reef

Masterminding a project to model a coral reef in crochet, Margaret Wertheim hopes to share some of the most complicated mathematical models embodied in our universe with the minds of the masses. TED's film + video editor Kari Mulholland talked with Margaret Wertheim last week about the Crochet Coral Reef, as well as her theories of kindergarten and the beauty of pi.
This talk can be downloaded in MP4 format.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/d5dus4
Access: Free

John William Waterhouse

This website has been developed by ArtMagick to provide an online archive of paintings, drawings and sketches, to provide biographical information, and to reproduce out-of-print articles, as well as previously unpublished research on the British artist John William Waterhouse. The images are accessed by decade from 1870s to 1910s. A link is provided to the exhibition of Waterhouse's at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, which ran from 14 December 2008 to 3 May 2009. The section `Articles' provides information on Waterhouse patrons and collectors, as well as photographs of family and friends of the artist, and caricatures of Waterhouse. Articles are also provided on the models he used, as well as other material. The exhibition section includes an archive of exhibitions featuring works by Waterhouse.
Link: http://www.johnwilliamwaterhouse.com/home/
Access: Free

Architectural Inspirations of J. G. Ballard

Following the death from cancer of cult writer J. G. Ballard, the Architects Journal has a slideshow of the buildings that inspired him, including those strangely evocative non-places such as car parks and motorway flyovers.
The GSA Library stocks most of J. G. Ballard's novels and short stories in its Fiction Collection.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/catpuj
Access: Free

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bodyworld by Dash Shaw

Comic artist Dash Shaw has made the entire run of his Bodyworld comic available online. Bottomless Belly Button is available for lending in the Library.
Link: http://www.dashshaw.com/prelude.html
Access: Free

US Government Comics

A collection of comic books produced by the U.S. Government as informational and training aids. Dating from World War II to the present. Each comic can be downloaded in full as a PDF.
Link: http://contentdm.unl.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fcomics
Access: Free

South Californian Postcards

Find images of over 350 vintage postcards showing Southern California in the first half of the 20th century. See views of the Los Angeles Chinatown, Venice Beach, canals, the Angel's Flight railway, Farmer's Market, and the Hollywood Bowl. Postcard descriptions include historical background and transcription of printed matter. From the Von der Ahe Library, Loyola Marymount University.
Link: http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/socalpost.html
Access: Free

Americana Postcards

Digitized images of dozens of "brightly colored 'linen' cards ... [showing] roadside America." Find postcards of automobiles, city and town life, electric signs, interiors and exteriors of restaurants and motels, service stations, and stores and shops. From the Hagley Museum and Library.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/d9wgjs
Access: Free

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Library Display: C'est Mon Dada

This month's library display is of artists' books in the C'est Mon Dada series.
C’est Mon Dada is a collection of small artists' books dedicated to experimental, concrete and visual poetry, or any work combining text and visual arts in the spirit of Dada or Fluxus.
The collection is published by Red Fox Press in Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. Each issue comes in A6 format with 40 pages. Previous contributors include Luc Fierens, Alec Finlay and Theo Breuer.
“C'est mon dada" is a French phrase meaning “It's my favourite thing” or “It's my hobby”. Dada in the language of French children means horse.
The display can be viewed on the top floor of the Main Library

Baroque Painting in Bologna

Part of the J. Paul Getty Museum website, this online resource was produced to complement their exhibition `Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologina, 1575-1725' featuring works by the Carracci family and their pupils and followers, which ran from 16 December 2008 to 3 May 2009. Some of these paintings illustrate the text on the main Web page, with facilities to enlarge or zoom to explore the paintings in more detail. Audio files accompany Carraci`s `Madonna Enthroned with Saint Matthew', Guernico`s painting of `The Return of the Prodigal Son', Domenichino`s `The Way to Calvary' and Crespi`s `Baptism'. Three paintings of `Joseph and Potiphar`s Wife' are compared via a hypertext link.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/captured_emotions/
Access: Free

Herzog and the Monsters

The short animated film Herzog and the Monsters by GSA graduate Lesley Barnes is now available to view on the BBC Film Network, along with a synopsis and director's notes.
"Little Herzog almost gets lost in a forest full of monsters, or are they letters? A graphic fairytale in digital cut-out animation full of books and letters, about the wealth of language and the worlds we create with it...."
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/filmnetwork/A36540029
Access: Free

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ken Russell Savage Messiah

This site collects together information about the life and work of the much-acclaimed and equally much-maligned British maverick filmmaker Ken Russell (1927- ). It includes a biography of Russell; a chronology; a photograph gallery; news; interviews with Russell and those who have worked with him; an examination of his influences and the themes in his work; links to other Russell-related sites and a ten-minute documentary. All his films are listed, with stills and plot summaries, divided into eras: 'Salad Days' considers his early films such as 'French Dressing' (1963); 'The Classic Period': includes his adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's 'Women In Love' (1969); 'The Classic Period 2': 'Savage Messiah' (1972) and others; 'Cashing-In': 'Tommy' (1975); 'America': 'Altered States' (1980); 'Looking for a Budget': 'Gothic' (1986); 'Neverlands': includes another D.H. Lawrence adaptation 'The Rainbow' (1989). The TV section provides annotated lists of the classic Monitor films he made for the BBC, including 'Elgar' (1962) and the later 'Omnibus' films which included the brilliant 'Song of Summer' (1968) about the composer Delius.
Link: http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/
Access: Free

Aspects of the Victorian Book

'Aspects of the Victorian Book' is an online exhibition created by the British Library to mark the centenary of Queen Victoria's death in 1901. The site forms an introduction to printing and publishing techniques of the period, drawing on the British Library's large collection of 19th-century material. The exhibition is divided into two main sections, 'Production', and 'Publishing'. 'Production' covers topics including: printing techniques; illustration techniques (including photography and lithography); and binding. 'Publishing' concentrates on the types of books produced in the period, such as: novels; penny dreadfuls; children's books; and magazines.
Link:
http://www.bl.uk/collections/early/victorian/intro.html
Access: Free

Media Fabrics

'Media Fabrics: interactive cinemas' is the website of a major MIT research group, active from 1987 until 2006/8. The research focussed on what was termed 'media fabric' - a pervasive and seamless web of media and communications seen as having the potential for... "creative story potentials, meaningful real-time dialogues, social interactions, and personal or communal art and story-making". The website has a weblog (2004-2005); an archive of an earlier 'Interactive Cinemas' website; and a range of archived full-text academic papers. Example titles of papers include: 'The Un/Real Duet: intimacy & agency through interaction with a virtual character'; 'The Mindful Camera: common sense for documentary videography'; 'Children's Comprehension of Video Effects: understanding meaning, mood & message'; 'When Place Becomes Character: a critical framing of place for mobile and situated narratives'; and 'Fun: a condition of creative research', among others.
Link: http://mf.media.mit.edu/
Access: Free

MIT Labcast

The MIT 'Labcast' is an ongoing series of video presentations created and placed online by the MIT Media Lab. At April 2009 there are 36 Labcasts available for free viewing or download. Videos can also be downloaded in high-quality versions. At April 2009 the Labcasts include titles such as: 'The Psychology of the Guitar'; 'Urban Pixels' (new capabilities in urban light-art); 'Civic Media'; 'Storied Navigation'; 'The Online Magician' (hi-tech magic shows); 'Death and the Powers' (recent advances in visual music for performance); and 'Seamless' (interactive fashion), among others.
Link: http://labcast.media.mit.edu/
Access: Free

Technology, Entertainment, Design

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free.
Link: http://www.ted.com/
Access: Free

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dust Jackets

Online collection of images of "more than 2,000 original specimens of book jackets from trade books." The jackets "are from books published in the United States and Europe during two turbulent decades. Throughout, the illustrations and titles mirror the era's changing political concerns and desires. The dominant Art Deco design trends of the early years are evident." Browse by year, or search by keyword. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
Link: http://tinyurl.com/ckv8qo
Access: Free

Book/Shelf

Companion to an exhibit of modern art in the shape of books, which are "difficult to categorize. ... The works presented here use a variety of techniques -- photography, film printing, assemblage, drawing, and sound recording." View highlights of works by artists such as Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, and Brian Belott. From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Link: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2008/bookshelf/
Access: Free

Written in Bone

This exhibit "examines history through 17th-century bone biographies, including those of colonists teetering on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia, and those living in the wealthy and well-established settlement of St. Mary's City, Maryland." Features include a comic based on an actual forensic case, a series of forensic case files, and illustrated essays on bones, forensic anthropology, and Colonial life. From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Link: http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/
Access: Free

Cartier-Bresson and Levitt

Website accompanying a 2008 exhibit in which "for the very first time Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt, both internationally recognized twentieth century masters of street photography, were exhibited side by side." Includes a brief introduction to Levitt (1913-2009) and Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), and two pages of photos from the exhibition. From the Laurence Miller Gallery, New York.
Link: http://www.laurencemillergallery.com/levitt_hcb_sbs1.htm
Access: Free

Book Cover Archive

View hundreds of recent book cover designs "for the purpose of appreciation." Browsable by designer, illustrator, photographer, author, and other categories (some categories are under development). Also includes a blog with "industry news, site updates, [and] assorted book cover-related miscellany," and links to related sites. From enthusiasts.
Link: http://bookcoverarchive.com/
Access: Free

Tweety-Pie

The Yummy Fresh blog has put together a directory of designers using Twitter, including ISO50, Invisible Creature, Design Sponge, Okay Great, The Dieline, Wink, and more.
Link:
http://tinyurl.com/d84ts8
Access:
Free

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Photos of Cuba

The Deena Stryker Photographs Collection features approximately 1,850 photographs that were shot in Cuba between 1963 and 1964 and processed by Alberto Korda on the island. Held at Duke University, and part of the Archive of Documentary Arts, the collection features photographs of Fidel and Raúl Castro as well as other major figures in the Cuban Revolution, including Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Celia Sánchez, and René Vallejo. In addition to images of key members of Castro's government, the collection documents "everyday life in Havana and in rural Cuba, focusing on farms, development projects, and schools."
Link: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/stryker/
Access: Free

Walking and Art

'Walking and Art' is a weblog that arose out of a symposium at Tate Modern (April 2007). It is subtitled... "a weblog about the uses of walking in art". Although not a currently active weblog, the site contains: a useful bibliography on the topic; nine profiles of works made by artists who walk; artist profiles; a selection of external "walking links", and details of the Tate Modern event. A few of the items in the bibliography have links to full-text papers.
Link: http://walkart.wordpress.com/
Access: Free

Sophie Calle Interviewed by Louise Neri

From Interview Magazine
Link:
http://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/sophie-calle/
Access: Free

Monday, April 06, 2009

Chinese Dress

Evolution and Revolution is an online resource inspired by a 1997 exhibition of Chinese dress in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Beginning with the Qing Dynasty (and explaining many of the symbols on the era's more expensive fabrics), the resource covers the revolution in dress ushered in by the Republican period (the Sun Yat-sen suit, for example), carrying on into the Mao era and its less austere aftermath under Deng Xiaoping. In each section users will find illustrations of the popular design and clothing of the era.
Link: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/hsc/evrev/
Access: Free

CAMEO Material Database

CAMEO is a searchable information center developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The MATERIALS database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.
Link: http://cameo.mfa.org/
Access: Free

Abstract Comics

Andrei Molotiu, editor of our forthcoming anthology Abstract Comics, the first book to trace the history and survey the contemporary landscape of abstract sequential art, has started a blog to showcase the book and other work by some of the book's contributors.
Link: http://abstractcomics.blogspot.com/
Access: Free

Dutch Decorative Books

This week Visual Arts Data Service launches a small collection of decorated books from the London College of Communication. The LCC's collection of decorated Dutch books provides primary source material for bookbinding research and is also of use to graphic design and typographical researchers. The collection includes bindings in the Nieuwe Kunst and Art Nouveau styles by artists such as Jozef Cantre, Jan Toorop, and P.A.H. Hofman.
Link: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/NDB
Access: Free

Friday, April 03, 2009

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner

The Dinosaur Gardens blog recently posted a full set of Basil Wolverton's "The Culture Corner" strips from Whiz Comics, 1945-1952.
Link: http://www.dinosaurgardens.com/archives/682
Access: Free

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Games User Research

Games User Research at Microsoft Game Studios' offers downloadable lectures, full-text academic articles, and details of researchers active at the Microsoft Game Studios. Example full-text articles and talks include: 'The (Usable) World is Not Enough: Making Games More Fun'; 'We're Not Listening: An Open Letter to Academic Game Researchers'; 'Do-It-Yourself Usability: How to Use User Research to Improve your Game'; and 'Befuddlement in Action: Classic Usability Problems in Games and How to Avoid Them'. There are also Powerpoint presentations to download, such as: 'Successful instrumentation: Tracking Attitudes and Behaviors to Improve Games'. This will be a useful website for those seeking insights into design issues in relation to the development of computer games, especially issues of usability and play-testing of prototype games.
Link: http://mgsuserresearch.com/
Access: Free

Encyclopedia of Role-Playing Games

An 'encyclopedia of role-playing games' is a free personal project by Yahoo! Inc. programmer John H. Kim, and it has records for over 1000 role-playing games. These are traditional RPGs, not videogame RPGs. Games are searchable by name, by date, or by the language in which they were first produced. The website has details of the criteria for inclusion, and a useful timeline. There is also a listing of "Rumored RPGs", listing games mentioned elsewhere but not otherwise known to exist. Elsewhere on the website is a Company List. At March 2009 the website was last updated in May 2008. This will be a useful website for those examining the history of traditional RPGs and the many ways in which they influenced the emerging videogames market from 1972-2002.
Link: http://www.darkshire.net/~jhkim/rpg/encyclopedia/index.html
Access: Free

Narrative Design Exploratorium

'Narrative Design Exploratorium : a journey into interactive story design' is a website containing full-text interviews with famous videogame writers. The interviews are in-depth and illustrated. Articles and interviews are freely available in HTML format. Interviews are in two main series: 'Masters of Narrative Design' and 'Game Writers in the Trenches', and the interviewer Stephen E. Dinehart has succeeded in interviewing some major industry writers and game designers, such as Ken Rolston (Morrowind, Oblivion). There are also three short tutorials, including 'Screenplays for video games'.
Link: http://www.narrativedesign.org/
Access: Free