Monday, August 16, 2010

Nathan Coley

In the second part of TateShots' Edinburgh special, artist Nathan Coley discusses two of his works that are located in and around the city. In Memory has just been installed at Jupiter Artland, a contemporary sculpture park in the grounds of Bonnington House, just outside Edinburgh. The work takes the form of a graveyard, complete with headstones and flower beds. There are no names on the stones, and they represent different faiths, inviting the viewer to stop and reflect on a scene that is both site-specific and universal. At the Dean Gallery, part of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, There Will Be No Miracles Here is a message spelled out in bright lights against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle - but who the message is from, and who it is aimed at, is deliberately withheld.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Unconventional Art

Today’s TED playlist exhibits art that transcends the museum wall. These speakers, all artists or creators, talk about their unusual means to remarkable ends. Jonathan Harris creates digital artscapes out of Eskimo feasts, balloon wishes and the Internet’s feelings. Robert Lang revolutionizes a centuries-old paper pastime through simple (or maybe not-so-simple) mathematics. Vik Muniz finds art supplies in unlikely places — dirt, chocolate, diamonds, clouds. Miru Kim explores massive abandoned underground places — and then photographs herself in them, nude, to bring these dark spaces into sharp focus.

Welsh Ballads

Historic news once sung on street corners is now being captured online in a virtual resource. 4,000 ballads from 18th and 19th century Wales are launching on a website run by Cardiff University and the National Library of Wales. The songs document the important issues of their day, such as workers’ rights and crime, as well as local festivals and village gossip.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Martin Creed

The world's largest arts festival kicks off this month in Edinburgh, and to celebrate TateShots has produced this video on Martin Creed. This former Turner Prize winner is all over Edinburgh this summer, performing in his ballet 'Work No. 1020' at the Traverse Theatre, presenting his new book, 'Works', during the literary festival, and showing a brand new exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, where TateShots met him."Down Over Up" presents a selection of Creed's works that focus on stacking and progression in size, height and tone. A musical staircase plays a different note for every step you take, a lift sings scales as you move from one floor to the other, and a row of prickly green cacti, lined up small to large, confront you in the gallery.

Parasites by Edward Ross

Zine artist Edward Ross has recently produced a comic for the Wellcome Trust Centre For Molecular Parasitology, which can be freely downloaded online. The comic introduces readers to three major parasites studied at the Centre: Plasmodium, Trypanosoma Brucei and Leishmania.
GSA Library also owns a copy of Edward's Filmish zine, all about film theory, which can be found in our Artists' Books Collection.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Jessie M. King Bibliography

The GSA Library has a large collection of illustrated books and bookbindings by artist Jessie M. King, a Glasgow Girl and contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We've just produced a new bibliography of our holdings, which can be viewed on our website.

Monday, August 02, 2010

A new website from The National Archives gives clearer, faster and easier access to legislation, from Magna Carta to the latest statutory instruments. You can use the website to find details of everything on the statute book, in one place and free of charge.

Art and Research

The latest issue of Art and Research e-journal has just been released, featuring artwork, interviews and essays in relation to four events which took place in Glasgow in 2009 and 2010.

Maria Thereza Alves, Wake: A History of the Earth of Guangzhou

A discussion in and around Incident at Antioch: An interview with Alain Badiou by Ward Blanton and Susan Spitzer

Bik Van der Pol, Art is either plagiarism or revolution, or: something is definitely going to happen here

Anders M. Gullestad, The Apostle of Disappointment

Demand Everything!: Simon Critchley interviewed by Anders M. Gullestad

Simon Critchley, The Infinite Demand of Art

Jimmie Durham, Unter den Linden