Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gay Rights Movement

This newly launched online collection from the BBC Archive charts the story so far for gay and lesbian equality in the UK. Many of the programmes reflect the language common at the time when they were first broadcast and illustrate the changing attitudes towards homosexuality in the last 50 years.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky’s seven feature films are now available to watch online at the Open Culture website.

Greek Manuscripts

The British Library has digitised over a quarter of its Greek manuscripts (284 volumes) for the first time and made them freely available online. The website provides researchers with access to high quality digital images of a major part of the British Library’s Greek manuscripts collection, supported by enhanced metadata which enables users to search using key words. The British Library holds over 1000 Greek manuscripts, over 3000 Greek papyri and a comprehensive collection of early Greek printing. These collections make the Library one of the largest and most important centres outside Greece for the study of over 2000 years of Hellenic culture. The Greek manuscripts contain unique and outstandingly rich information for researchers working on the literature, history, science, religion, philosophy and art of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods.

George Brecht

Visit the Internet Archive to listen to an interview with George Brecht, Fluxus artist and avant-garde composer.

Brian Eno

Visit the Internet Archive to stream a 1980 interview with Brian Eno in which he discusses, among other things, the influence of phonetic poetry, Kurt Schwitters, Hugo Ball, and Richard Huelsenbeck.

Science and Art - Jacqueline Donachie

Anticipation' is a phenomenon in certain genetic disorders where symptoms occur at progressively earlier stages, and become progressively more serious, in each generation that inherits the disorder. The phenomenon appears in myotonic dystrophy, fragile X syndrome, Huntington's disease and similar syndromes.
Artist Jacqueline Donachie and geneticist Dr Darren Monckton filmed a series of interviews with the scientists whose work helped to relate the theory of genetic 'anticipation' to these inherited disorders. But 'Tomorrow Belongs to Me' is not a straightforward tale of scientific discovery. With its opening words spoken in darkness that suggest 'let's take a gamble', and its overlapping interviews with scientists and clinicians working in different fields, the film reflects in its structure the tentative and collaborative nature of scientific research itself. As the story is slowly and carefully revealed, we also get a hint of what 'anticipation' means in scientific research as well as the genes themselves.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bookmarks Project VIII

The Bookmarks Project from the Centre for Fine Print Research aims to encourage appreciation of work in the format of artists' books. Participating artists each hand-produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world. The GSA Library has been a participant in previous years.
This year's project has a twist -
this time it was librarians making them rather than distributing them, including GSA Librarian extraordinaire Duncan Chappell. You can access information about the project, and a complete gallery of images online.
Duncan's contribution Foreign Occupation is described thus: "
Foreign occupation comprises a series of visual puns based on diacritical marks and accents found in several European languages. The letter A was selected as the display site for these marks only because it seemed to offer an approximation of the human form, or else a plinth-like display stand. An occupation has been ascribed to each of these ‘foreigners’, based on the visual clues provided by the diacritic - so the juxtaposition of the French grave and acute becomes the furrowed brow of the philosopher, whilst the two dots of the German umlaut become the twin lenses of the birdwatcher’s binoculars."

Saturday, September 18, 2010

David Shrigley Animation

A video animation against cuts to arts funding by David Shrigley.

Ledger Drawings

This online exhibition features ledger drawings, a style of visual history, developed by Native warriors from the Northern and Southern Plains in the late 19th century. The visual style of the ledger drawing was developed out of a fusion of older documentary traditions, such as petroglyphs (on rock), pictographs (on bark and hide), and the newer media of ink, lead, colored pencil, paper and muslin. These drawings serve as valuable, first-hand biographical documentation of the personal and cultural histories of a Native people. This new synthesis of representational art told the stories of battles, bravery, and loss. They told of Native lives as hunters and horsemen of the Plains, and of the rich, ceremonial and cultural life of a people–a way of life much threatened by soldiers and settlers flooding into traditional lands.

Historic Glasgow

A selection of rarely-seen images of Glasgow has gone live as part of the fifth Historic Glasgow event. Historic Glasgow celebrates the city’s rich local history and heritage. The images include an 18th century of view of Glasgow Cathedral surrounded by fields; various bird’s eye views of the city over the past centuries and one from 1888 showing the old bridge over the Kelvin on Great Western Road and the construction of the then new one.In total around 1000 images from Glasgow museums and Mitchell Library archives collection will be uploaded on the website over the coming months. Of that around 200 are images which will have been rarely seen by the public.

Friday, September 17, 2010

British Museum libraries catalogues now online

The catalogues of the 12 libraries of the British Museum are now freely available online, and can be searched individually or as a group. In addition to the subjects for which the British Museum is well-known, such as the ancient world, there are collections relating to prints and drawings, coins and medals, and anthropology.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


InterNano supports the information needs of the nanomanufacturing community by bringing together resources about the advances in applications, devices, metrology, and materials that will facilitate the commercial development and/or marketable application of nanotechnology. The InterNano Nanomanufacturing Library is an openly accessible database of nanomanufacturing research, government reports on nanomanufacturing, and federally-funded education and outreach efforts for nanomanufacturing.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Inventing from the British Library

The British Library has just produced a new guide, Inventing, which is available as a PDF. It is meant as a simple introduction to useful resources for UK-based inventors, and includes simplified explanations of some key concepts.