Thursday, December 15, 2011

Isaac Newton's Papers


Isaac Newton’s own annotated copies of his works, notebooks and manuscripts are being made available online by Cambridge University Library and the University of Sussex. Researchers, students and the public can now zoom in to each page to explore texts like Principia Mathematica in incredible detail and make use of transcriptions to understand Newton’s mind – and handwriting. Several of the manuscripts in the collection contain the handwritten line ‘not fit to be printed’, scrawled by Thomas Pellet, a Fellow of the Royal Society, who went through Newton’s papers after his death to decide which ones should be published.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Voices of Art History

The Association of Art Historians has launched its online oral history project. Voices in Art History explores the development of the discipline in Britain through a series of audio interviews with art historians. The recordings offer commentary on the changing nature of the arts and culture since the 1950s.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Locating London's Past


Researchers have today unveiled a new interactive map that reveals London’s social history in unprecedented detail, enabling users to explore everything from the world’s first gay scene to eighteenth century riots. Locating London’s Past is a new website that lets users delve deep into the capital’s past. The website is the first to map information from a vast array of sources, covering:
·     crime and punishment
·     the distribution of wealth, poverty and occupations
·     the ownership of consumer goods
·     mortality

Friday, November 25, 2011

Living Books


A series of 21 ‘living books’ has been launched online as part of a pioneering initiative designed to provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. The Living Books About Life series is written and produced by humanities scholars from universities across the world – from the UK and America to Poland and Australia – and has re-packaged and re-presented science-related research material to make it more accessible to a humanities audience. The books address a number of scientific topics whose unifying theme is life, such as air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, energy, neurology and human cloning.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Whistler Etchings - Catalogue Raisonne

This project explores the creative processes of the American-born artist, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), as an etcher and printer. A major figure in 19th century printmaking, Whistler created over 490 etchings. The evolution of each etching from the copper plate through different states to the final print is described and fully illustrated. The catalogue includes many previously unknown etchings, plus fresh information on titles, dates, subjects and sitters, technique, and the 19th century art market.
The project is based on collaboration between three major institutions: the University of Glasgow (recipients of Whistler's estate), the Art Institute of Chicago and the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. It includes prints in public and important private collections.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

GSA Video Archive

The GSA Video Archive is now available to view online and includes 84 videos of public lectures and events organised by The Glasgow Urban Lab, Architecture Friday Lectures, Fine Art Friday Events, and Exhibitions.
You can now watch the entire series of Architecture Friday Lectures from 2010-11 and various Friday Event lectures dating from 2006-11 – including notable talks by architect Steven Holl, artist and kinetic sculptor Susumu Shingu, designer Ben Kelly, artist and GSA graduate Christine Borland, artist and GSA graduate Roddy Buchanan, Urban Lab lecturer Graeme Evans, artist Martha Rosler, and more!

Monday, November 21, 2011

University Museum Collections

Scottish universities hold a high proportion of Scotland’s nationally important collections – more than 1.8 million items. The Revealing the Hidden Collections website gives information about all this material through almost 2000 detailed descriptions of collections and an increasing number of records of individual items and collections. All records are searchable hrough a single search maintained by the Culture Grid.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American Culture Archive

To tie in with BBC Four’s All American season which will explore the cultural heritage of 20th century America, the BBC has made available online 15 full-length programmes on this theme from its archive.  The titles, broadcast between 1965 and 2001, explore US art, technology, politics and society. They include examples from classic series such as Whicker’s World and Alistair Cooke’s America, interviews from Face to Face with Maya Angelou and Dr Martin Luther King, an Omnibus programme on Studs Terkel, and Alexis Korner’s series investigating American Blues, The Devil’s Music.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Science Explorer

BBC Radio 4 has just launched Science Explorer, which brings together much its science programming previously broadcast on the air. At present the site includes broadcasts from the likes of cognitive psychologist Steve Pinker, theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, physicist and astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell while topics explored include the legacies of Hippocrates, Da Vinci, Darwin and Freud, the evolution of the human brain, mind-body duality and much more. The thematic grouping bring together a broad range of sources and users can create their own playlists.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Kays Catalogues

Kay & Co Ltd of Worcester sold clothes to the nation from 1920. The catalogue images in Kays Collection held by the University of Worcester represent the nation’s changing lifestyles and body image from 1920 to 1990. From the launch of the earliest ‘ready to wear’ clothing range in 1920, to the turn of the century in 2000, Kays’ catalogues demonstrate the growth of leisure time amongst the working classes, the increasing commercialisation of childhood and family life, the influence of ‘street style’ on the high street.  They also provide a fascinating insight into the gender roles of the day. At the heart of the World of Kays website is a database of 1500 high quality copies of images from the catalogues.

Glasgow Dialectograms

"Glasgow Dialectograms explore the use of illustration as record, information as art.  Superficially a pastiche of scientific, anthropological and architectural illustrations, dialectograms comment upon contemporary city spaces, public, private and personal, through creating an extremely detailed schematic of a place that condenses and includes both subjective and objective information into a single piece. They show facts, thoughts and feelings. They use a deliberately loose and organic ‘anti-architectural’ drawing style to describe not just what it is there, but who uses it, what a particular space means to someone, and how relationships between people shape their environment. The term ‘Psycho-Geography’ applies, but put simply, they are made by talking to people, sharing ideas and processing them into visual forms – a diagram, a dialogue, a dialectic, but also a dialect of technical drawing – hence, Dialectogram."

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Manifesta Workbook

The Manifesta Workbook is a free, print-on-demand art mediation resource. It consists of a collection of non-linear chapters focused on art mediation in exhibition settings. Manifesta is the roving European biennial of contemporary art. It changes its location every two years.

Beatrice Coron and Papercraft


New from TED.
With scissors and paper, artist BĂ©atrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices.

Friday, October 28, 2011

ECLAP: e-Library for Performing Arts


ECLAP - the e-library for performing arts - is a European project and Best Practice Network that is bringing together the most relevant performing arts content (videos, photographs, texts, essays, etc.) from cultural institutions across Europe.

TateShots : Karla Black


Karla Black’s unorthodox and innovative approach to sculpture has led to a nomination for the Turner Prize 2011. Using established art materials alongside more unusual items such as nail varnish, cellophane and bath salts she creates work whose fragility seems to echo her fascination with pyschological vulnerability. In this interview she talks about what sculpture means to her, and its power to evoke a physical response.

Research Data Management


An online training course to help disseminate good practice in research data management developed at the University of Edinburgh is now free to use by PhD students, early career researchers and digital data users at all UK universities. The non-credit, free online course has interactive units focused on key concepts of data management including video clips of senior academics talking about data management challenges. There are also practical exercises in handling data in four software packages widely used by researchers in different fields, which learners can download and work through at their own pace.