Monday, June 27, 2011

The Power of Open

The Power of Open talks at length to creative practitioners about their Creative Commons stories—the impact Creative Commons has had on their lives and in their respective fields, whether that’s in art, education, science, or industry. The stories in demonstrate the breadth of CC uses across fields and the creativity of the individuals and organizations that have chosen to share their work via Creative Commons licenses and tools. The Power of Open is available for free download.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Your Paintings



The Your Paintings website is an initiative of the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation, making all the paintings held in UK public collections available online. The site currently holds 63,000 paintings, with the remainder of the estimated 200,000 to follow. 15,000 artists are represented from 860 collections.

Cornelia Parker and the Little Mermaid


A 38-year-old mother-of-two has been immortalised in bronze in the pose of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid by artist Cornelia Parker. The work is one of several commissions for this summer's Folkestone Triennial 2011. In this film we follow the process of its creation. When Copenhagen's Little Mermaid was created in 1913, Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen's wife modelled for the statue, which celebrates the fictional heroine of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. Last autumn, all women in Folkestone were invited to send a picture of themselves to model for Cornelia Parker's version of the statue. Georgina Baker was chosen from 50 applicants and the statue is now installed in Folkestone harbour.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Elizabeth Blackadder In The Studio

Elizabeth Blackadder and Senior Curator Philip Long talk about Blackadder's work in her garden and home studio.

Elizabeth Blackadder and Etching

In this newly released video, Elizabeth Blackadder and Stuart Duffin talk about etching at Glasgow Print Studio.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Paul Rand

Steven Heller has posted a free pdf of his rare book “Paul Rand: A Designer’s Words.” Edited along with Nathan Garland and Georgette Ballance, the thin volume was created to commemorate the April 1998 Paul Rand Symposium held at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Alasdair Gray


The National Library of Scotland has added a section on Alasdair Gray to their website.
Learn about the creative processes used by Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray, using sources from the Gray archive. You can explore seven archive items which highlight different aspects of Alasdair Gray's creative process. Sources 1, 2 and 7 are examples of how he approaches illustrating text, and sources 3, 4, 5 and 6 highlight his process of writing and editing.

BUFVC Database

An innovative 'all-in-one' search engine allowing users to access nine online databases, containing more than 13 million records relating to film, television and radio content via a single entry point, has been launched today by the BUFVC The BUFVC federated search environment will allow users to easily view and filter collated results.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Women's Library Suffrage Collection

A unique collection relating to British women's fight for the vote 100 years ago has been revealed online today through the Visual Arts Data Service
The digitised material represents a selection of the vast collections housed at the Women's Library at London Metropolitan University, and includes posters, photographs, postcards, badges, and other memorabilia relating to the British suffrage movement.
The Women's Library is the oldest and largest collection of women's history in the UK and was founded in 1926 as the Library of the London Society for Women's Service, a non-militant organisation led by leading suffragist, Millicent Fawcett. It is now held by the London Metropolitan University and is an internationally acclaimed specialist library, archive, and museum with collections that have broadened since its inception to include a wide range of subjects which focus on the lives of women in Britain. The collection now consists of 60,000 books and pamphlets, 3500 periodical titles, over 450 archives, and 5000 museum objects.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Believer Magazine

GSA Library now subscribes to The Believer magazine, which you will find in the current journals racks on the top floor of the Library. Published by iconic independent publishing house McSweeneys in San Francisco (home to writers such as Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon and Nick Hornby), this monthly magazine features articles, reviews and op-eds on literature, music, film, comics and culture.

Vegetable Anatomy



Botanical microanatomy plates from Anatomia Vegetal by Frederik Elfving (1929) and published by FE Wachsmuth (Leipzig). Courtesy of Bibliodyssey.

Guernsey Photography Festival



The Guernsey Photography Festival 2011 programme brings together major names in international photography including Richard Billingham, Carolyn Drake, Samuel Fosso and Martin Parr
This year’s festival explores the theme of IDENTITY and will reveal a multitude of interpretations from personal to social and political. From Francesco Giusti’s Congolese dandies in colourful suits, to Carolyn Drake’s compelling documentation of the changing landscapes and communities of Central Asia’s ‘Paradise Rivers’, and Samuel Fosso and Nelli Palomäki’s striking takes on classic portraits, notions of self and place are presented in diverse contexts.

Hamish Fulton for Ai Weiwei

This weekend British artist Hamish Fulton staged a performance at Tate Modern as a public gesture of solidarity towards Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his right to freedom of expression.

Vito Acconci

Pioneer of performance art, Vito Acconci talks about three ground-breaking actions he staged at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York in January 1972.