Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum shows TateShots around her studio, an old shop in the heart of Berlin. Hatoum explains why she feels the need to make things on a daily basis, continually working to create art that plays with conflict and contradiction, changing the viewer's perception of everyday objects.

Camouflage by Hardy Blechman

The Library's IT wunderkind Andrew the Technician spotted this online guide to camouflage and its appropriation by fashion written by Maharishi founder Hardy Blechman.

Journals from the International Association of Online Engineering is a service provided by the International Association of Online Engineering. Its mission is to contribute to the advancement of science by making qualitative scientific results easily accessible to the largest possible audience. You can search or browse across content, including a number of engineering publications, and download the full-text of articles for free.

19th Century Photographs

The University of Glasgow Library has just uploaded over 100 19th century photographs from albums in its Special Collections to Flickr, including pictures of Australia, Britain, China, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Japan, and the USA.


Ubuweb now hosts a selection of concrete poetry, including a complete run of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s canonical magazine Poor.Old.Tired.Horse, published 1962-196. Issues can be downloaded in PDF format.

Fluxus Anthology

The Fluxus Anthology, with dozens of soundworks recorded between 1958 and 1990, is now online at Ubuweb, including recordings by George Maciunas, Robert Filliou, Wolf Vostell, Al Hanson, Carolee Schneemann, and Dick Higgins. Files can be downloaded in MP3 format.

Sunni Brown on Doodling

Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension - and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we're caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen on TED.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Victorian Knitting Manuals

From complex and intricate fancy work to the very practical garments for sailors, many types of knitting are included in a new unique collection of Victorian knitting manuals from the Knitting Reference Library at Winchester School of Art.
The books were donated by scholar and former bishop Richard Rutt, often referred to as the ‘knitting bishop’ and widely known for his classic book ‘A history of hand knitting’ published by Batsford in 1987. A particular distinction and strength of Richard Rutt’s collection is the range and number of nineteenth century knitting books first published in the 1830s. These Victorian knitting manuals may be considered as the precursors to the contemporary knitting pattern and the ‘how-to-knit’ books that are still being published over 180 years later.
This collection has now been digitised and each book has been copied from cover to cover.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Creative Research at GSA Library

GSA Library has just launched its brand-new mini-site, 'Creative Research'.
Discover how artists, writers and creative practitioners have used the collections of GSA Learning Resources to inspire, challenge or expand their practice. From interventions into our spaces, to installations amongst our shelves, our collections can be used to explore and challenge artistic, cultural and philosophical themes and preoccupations.
‘Creative Research’ brings together a number of case studies, images and artist testimonies to explore how practitioners have used, played with, and deconstructed the Library’s spaces and collections. The resource is freely available on the Library Website.

New and Improved Subject Guides

GSA Library has just updated and expanded its range of tailored subject guides in preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic session.
Our subject guides have a great new streamlined look, and have been made available as PDFs for easy download. They provide a quick one-stop guide to the resources available for all GSA programmes and subject areas, as well as for affiliated topics such as Film and Cinema. Find out useful shelfmarks in the Library, print and electronic journals, online databases and imagebanks, library blogs and learning materials, all tailored to your specific subject or course of study.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Art of Wearable Communication

New from TED:
"Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-proviking talk she shows the “Talk To Yourself Hat”, the “Inflatable Heart”, the “Glacier Embracing Suit”, and other unexpected devices."

Roman Ondak's Measuring the Universe

New from TateShots:
"Starting as an empty white room, Roman Ondak’s Measuring the Universe at Tate St Ives has grown through the contribution of around 90’000 participants to a constellation of black marks."

Ryan Gander's Locked Room Scenario

New fron TateShots:
"Ryan Gander's new work for Artangel messes with your mind.  'Locked Room Scenario' purports to be a group show in a warehouse in Hoxton, curated by Gander. But when TateShots made an appointment to go along, the exhibition seemed to be temporarily closed. Or maybe the show was over, and the works were waiting to be taken away. But who were those people who followed us home?"

Hampshire Contemporary Art

Hampshire County Council’s Contemporary Art Collection is now available to view online for the very first time. The collection of nearly 400 works, which has been accumulated over 20 years, includes the work of significant British artists, such as limited edition prints by Bridget Riley, Henry Moore, and John Piper, through to more recent additions from Hampshire-based artists or works depicting Hampshire scenes, including a set of works bequeathed to the council by artist Nick Schlee.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Even More JSTOR

JSTOR is now making all its journal content published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This Early Journal Content includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Photobook Event

Popular print-on-demand publisher Bob Books is holding a Photobook Event at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow on 8 September 2011. This is aimed at photographers and photobook lovers looking to improve their photobook projects or get some inspiration from photographers and photobook experts. Bob Books’ general manager Ibolya Nemeth said: “We have handpicked industry experts to speak on their experiences. People will get to spend a few hours sharing their books, picking up tips and generally celebrating photobooks.”