Friday, March 30, 2012

The Word and the Image: Narrative in Fiction and Photography

James Robertson, in conversation with Robin Gillanders.
How the two media, the written word and the captured image, compare and contrast is the fascinating subject of this event which will include readings by James Robertson and photographs which might just possibly have been made by a fictitious photographer.
James Robertson won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 2010 for his novel And the Land Lay Still in which the central character is a photographer curating an exhibition of his father’s work. The father, perhaps a better photographer than the son, has recorded the key moments and personalities of Scotland in the middle years of the twentieth century.
Robin Gillanders is one of Scotland’s most distinguished photographers. His work includes portraits of many of the best-known names in Scottish life and arts. He has a particular interest in how photography expresses narrative.
Presented by The Scottish Society for the History of Photography.
The Word and the Image: Narrative in Fiction and Photography
The 2012 Annan Lecture
Thursday April 5 at 6.00 in the Jeffrey Library, The Mitchell Library.
Admission Free

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Journal of European Television History and Culture

The EUscreen project has released its first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. The aim of this e-journal, Journal of European Television History and Culture, is to provide an international platform for outstanding research and reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage. The journal builds on recent digitisation initiatives in European archives and audiovisual libraries and addresses the need for critical study of the cultural, social and political role of television in Europe’s past and presence with the help of television material that has now become available on a large scale. The journal is the result of a cooperation between the EUscreen platform and researchers from the European Television History Network,which was launched in 2004 to promote a transnational perspective on the history and culture of television in Europe.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama's interactive Obliteration Room begins as an entirely white space, furnished as a monochrome living room, which people are then invited to 'obliterate' with multi-coloured stickers. Over the course of a few weeks the room is transformed from a blank canvas into an explosion of colour, with thousands of spots stuck over every available surface. TateShots have produced this timelapse video of The Obliteration Room covering the first few weeks of its presentation at Tate Modern.

Oxfam Research Repository

Oxfam GB has just launched it's new research repository, which holds and showcases the charity's research, programme and policy publications and data from its anti-poverty work. For the first time, the full extent of research on ecology, politics, social policy, government and equality is available to the public from a single interface.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Images from a 16th century anonymous manuscript of thirty watercolour sketches of polyhedra. Via Bibliodyssey.

Fluxus Reader

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fluxus—the international laboratory of art, architecture, design and music—Swinburne University of Technology has released a free digital copy of The Fluxus Reader.
Fluxus began in the 1950s as a loose, international community of artists, architects, composers and designers. By the 1960s, Fluxus had become a laboratory of ideas and an arena for artistic experimentation in Europe, Asia and the United States. Described as 'the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960s', Fluxus has challenged conventional thinking on art and culture for half a century. Fluxus artists had a central role in the birth of such key contemporary art forms as concept art, installation, performance art, intermedia and video. Despite this influence, the scope and scale of this unique phenomenon have made it difficult to explain Fluxus in normative historical and critical terms.
 In The Fluxus Reader, editor Ken Friedman offers the first comprehensive overview of this challenging and controversial group. The Fluxus Reader is written by leading scholars and experts from Europe, the United States and Australia.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Gavin Turk

New from TateShots. Gavin Turk has long been interested in issues of authorship and identity; his artworks include images of himself disguised as Sid Vicious, Che Guevara and Andy Warhol amongst others.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

National Gallery Technical Bulletins

The National Gallery has just made over 200 articles from its Technical Bulletins available for free download from the Gallery’s website.
X-ray machines, infrared cameras, microscopes and mass-spectrometers might not be the first things that come to mind when people think about the National Gallery. However, they are essential to the research of the Scientific and Conservation departments, who work behind the scenes to investigate and preserve paintings in the collection.
Their vital research is charted in the National Gallery Technical Bulletin, which – since its launch in 1977 – has achieved a leading position in documenting the scientific examination of paintings. Previously only available in print form or by subscription, the digitisation of all 32 volumes of the Bulletin allows a wider audience to access unique research at the Gallery.
Over 200 articles can now be downloaded free from the Gallery's website. They provide insight into the materials and methods used by artists historically, the conservation and treatment of paintings, and how 21st-century scientific techniques can shed light on artworks of the past. Other articles deal with preventive conservation and digital documentation of paintings.

Courtauld Institute of Art on SUNCAT

The Courtauld Institute of Art has just added details of its serial holdings to the UK serials union catalogue SUNCAT.
The Courtaiuld is an international centre for the study of the history of art and conservation, as well as home to one of the finest small art museums in the world. Its Book Library provides access to a significant art historical collection and is one of the major international research collections of art historical books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues in the country. Just over 1,000 serial records, for both print and electronic titles, have been loaded into SUNCAT.