Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Intellect Journals: Art & the Public Sphere

The GSA Library are happy to announce that they have taken out an electronic subscription to the ground breaking collection of Intellect Journals. We'll be telling you about the various journals included in the subscription over the coming months and today we're highlighting Art & The Public Sphere:


Art & the Public Sphere provides a new platform for academics, artists, curators, art historians and theorists whose working practices  are broadly concerned with contemporary art's relation to the public sphere. The journal presents a crucial examination of contemporary art's link to the public realm, offering an engaged and responsive forum in which to debate the newly emerging series of developments within contemporary thinking, society and international art practice.

This journal is currently in its 3rd publication and a great new resource for Sculpture/Environmental Art and other disciplines. It's accessible electronically through our catalogue, following this link. Access off-campus will require an institutional login using your GSA login and password.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Internet Detective: Improve your internet search skills

Were you disappointed with the mark on your last essay? Did you get pulled up for using the wrong mix of sources or poor quality sources? Maybe you need to brush up on your internet search skills with the Internet Detective, a free online tutorial geared towards academic writing.


This online tutorial will take you through examples of good and bad sources and citations and explain the difference between the two. It also has little quizzes to test your knowledge as well as information on referencing and copyright law.

Monday, April 28, 2014

British Pathe on Youtube

British Pathe have been around ever since the birth of the moving image industry and brought news, information and culture to our cinemas from the time they first opened. With such a wealth of footage and newsreels, we're delighted to find out that British Pathe have now made available online their entire footage archive via youtube.


You find footage here of the Hindenburg Disaster, Arnold Schwartznegger winning the Mr Universe Contest, footage of the First World War and much more rare and precious footage.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcoming seminar: Work of mutual interest - Galleries and artists engaging with audiences

Engage are presenting a great new seminar next week at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, in Edinburgh, on the 23rd of April. Places are free but must be booked in advance.

THE NATION // LIVE - FAITH
Recent projects such as Collective's All Sided Games, the National Galleries Scotland's The Nation//Live and Tramway's Albert Drive will be the main topics of debate and discussion, along with talks and presentations from the following artists: Anthony Schrag, Arpita Shah, Daniel Warren, Kevin Reid and Martin O’ Connor.

Albert Drive Project, Tramway
Follow this link to find out more about how to book a place on the seminar.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New online resource: The Audio Arts archive

In 1972, artist William Furlong conceived and created the sound art magazine Audio Arts as a cassette-based audio magazine. The magazine ran for 33 years and had 24 volumes in total, each of four issues, alongside more than 60 supplements.


Audio Arts focused on documenting contemporary artists' work by recording their voices, usually done in close proximity to their work. It developed over time to include interviews with artists and curators, artists commenting on their work, documentation of major art events, collaborations between artists, sound performances and other sound works. Total contributions feature more than 900 individual artists including Joseph Beuys, Ian Breakwell, Tracey Emin and Andy Warhol.


The GSA Library used to subscribe to Audio Arts and held the tapes as part of its collection until the medium of the audio cassette became obsolete and was no longer accessible to the library's patrons. We're happy therefore to announce that Tate have now acquired and digitised the entire archive of Audio Arts, making it available to everyone online.

You can access the entire Audio Arts archive here and watch this video of William Furlong to find out more about his reasons for starting the magazine and how it was produced.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Video Guide to the Art Crit

Art Crits: 20 Questions have commissioned an Artist's Video (Talking About Talking About: An Introduction to Visual Art Critiques by Giles Bunch) on the theme of the Art Crit. The video tries to answer 4 main questions: the purpose of the art crit, Finding the right approach to the art crit, problems and solutions and tips on reading an artwork and speaking about your work in public.


This video complements the publication Art crits: 20 questions - a pocket guide, also published by Q-Art, as well as a few of their other books on the theme of art education 12 gallerists, 20 questions11 course leaders: 20 questions and 15 methods: 20 questions, all available in the GSA Library collection.