April 30, 2009
You may already know that Art21 has a great website full of useful material and videos, but did you know that they also keep a regularly updated blog? The blog keeps tabs on the artists who have been featured on the documentary. You can find teaching tips, videos, and news about shows and grants awarded to Art 21 artists. They even posted the sneak peak for season 5 (seen above).
April 28, 2009
27 Letters from Getty
27 Letters is a downloadable desktop application provided by Getty Images. The application looks a little bit like CoolIris, but it functions more as a visual display of popular online topics. The Getty scours the most popular blogs and news organizations and places popular images, videos, and media in its navigation scheme. You can email the image or video to a friend or go to the source. It's a great way to catch up on the news, get a timely laugh, or just find something interesting. Each month the media sets are updated with a new "issue." Next month's release is just around the corner, so try it out in time to see the new images.
April 24, 2009
Side Street Projects Curator Podcasts
Side Street Projects, an organization created to aide artists and promote arts education created a series of podcasts last fall entitled What Do Curators Want? The podcasts are series of discussions with leading curators in the Los Angeles area including the Hammer Museum's Aimee Chang, Jeff Poe of Blum&Poe, and the Sweeney Art Gallery's Tyler Stallings. If you're looking for insights into the dizzying world of contemporary art, these podcasts are a great window into the world of curating.
April 23, 2009
Have you ever wished you could share your favorite images from blogs, museums, and your own desktop with those in the online community? Now you can. Thanks to the Swiss Miss blog, we found Image Spark. The Image Spark community is similar to other bookmarking networks like Del.icio.us but focuses on images rather than individual webpages. You can download a Firefox plug-in that allows you to add images to your own library by right-clicking images and choosing Upload to Image Spark. The plug-in adds the url of the image, and you can add tags and a description.
You can group related images by using the mood board feature or browse other users' collections by exploring the community. Image Spark might just become your favorite idea board.
April 21, 2009
CoolIris is a browser plug-in that can be used for searching video and image content on the web. Many popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, and Google are CoolIris-enabled; you can find a listing here.
You can even scroll through images on your computer. The plug-in places the images or videos in a grid that can easily be scrolled through. It's a great way to find an image quickly.
April 16, 2009
Texas Archive of the Moving Image
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Texas Film Commission have partnered to provide two great services. As part of what they are calling the "Texas Film Round-Up," home movies and films made by Texans, about Texas or in Texas can be digitized from 8mm, Super8, and 16mm films for free as long as the video owner gives the archive permission to publish the movie to the web.
All of these videos are now available to view at the archive's online library. Though you can't download the videos for your own use, anyone can browse the collection and watch streaming video. You can help be a part of the tagging process. To find out how, visit the archive help page to read more.
Though the collection is centered on Texas, it touches on Americana as well as national political and social history.
April 14, 2009
Zumthor awarded Pritzker Prize
The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been awarded the 2009 Pritzker Prize. From the jury's statement:
"In Zumthor's skillful hands, like those of the consummate craftsman, materials from cedar shingles to sandblasted glass are used ina way that celebrates their own unique qualities, all in the service of an architecture of permanence...In paring down architecture to its barest yet most sumptuous essentials, he has reaffirmed architecture's indispensable place in a fragile world."
Image above: Art museum in Bregenz, Austria (1997). Photo, Wolfram Janzer, Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company
Top image: Peter Zumthor in front of his home in Haldenstein, Switzerland, Monday April 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
April 10, 2009
Participate in CONTINUOUS CITY
The Builders Association, a New-York based performance and media group will be presenting a new work entitled CONTINUOUS CITY. The piece explores our relationship to place, our experience of location and dislocation and what it means to live in the highly connected and networked world today. You can become part of the project by recording your thoughts on what home is at Xubu.
The group will be performing at the Wexner Center for the Arts next week from April 16-18 in Columbus, OH.
The above video is a recording of the Builders Association performance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in November 2008
April 08, 2009
ArtBabble is a video website with only art-related content that went public Tuesday. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has partnered with several other institutions to bring high quality videos of artists and exhibitions to a central site. ArtBabble is simple, user friendly, and reminds its users they don't have to have an art degree to use the content. To help viewers find out more information on artists mentioned or tangential topics, ArtBabble has included a notes panel beside each video. This panel lists links to wikipedia entries for artists mentioned as well as related resources. Try it out today!
April 07, 2009
What happens when a small group of professors found themselves frustrated with the unengaging massive texts for introductions to Art History but weren't satisfied with stifled web content? You get a resource like Smarthistory, an interactive "web-book" currently focusing on Western Art History. There's little text on the site, but what's left out in textual information is made up for with videos, images, and interactive timelines. One of the nice things about the video material available is its conversational style. It takes the same raw information one might hear in a lecture and places it the more natural flow between two speakers. While the site is limited to more introductory material, it doesn't mean that there isn't something for everyone.
April 02, 2009
Slide Show wherever you go
A cool new website, 280 Slides, allows you to create and share slideshow presentations online. You can choose to upload a pre-made presentation or make the presentation on the web. 280 Slides interfaces easily with Flickr, Google Images, Youtube, and Vimeo to allow you to search and import images and videos from these sites while 280 Slides takes care of the coding. When you've finished you're presentation, you can download it as a powerpoint, open document or pdf. If you'd rather share your presentation, you have options. You can upload it directly to Slideshare, a Flickr-like website for slide shows, email it to a colleague, or embed it in a website. The perk of embedding the show is that every time you update the file, the embedded show will play the updated show.