March 29, 2010
WSU Digital Collections
University of Michigan, Lantern Night, 1930s
"Wayne State University Libraries collaborate with many educational organizations and institutions to ensure that the history of Michigan is preserved and accessed in a digital format. Over 50,000 images and texts celebrate Detroit's contributions to the arts, fashion, history, architecture, interior design and medicine. Equipped with the ability to search, browse and generate presentations, WSU Digital Collections are ideal for research and rich-classroom instruction in a wide range of disciplines."
Here are some of the collections:
March 16, 2010
‘An Oak Tree’ (1973) by Michael Craig-Martin
Next to the glass of water is the following text:
Q. To begin with, could you describe this work?
A. Yes, of course. What I’ve done is change a glass of water into a full-grown oak tree without altering the accidents of the glass of water.
Q. The accidents?
A. Yes. The colour, feel, weight, size …
Q. Do you mean that the glass of water is a symbol of an oak tree?
A. No. It’s not a symbol. I’ve changed the physical substance of the glass of water into that of an oak tree.
Q. It looks like a glass of water.
A. Of course it does. I didn’t change its appearance. But it’s not a glass of water, it’s an oak tree.
Q. Can you prove what you’ve claimed to have done?
A. Well, yes and no. I claim to have maintained the physical form of the glass of water and, as you can see, I have. However, as one normally looks for evidence of physical change in terms of altered form, no such proof exists.
Q. Haven’t you simply called this glass of water an oak tree?
A. Absolutely not. It is not a glass of water anymore. I have changed its actual substance. It would no longer be accurate to call it a glass of water. One could call it anything one wished but that would not alter the fact that it is an oak tree.
Q. Isn’t this just a case of the emperor’s new clothes?
A. No. With the emperor’s new clothes people claimed to see something that wasn’t there because they felt they should. I would be very surprised if anyone told me they saw an oak tree.
Q. Was it difficult to effect the change?
A. No effort at all. But it took me years of work before I realised I could do it.
Q. When precisely did the glass of water become an oak tree?
A. When I put the water in the glass.
Q. Does this happen every time you fill a glass with water?
A. No, of course not. Only when I intend to change it into an oak tree.
Q. Then intention causes the change?
A. I would say it precipitates the change.
Q. You don’t know how you do it?
A. It contradicts what I feel I know about cause and effect.
Q. It seems to me that you are claiming to have worked a miracle. Isn’t that the case?
A. I’m flattered that you think so.
Q. But aren’t you the only person who can do something like this?
A. How could I know?
Q. Could you teach others to do it?
A. No, it’s not something one can teach.
Q. Do you consider that changing the glass of water into an oak tree constitutes an art work?
Q. What precisely is the art work? The glass of water?
A. There is no glass of water anymore.
Q. The process of change?
A. There is no process involved in the change.
Q. The oak tree?
A. Yes. The oak tree.
Q. But the oak tree only exists in the mind.
A. No. The actual oak tree is physically present but in the form of the glass of water. As the glass of water was a particular glass of water, the oak tree is also a particular oak tree. To conceive the category ‘oak tree’ or to picture a particular oak tree is not to understand and experience what appears to be a glass of water as an oak tree. Just as it is imperceivable it also inconceivable.
Q. Did the particular oak tree exist somewhere else before it took the form of a glass of water?
A. No. This particular oak tree did not exist previously. I should also point out that it does not and will not ever have any other form than that of a glass of water.
Q. How long will it continue to be an oak tree?
A. Until I change it.
March 12, 2010
Art : 21
A favorite resource on contemporary art - for both students and instructors - is the video series from PBS
Art:21. Each season comprises 4 hour-long programs organized around themes such as spirituality, humor, and paradox. In-depth interviews with artists cover their works, techniques, and philosophies. Laylah Ali, Matthew Barney, Margaret Kilgallen, Jeff Koons, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Andrea Zittel are among the more the 80 artists appearing.
The Visual Resources Center has the five seasons available on DVD for borrowing. The first four seasons can also be viewed on the Art21 website. Even more resources such as interviews, slide shows, instructional material, and videos are available at the website. Enjoy!
March 08, 2010
PhotoCity game - let's make a University of Michigan model!
"PhotoCity is a product of collaboration between the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Cornell Department of Computer Science.
PhotoCity grew from the original work of a Cornell computer scientist, Noah Snavely, who while working on his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Washington, developed a set of algorithms that generated three-dimensional models from unstructured collections of two-dimensional photos.
The original project was dubbed Photo Tourism and it has since been commercialized as Microsoft’s Photosynth service, making it possible for users to upload collections of photos that can then be viewed in a quasi three-dimensional montage with a Web browser.
“Eventually, the goal is to create a game without boundaries, that expands to fill the world,” Dr. Snavely said. “ For now, we’re focused on the scale of a college campus, or the heart of a city.”
If you would like to add new location to the game, you can find instructions here.
There is no University of Michigan on their "map" yet. Let's start now!
via NY Times
March 03, 2010
Free Medical Icons Set is a set with 60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. It was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade. The icons can serve as great in-app icons for desktop or RIAs in the medical domain.
There is link to the VRC Image Research Guide on the main page of this blog too.