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September 27, 2011

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

Rule of Community Scroll (1QS), Qumran, Cave 1 (detail)
1st century BCE - 1st century CE
Government of Israel
Accession # 96.83/208A-B
Source: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

The Israel Museum has partnered with Google to present fabulous high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls housed in the Shrine of the Book. The manuscripts, dating from 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE, contain most of the Hebrew Bible, non-canonical works, and texts offering insight into Jewish society of that era. Five scrolls have been digitized to date: Great Isaiah Scroll, Temple Scroll, War Scroll, Community Rule Scroll and the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll.

The ultra-high resolution digital photographs were created by Ardon Bar-Hama with exposure of 1/4000th of a second: a triumph of accessibility and conservation. The web site presents each scroll in stunning detail, which can be greatly magnified by the user. Accompanying the digitized image is a description and video by Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman, the Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Great Isaiah Scroll, Qumran Cave 1(detail)
1st century BCE
Government of Israel
Accession # HU 95.57/27
Source: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

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September 22, 2011

"To Market To Market" (video review)

To Market To Market To Buy a Fat Pig
PBS Home Video

Travel across the U.S. with Rick Sebak as he tastes food, searches for a fat pig and has fun exploring the farmers’ markets of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Lancaster Market in Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; Asheville, North Carolina; Decatur, Georgia; Santa Monica, California; Hilo, Hawaii and the West Side Market in Cleveland. Each market claims to be the best but what they all share in common is fresh food and a friendly, social environment. Yet at the same time each market has something different to offer, from Decatur market with its wealth of international foods and people to the market in Hilo with its abundant pineapples and coconuts. Sebak discovers how these unique markets have developed, their important role in their communities and the traditions they carry on through generations of farmers and market goers.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 16, 2011

"Engineering Connections" (video review)

© Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

Engineering Connections
National Geographic Channel

Follow Richard Hammond as he links the engineering innovations of the Airbus A380, Hawaii's Keck Observer, Norway's Troll A Platform and Taipei 101 in the captivating first series of Engineering Connections. Hammond explores the surprising elements such as Mongol bows, sand blasters, racing cars and bamboo, that were used to achieve these engineering feats . Conducting experiments involving everything from chicken guns to electric guitars in order to demonstrate how construction designs and materials work, Hammond has fun presenting complex ideas with creativity. And most fascinating of all are the unusual connections drawn between history, nature and everyday items with engineering design.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 13, 2011


"After World War II, Berea College created a general studies course called "Man and the Humanities," in which students studied literature, music, and art. One of the first assignments asked students to draw their home community. Over the four-decade life of this course, some 7,000 drawings were saved. Because many of the students who came to Berea during these years were from Appalachia, these drawings are now primary sources that offer revealing glimpses of Appalachian life over the last half of the twentieth century. Mappalachia is an effort to make the drawings accessible to scholars, alumni, and the wider public."

From ira on the website's forum:

"Through out the films, travels, and discussions it re-enforced the thought of that my people are part of this region that we come to know as Appalachia. Before I came I never even thought of this area to be special in any way, in fact I thought the rest of the world was similar. These thoughts became complete obsolete. I have learn that this is an ever changing region of people with traditions that are deeply rooted that are unique only to this area alone. The films we watch reminded myself of home, a home that I have tried to leave behind, but realized that it is something that I should try to move on from, but be proud of. We as a people of this region never had anything to be embarrassed about, even if outsiders couldn't understand it, and this is one of the reason why we are still strong. We have lasted all these years and I say that we will last a few more years as long as we keep our traditions, keep out whit, and keep true to ourself. For me, I will stop running from whom I am, and be that mountain man that I was born to be, after all how could I be anything else."

via Mappalachia

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September 06, 2011


Old library interior [Haven Hall] ca. 1877
Source: Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library

The University Library has changed a bit since these fellows matriculated!

One of the "modern" resources is Imageworks, the producer of this blog. We're your source for digital images, DVDs, viewing stations, scanners, and project tools (paper cutters, pens, rulers, etc.) Stop by for help finding and using images for your research, papers, and presentations. Check out our videos covering art, architecture, engineering, performance, urban planning, and more.

Find Imageworks on the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, just east of the Reserves Desk. Online you'll find this blog, our video database, and a very useful Images Research Guide. Questions? Email us at imageworks@umich.edu

Best wishes for the new semester!

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September 01, 2011

"Japan: 3 Generations of Avant-Garde Architects" (video review)

Japan: 3 Generations of Avant-Garde Architects
Michael Blackwood Productions and Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Six architects from Japan share their inspiration and the ways they have influenced each other in this film on the Avant-Garde of Japan. The architects include Tokyo based Kazuo Shinohara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Toyo Ito, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, and Osaka based Tadao Ando. While there are similarities in their designs, the differences between the architects emerge from their educational backgrounds, generational gaps and choice of materials as each architect combines aspects and mediums to create unique architectural forms. In addition, Itsuko Hasegawa presents the perspective and challenges of a female architect working with a mostly male cliental, and Tadao Ando presents his views and experience as an architect without formal training. The extraordinary works and contributions to Japanese architecture of all six are highlighted throughout the film.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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