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October 27, 2011

"Building with Awareness" (video review)


© Syncronos Design Inc.

Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home

While you may have learned in your childhood from the story of “The Three Little Pigs” that building your house with straw is not the best idea, Building with Awareness will refute that lesson and demonstrate how practical building a straw bale home can be. Designer Ted Owens aims to build his own hybrid home in New Mexico using low tech building materials, such as straw and adobe, along with such high tech materials as solar panels. Not only is his goal to create an environmentally friendly house, but also to create an aesthetically pleasing one. The film covers each of the steps, methods and materials Ted Owens uses: the laying of the foundation, the placement of the rainwater cistern, adobe construction, straw bale insulation, electrical wiring, earth plaster, and the final finishing touches. As an in-depth look at the building process the film serves as a helpful hybrid building tutorial. By the end Owens, along with other experts, have contributed to build a beautiful green home that no wolf would be able to blow down.

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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October 25, 2011

Play Gallery

Play Gallery is the virtual exhibition space for the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. The site offers a plethora of videos, images, interviews, tutorials, and news items about and by artists in the UM community. And, if you're an undergraduate or graduate student at the U, submit an image of your work for the image gallery!

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October 20, 2011

"Objectified" (video review)

Objectified
A Swiss Dots Production
Produced and Directed by Gary Hustwit

From mass produced chairs to a Japanese toothpick, Gary Hustwit presents a detailed look at the design process and how design is behind most of the objects we use everyday. Hustwit interviews designers from companies such as Smart Design, Braun, and Apple who provide their inside views on design, its ever-changing nature, and the exploration of concepts such as mass production and the democratization of design. Parisian designers such as Erwan Bouroullec, Ronan Bouroullec, and Marc Newson talk about their inspiration in materials and how they conduct their design projects. Hastwit also further addresses issues of sustainability and the shift in importance to form over function to illustrate the main challenges designers face today.

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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October 18, 2011

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October 13, 2011

"Frank Lloyd Wright" (video review)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois,1889-1898
Original house, close side view of the west elevation
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.
Source: Archivision Architecture Images

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio
IN-D presents a Planet Architecture series production

Charting the course of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, this film focuses on his ever changing home and studio in Oak Park, Chicago and how it reflects the architectural innovations of his career from Taliesin to the Guggenheim. It provides a more personal look at Wright by examining how he created his own living and workspaces. Wright’s expression of ideas in architecture is covered including the importance he placed on family, nature, beauty and culture, music and surrounding oneself with these things. With this detailed presentation the argument is made that all of the elements for understanding any of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural feats can be found by studying his home and studio.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois,1889-1898
Detail of wall lamp in barrel-vaulted room
Image date: 1969
© Edward Olencki CC-BY-SA
Source: AAEL Digital Images

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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October 11, 2011

Papyrology Collection


Table of Fractions and Arithmetical Problems, (Early) 2nd century CE
Papyrology Collection, University of Michigan
© The Regents of the University of Michigan
Source: Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS), MLibrary Images

Featuring a wide range of papyrus documents, the University of Michigan’s world-famous Papyrology Collection was begun from Francis Kelsey’s excavations at Karanis, Egypt in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection now contains around 12,000 pieces, of which 1500 have been studied in detail to date. Many examples of the University's collection are available digitally online, via the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS).

On exhibit now in the Papyrology Collection's physical location (807 Hatcher Graduate Library South) are select examples that have been chosen to demonstrate the breadth of this collection. The oldest item is a sheet from The Book of the Dead, dating from the 11th century BCE, in the New Kingdom period. Also displayed are "recycled" papyrus sheets including a mummy cartonnage painting of Isis and foot wrappings. These sheets, like many others, once served as tax documents or other government forms and were re-used for mummy wrappings (as papyrus was cheaper than linen), at times stuccoed and painted over. Other documents include a birth certificate for a Roman citizen, a sheet from Homer’s Iliad, and a letter from a Roman fleet recruit to his mother. For more information check out the Learning About Papyrology section, which includes how papyrus is made and fun games like Papyrus Puzzles. For a fascinating review of the excavation and conservation of papyri, Leyla Lau-Lamb provides detailed presentations of the techniques she employs to bring illegible and curled up papyrus sheets to a flat and legible state on her website.

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October 06, 2011

"Waste Land" (video review)

Jardim Gramacho: February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Waste Land
Directed by Lucy Walker

Vik Muniz, a contemporary artist based in New York and originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, takes on one of his largest projects at one of the world’s largest landfills, the Jardim Gramacho of Rio de Janeiro. In this film, Muniz photographs and interviews the people of Jardim Gramacho, who are known as the "Pickers" for their job of collecting recyclable materials from the landfill. Their individual personalities emerge as Muniz works with Tião Santos, the leader of the Association of Pickers of Jardim Gramacho, to understand the conditions at Gramacho and what is being done to improve them. Working with Muniz and providing their own creativity and inspiration, the Pickers help create their own stunning portraits from the photos Muniz takes and the materials of the landfill. Throughout the film Muniz addresses the question “Can art change people?” and by the end both he and the Pickers have their own answers to this question.

Jardim Gramacho: woman collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Jardim Gramacho: workers collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

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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October 04, 2011

Pictures of Resistance


Shish Detachment Field Operating Table, Forests around Pinsk, 1943
© Faye Schulman
Source: JPEF/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100

With her leopard print coat, camera bag slung over her shoulder and striking features, Faye Schulman looks out of place holding a rifle in a exhibited photograph of resistance fighters. Yet as a partisan, nurse, and photographer, Faye fought for her own survival as well as the survival of others during WWII. Having helped her brother in his photography studio, Faye was chosen to take ID photos for the Nazis after the invasion of her home in Lenin, in Southern Poland. However, Faye escaped into the forest and became a member of the Molotova Brigade, a Soviet Union resistance group, and documented her experiences with her camera. The exhibition features the photos she took of the partisan members along with captions written by Faye describing the hardships they all endured, their will to survive and fight, and their tremendous courage.

The exhibition runs from September 6th - November 27th, 2011, with the Exhibit Opening scheduled for October 5 from 4:00–5:30 pm, and related lectures and films thereafter.

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