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Google Art Project | As an Artist

In Thesis Research, Wow on February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I think this is brilliant, wonderful.

Who ever gets to see these works of art this up close?

Very few people are allowed to study these collections in this way. And rightly so. Too many visitors getting as close as Google Art Project does would destroy a work of art in no time. Yet it’s one of those many things I want to do in museums that’s not allowed; getting up close and studying the hand of the artist.

I learn a lot from being up close. I used to look at engraving stones and etching plates with a magnifying glass. But that was my own work. I love that I can now see these in this works of art way.

But I’m interested to hear what the museums and galleries have to say. There will never be a replacement for the original, but when the original isn’t avalible and certainly can’t be examined this closely by a million people all the time. [that would surely destroy it]   A certain distance is important for the life and health of the work and the viewer. In a way, the fragility of the piece, the unique nature of it being a one of a kind, gives it a life we must protect. There will never be another van Gogh’s The Bedroom and I may never be able to get it.

If museums get really desperate, they could sell personal viewings to a few people to help them pay the rent. But a few other people might get angry over that, maybe the people who couldn’t afford it.

Seems to me a double edged sword. A museum’s greatest competition can be the wealthy elite. They drive and sustain the price of art; they are who the museums bid against.  At the same time, they provide free labor, funding and donate entire collections to museums. Tricky, tricky. I understand that I’m oversimplifying a complex problem, but I think it has a simple relevance here. Who gets what kind of access?

And, what’s in the best interest of the work?  Should everyone, no one, only a few people a year, be allowed to get breath on Rembrandt’s Self Portrait. Whatever the right answer, Google says it’s everyone.

For now the following museums are included in the project:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Here’s a little more about it in Google’s own words:
What is the ‘Art Project’?
A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

  • Explore museums with Street View technology:virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.
  • Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
  • Create your own collection: the ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.
Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected?
The high resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned by the museums, and these images may be subject to copyright laws around the world. The Street View imagery is owned by Google. All of the imagery on this site is provided for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the art project site, in the manner permitted by Google’s Terms of Service.The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site.

The Hyrtl Simulacrum on Kick It!

In Thesis Research, Wow on February 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

A few days ago I started getting a few more hits and pledges on the Kickstarter page and was wondering what was going on.  Whatever was happening, I liked it and wanted to make sure it kept happening. So I did a little digging. I found out that a collaborative group had picked up my project and was helping to promote it on their website.  Alright. {!} The group is really a creative conference called Kick It! and is associated with Lab 24/7, an “underground space and incubator for creative projects and events” operating from the cellar of an old brownstone in BedStuy. They have the project prominently featured on their front page under “Projects We Like.”   Wow!   A very humble Thank You to you folks.

But let me let them tell you about the conference in their own words …

“KICK IT! is an afternoon of presentations, performances and exercises focused on getting projects off the ground. KICK IT! is about motivating and connecting people who want to get things done.  If that sounds like you, then keep reading… At the heart of KICK IT! is a series of demo’s by individuals and groups that are actively starting up a project, business or community effort.  The projects could be an album release, a cookbook, the invention of a new water gun, or a conference around a cause.  Based on the demo’s, the audience will vote for their favorite project, who’ll receive a cash prize. Getting things done requires learning from the mistakes, and successes, of others. So you’ll also hear advice from people who’ve hit the nail on the head, and others who miscalculated. And if you have an idea, we’ll give you an opportunity to pitch it, and match you up with other people who may want to help *you* KICK IT! That will take the form of concept lightening pitches, followed by team matchmaking. So if you have an idea that you want support on, bring your one minute schpiel. Get ready for a collaborative experience that will inspire you to cross that chasm between procrastination and action.  Because the time is now for entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives to take hold of the 21st century.  The time is now to Kick It!”

I’d received a comment/compliment from one of the folks from a group a few days ago but the link to the site wasn’t working at that time. I tried to fine it myself on the interwebs, but I had no luck and it kind of got placed on the back burner.  But not anymore!  I applied to present on March 19th, so we’ll see how it goes.  Until then: Thanks Jonathan Landau for the props. 🙂

Alyssa Monks

In Wow on January 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

It’s an odd feeling to see yourself in a painting.

“Cryptology” 2010, 48 x 72, oil on canvas
via All the Art out There


In Fall 2010, Thesis Research, Wow on November 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Jesse Lenz

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research, Wow on October 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Posted by Valentina on Friday, October 22, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Jesse Lenz is a young artist and illustrator. His works are visually stunning…

via Jesse Lenz | who killed bambi?.

Scala Regia: Why Don't You?

In Fall 2010, Wow on October 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

On February 7th, 1910, one Herbert Cholmondesly of HMFO demanded a special train from London’s Paddington Station to convey four Abyssinian princes to Weymouth docks. In fact, the troupe who boarded HMS Dreadnought that morning were pranksters, recruited by the noted adventurer William Horace de Vere Cole, the ‘Cholmondesly of the FO’. Under the elaborate disguises as African potentates were novelist Virginia Woolf, sportsman Anthony Buxton, artist Duncan Grant and a judge’s son Guy Ridley. Their interpreter was Woolf’s brother Adrian.

Red carpet and a guard of honour awaited them at Weymouth, with Admiral Sir William May himself welcoming the company.When rain threatened their make-ups, the ‘princes’ requested the permission to inspect the ship. Inside, they overacted to a ludicrous degree: they handed out visiting cards printed in Swahili. Being at a loss of what to say, Buxton improvised Virgil’s Aeneid in a strange accent, lest the navy recognized Latin. They asked for prayer mats at sunset, and tried to bestow Abyssinian honours on senior officers. ‘Bunga-bunga,’ they exclaimed whenever they were shown some great aspect of the ship; this except Virginia Woolf who had to try hard to disguise her womanish voice.

Yet, their disguises were so good that an officer who knew both Woolf and Cole previously failed to recognized either. They had another close-shave when Buxton sneezed and one-half of his moustache flew off, but he stuck it back again before anyone noticed.The next day Cole sent the above picture and the details of his hoax which cost him some 4,000 pounds to the Daily Mail. It was anonymous, of course, but the Parliament and the public were outraged at this audacity. When the identities were finally revealed, it contributed greatly to the fame of Woolf’s nascent Bloomsbery Group.

The only loser from this affair, it appeared, was the Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II. When he visited the country next, he was greeted by the howlers of ‘Bunga, bunga’ and denied the permission to visit any ship by the cautious navy which didn’t want a repeat of the embarrassing affair. For Cole, it was the climax of an adventurous, if not childish, life. With the coming of the Great Depression, he was bankrupted; he died penniless and forgotten in 1936 at the age of 50 in France, where his antics went virtually unnoticed.

via Scala Regia: Why Dont You?

Looking for the Right Precedence

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research, Wow on October 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Dramatic Narrative Short Films

In looking for precedence for my thesis project only one filmaker came to mind, Peter Greenaway.  But I know there has to be others that are using the same techniques in their own styles.

A small clip from Peter Greenaway’s “Death in the Seine” – Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued,
dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and ‘documentary’ asides.

In my search I can across the wok of Lizzie Oxby.  Check out all of her work here.  I love her direction and atmosphere.  Her style of visual storytelling is nothing short of astonishing.  If I can ever come even the slightest bit close to her work in just one of teh vignettes, then I will concider it a success.

Here are a few other shorts I found I although they do not represent the direction I’d like to take the Mutter shorts. I found them on this get website:

Lasers and Photoluminescent Paint

In Fall 2010, Wow on September 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

Fade Out, an eye-catching visual display system developed by media artists Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi, uses laser beams to “print” ephemeral glow-in-the-dark images on a wall-mounted screen coated with photoluminescent paint.

After the computer receives and processes a digital image (in this case, a webcam snapshot), ultraviolet laser beams are fired at the photoluminescent screen to produce square pixels of glowing green light. Subtle gradations are created by controlling the timing of the laser shots and allowing the darker portions of the image to fade. The completed image gradually disappears as the glow of the screen dims.

Creators are now looking at ways to create glowing images in liquid and on irregular surfaces.

via Pink Tentacle.

Leadership | Followers

In Fall 2010, Wow on September 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

I just love this one.

Don Hertzfeldt | Genre

In Wow on August 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

I really admire and love Don Hertzfeldt’s work and the SOUND in this one is fantastic! This makes me want to but audio engineer friends of mine to work.