Our conversationsEAST team road map includes the launch of a new contingent sister site, ARTsuffusion, which we hope to use as a platform to explore the arts in the East of England.
But also to make that important link between creativity, business and manufacturing – delivering the arts agenda through the prism of sustainable making. It’s a big ask.
In the meantime, here you will be able to find the top five stories in any week, that for us, demonstrate an interesting and curiosity piquing meld of art and tech. It’s a small start to a very big agenda…
Current featured resources…
Maybe one to watch!
ARTBROWSER is an app for the discovery of ART.
Currently in development the app, and the team’s web site, offer you the opportunity to sign up for early release details.
The ArtBrowser team have two key stated aims for their new app service…
- Whether you are an art lover who knows your mind, or perhaps you have no idea where to start, ArtBrowser will open up the cosmos of all things art in an easy and enjoyable way – thousands of artworks by hundreds of artists, all at your fingertips.
- Imagine a complete eco-system: the most up-to-date art news, exclusive events and stunning exhibitions. For those intimated by it all, this will be the online space to comfortably learn about art in all its forms.
We watch their web pages with interest…it’s a big cosmos to grasp.
Experiments in Art from Google
A delightful sequence of new experiments in art and culture from the Google team.
The Curator’s Table: The link below will take you to page of micro-images that are arranged as if on a table, where you can zoom and select an image of choice to delve deeper into the original gallery or museum source.
‘Use the Curator’s table to discover new insights and connections between artworks.
Inspired by curators around the world, we applied the principle of laying out prints on a table when planning an exhibition, to our virtual gallery. Assets are animated in realtime. You can search objects, styles and artists, and view them in one 3D space’.
Source: https://artsexperiments.withgoogle.com/curatortable/#567.53,816.03,4515.73,567.53,-1.00,3406.53 Accessed: 16.11.2016
Discover more about the experiments in this TED Talk!
conversationsEAST utility rating: 10/10
From the Google Cultural Institute…
The web makes the accessibilty of art and cultural artefacts real, in a way unparalleled in human history. In a world fractured by political and religious dissent, violence and inequality, access to the internet gives the interested visitor a vast catalogue of human creativity and expression upon the click of a mouse or the swipe of a screen icon.
These internet archival resources, dedicated to arts and culture, are at once both ethereal and concrete. We wonder how this availability might temper the consideration of other societies and cultures in the generations to come? If I can ‘see’ another people, perhaps their artistic output prevents me from seeing them as ‘the other’. Art as a cultural emollient?
This new Google site is a masterpriece of execution and artistic assemblage. Bringing together, as it does, a curated range of items from over a thousand museums, galleries and archives from around the world.
Whether your interest is in Japanese woodblock prints, or you would rather examine a museum’s visual art offering in intense close-up, then this site offers you much.
You can use the Google art camera zoom function to minutely examine images of original pieces, then zoom out and read an authorative short article on the work you have just engaged with.
We really liked Julio Romeros de Torres work The Fortune Telling. Dating from 1922, there is a real feel of getting closer to the work than ever the gallery stewards in the Museo Carmen Thyssen in Malaga would ever allow you. See the work here.
We found there was a softness, an intimacy, coupled to a leaning towards faith that was both gentle and captivating.
You can also access a daily digest of interesting objects and images, as well as take virtual tours of selected museums. As tech fans we enjoyed our ramble around the Tsiolkovosky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga, Russia too.
Whether an existing ardent gallery visitor or just setting out on your arts journey, there is much to admire in the Google Arts and Culture web window.
Source: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/ Accessed: 19.07.2016
conversationsEAST utility rating: 10/10
Minimalissimo isn’t so much art in tech, as art presented with tech! A new magazine where you can explore art, architecture, design, fashion, graphics and more.
An elegantly designed web site from the UK designers Six, the international content of the magazine presents the best of design in an easy to view, easy to use format.
We thought it was beautiful.
conversationsEAST utility rating: 10/10
Hire an Artist – offers a very straightforward proposition. Find an artist from their portfolio/catalogue and commission a piece of original artwork.
UK based, this web service lets artists register and build an on-line portfolio for free and takes a simple low commission from the transactions effected on-line with the artist.
An arts brokerage, in effect.
conversationsEAST utility rating: 10/10 Free for creatives to register…
Monegraph is a platform that makes it easy for digital creators of all kinds to construct licenses for the commercial use of their digital work.
”Our system streamlines licensing, payment processing, media handling, and distribution of your work so that you have everything you need to be in business and get paid for what you do.
With Monegraph, anyone can buy and sell fully licensed digital media directly. We bring artists, photographers, designers and illustrators together with collectors, publishers, advertisers and brands”.
A service for artists and digital creators to build an portfolio of electronic products, to promote them with appropriate licensing and to sell to collectors.
Worth keeping an eye on if you are a digital artist, we think, even if you just register your portfolio name for future use.
conversationsEAST utility rating: 8/10 presently / Free to register, but charges from payment provider Stripe will apply at the point of sale.
Making Digital Work – A digital Toolkit for Arts and Culture…July 2015
This new publication just had to be included in this section of conversationsEAST. It has everything that Art in Tech is all about.
Creativity, design, project planning, audience cultivation and engagement, business planning with new tools and evaluation in depth from the digital domain.
conversationsEAST utility rating: 10/10 /Free
Billed as ‘interactive, generative art’ you can swirl and sweep to your hearts content in your web browser.
You can save your creation to your local machine, or post it on all the usual social sites. Even send it to your art tutor by email.
We loved it. See more here…http://weavesilk.com/
conversationsEAST utility rating: 10
Google Art in Chrome
The Google Art Project. This is a Chrome browser extension which puts masterpieces of art directly into your Chrome web browser…every time you hit refresh.
A great way to read the captions, discover new artists from any period and style and to use the latest Google browser to boot.
conversationsEAST utlity 10
The web is full of portfolio sites, that is true, but here is one for the aspiring ‘early’ artist.
You can upload and import your work, be it a sketch, a photo or a scanned oil painting into you early canvas space.
The site offers you the opportunity to both show your work, but also to share it and make contact with other aspiring artists.
You can customise the design of your space and even, dare we say it, sell your work too. The creation of your portfolio space is free too, did we mention that?
Early Canvas: See more – http://earlycanvas.com/
conversationsEAST utility rating – Free and 10/10. (Like the design too, loads of white space…Ed).
London Arts Tube
London Arts Tube is a monthly on-line arts magazine, which can help you get the cultural and artistic best from your pending visit.
Whether galleries, music, museums or plays, amongst other things, are what you crave…find it on-line here.
Simple, free and effective. See more…http://londonartstube.co.uk/index.html
conversationsEAST utility rating: a bold 10.
Artspace in a post-Internet World
The development of technique with technological spread and reflections on how works will survive and resonate with viewers, or should that be users, in the post web space world.
The transmutation of art that’s based on the Internet from online-only platforms to materializations in real life leads to an interesting question: what will this work look like 100 years from now, when the technologies that these artists are using, commenting on, and imitating either no longer exist or have been radically transformed? Only time will tell.
See more here. Challenging, provocative and refreshingly disruptive art appreciation.