Archive for January, 2008

Library acquisitions December 2007 / January 2008

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 31 January 2008

Items added to library stock during December and January include:


Matt, Gerald. Interviews. Koenig, 2007. ART BH MAT
Sound & vision. Damiani, 2007. ART M 8 SOU
Heartney, Eleanor. After the revolution: women who transformed contemporary art. Prestel, 2007. ART M 8 HEA
Amerika, Mark. Meta/data: a digital poetics. MIT, 2007. ART MU 19 AME

The full list can be found here: Library acquisitions December January 2008

Blank Map & World Map

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 29 January 2008

uk-map.gifBlank Map & World Map is an online image-bank containing free high-quality ‘blank maps’, available for download without registration. The maps areworldmap2.gif published under a Creative Commons licence, and are available as GIFs or in EPS format (i.e.: in a scalable vector graphic form suitable for immediate importing into Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or similar software). Maps are available for all parts of the world, including the British Isles.

The Freesound Project

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 29 January 2008

freesound1.jpgThe Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, all released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. Users can browse the sounds using keywords, up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license, and interact with fellow sound-artists.

Under the terms of the Creative Commons license users are free ‘to sample, mash-up, or otherwise creatively transform this work for commercial or noncommercial purposes’ as long as the work is correctly attributed.

120 Years of Electronic Music

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 29 January 2008

rca-synthesiser-1956.jpg120 Years of Electronic Music documents the development of electronic musical instruments from 1870 to 1990 – although the main focus is on instruments being developed from the beginning of the twentieth century to 1960. Electronic musical instruments are defined here as “instruments that synthesise sounds from an electronic source”. Hybrid electronic instruments from the end of the nineteenth century are left out of this definition and some non-electronic instruments (for example, the Futurists’ ‘Intonarumori’) have been included, since it was thought that they were important in the historical development of modern music. The website lists the instruments chronologically, with the inventor, country of origin and date beside each one. Links take the user into more detailed information about each instrument. Some sound samples are included.

Tracks: a journal of artists’ writings

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 24 January 2008

Postcard by Ad ReinhardtThe Library has acquired several copies of Tracks magazine. Published in New York in the mid 1970s, Tracks features writings and projects by artists such as Ad Reinhardt, Barbara Kruger, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, and Dan Graham.

 Tracks is held in the Little Magazines collection in the Library’s Special Collections

Record players

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 24 January 2008

Dansette ‘Viva’ record player, 1965The British Library has created an online gallery of record players through the ages which consists of a selection of machines from the BL Sound Archive’s extensive artifacts collection. Items include gramophones of the 1890s, record players of the 1950s and cassette decks of the 1970s.

The British Library Archival Sound Recordings can be accessed online by logging in with your UCL username and password.

Velox: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Film

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 14 January 2008

Velox magazineVelox is a new quarterly online, peer reviewed magazine which aims to deliver critical approaches to contemporary films and provide immediate open access to its content. The first edition appeared in October 2007. Issue one can be downloaded as a pdf file and features articles on ‘Kierkegaard avec Tarantino’, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, ‘Cato and Dr. No vs. Anglo Heroes: Reaffirming American Monologia through Film’, and ‘Profit and Prophecy: the Popular Reception of (Un)truth in the Science Fiction of H.G. Wells’. If you register, you will receive the contents page of each issue by e-mail.

Henry Moore Works in Public

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 10 January 2008

Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3 1961The Henry Moore Foundation has launched a new website listing Moore’s sculptures in the public domain. UK collections have already been listed, and other countries will be added during 2008.

Each work is catalogued and photographed in situ where possible. An accompanying text offers an insight into the work. A google map makes finding a venue very straightforward and access arrangements and opening times are listed.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 4 January 2008

Art-Rite issue 10 Fall 1975. Cover by Joseph Beuys.The library has acquired 5 issues of Art-Rite magazine, nos. 8-12/13. Art-Rite, an ‘art fanzine’ which owed more to punk magazines than formal art writing, was published and distributed free in New York between 1973 and 1978 and featured work and essays by Joseph Beuys, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Ryman, Ed Ruscha, Lucy Lippard, and Lawrence Alloway, among others.

Read an Artforum essay on Art-Rite here.

Art-Rite is held in the Little Magazines collection in the Library’s Special Collections.

Documents of Dada and Surrealism

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 2 January 2008

dada6.jpgDocuments of Dada and Surrealism: Dada and Surrealist Journals in the Mary Reynolds Collection is a substantial online illustrated essay by Irene Hofmann of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, at The Art Institute of Chicago. Using her access to original publications, Hofmann outlines the role and functions of journals and pamphlets in Dada and Surrealism, and discusses this in the context of: ‘Zurich: The Birth of Dada’; ‘Berlin’, ‘New York’, ‘Paris: The Heart of Surrealism’, and ‘Surrealism in New York’.