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Archive for March, 2009

Library acquisitions March 2009

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 31 March 2009

Un coup de désNew items added to the Art collections during March include:

Un coup de dés: writing turned image: an alphabet of pensive language. Generali Foundation, 2008. ART M 8 COU
Fried, Michael. Why photography matters as art as never before. Yale University Press, 2008. ART R 5 FRI
Brown, Paul. White heat, cold logic: British computer art, 1960-1980. MIT Press, 2008. ART TA BRO
Holmes, Tom. Electronic and experimental music: technology, music and culture. Routledge, 2008. ART PX 20 HOL
Tomkins, Calvin. Lives of the artists. Henry Holt & Co., 2008. ART M 8 TOM
Bourriaud, Nicolas. The radicant. Lukas & Sternberg, 2009. ART BG BOU

For the full list visit LibraryThing.

Theatre in Video trial

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 March 2009

Theatre in VideoUCL has a trial of Theatre in Video until 26 April 2009.

This resource contains more than 100 definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, together with more than 60 film documentaries, in streaming video.  Included are the BBC complete works of Shakespeare, as well as works by Ibsen, Beckett, Pinter and many others. Productions can be searched, or browsed by person, genre, company etc. Users can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging.

Please send any feedback to me at e.lawes@ucl.ac.uk

Art:21: art in the 21st century

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 26 March 2009

Matthew BarneyThe website for the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has provided this collection of over 300 video excerpts featuring painters, sculptors, installation artists and photographers, from feature length documentaries produced for their television series Art: 21 – Art in the 21st Century. The videos have been formatted for the Web and are available in both high and low bandwidth versions for RealPlayer, QuickTime and Windows Media Player. Arranged alphabetically each section includes short videos, a biography and slideshows of the artist at work, a survey of their work, interviews and links. Around 70 artists are featured, including Matthew Barney, Cai Guo-Qiang, Mark Dion, Ellen Gallagher, Roni Horn, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Kara Walker, and Andrea Zittel.

Cinema Image Gallery trial

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 11 March 2009

cinema-image-gallery.jpgThe Library has a trial for the Cinema Image Gallery during March and April. Cinema Image Gallery is an image database covering the history of film-making through a wide range of high-quality images of films in production. It includes more than 152,000 images, from the latter part of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century. It also offers an extensive TV stills archive featuring classic and modern television.

The database also offers links to reviews and other articles, some in full text, and biographies. If you have any comments on this database during the trial period please forward them to e.lawes@ucl.ac.uk

Wellcome Films

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 2 March 2009

Feet. Produced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the American Posture League © Wellcome TrustThe Wellcome Film collection has now been added to Film & Sound Online. The 212 films in the collection, which illustrate the use of film as a communication tool in the medical sciences, were previously only available to researchers visiting the Wellcome Institute.

The earliest footage is of archaeological digs in the Sudan, at Jebel Moya, featuring the founder, Sir Henry Wellcome himself (A day at Gebel Moya, season 1912-13), as well as more jaunty corporate fare about the business of running a pharmaceutical company (Looking Around, The Story of the Wellcome Foundation).

Many of the films were originally made for professional audiences such as doctors, surgeons, nurses and students of medicine, so be prepared for some “hands-on” footage of clinical procedures and actual operations.