Five films by Yvonne Rainer

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 12 May 2011

Yvonne Rainer

Five films by Yvonne Rainer are now available on Ubuweb: Hand movie (1966), Lives of performers (1972), Film about a woman who… (1974), Journies from Berlin/1971 (1980), and Privilege (1990).

Library of Congress National Jukebox

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 12 May 2011

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

UK SoundMap

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 18 April 2011

The British Library’s UK SoundMap is an interactive map of soundscape recordings from around the country, contributed by members of the public, which charts Britain’s changing sonic environment.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 11 April 2011


Currently installed at the Richmix cafe on Bethnal Green Road, Cybraphon is a BAFTA award winning ‘autonomous emotional robot band’ created by Edinburgh art collective FOUND.

Inspired by early 19th century mechanical bands such as the nickelodeon, Cybraphon is an interactive version of a mechanical band in a box. Consisting of a series of robotic instruments housed in a large display case, Cybraphon behaves like a real band. Image conscious and emotional, the band’s performance is affected by online community opinion as it searches the web for reviews and comments about itself 24 hours a day.

Cybraphon can be seen at Richmix until 20th April and is performing alongside its creators, FOUND, on 19th April as part of the London Word Festival.

Sixty symbols: videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 11 April 2011

Sixty SymbolsVideo journalist Brady Haran has produced Sixty symbols, a series of videos featuring scientists from the University of Nottingham explaining the science behind the symbols used in physics and astronomy.

Brady’s other science websites include:

The periodic table of videos: a film for every element on the periodic table
Test tube: videos behind the scenes in the world of science
My favourite scientist: films explaining the work of famous (and some not so famous) scientists

Marcel Broodthaers / Un voyage en mer du nord

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 11 April 2011

Un voyage en mer du nordThe artist’s book Un voyage en mer du nord by Marcel Broodthaers is now available in PDF format via Ubuweb.

Artists’ books

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 15 December 2010

artists-books.jpgA selection of 20 1960s and 70s artists’ books have been digitised and made available here. The selection includes examples by some of the most important artists associated with the boom in artists’ books publishing at this time, such as Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, John Baldessari, and Marcel Broodthaers.

The Music of Marcel Duchamp

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 9 December 2010

duchamp.jpgBetween 1912 and 1915 Marcel Duchamp experimented with musical ideas. He composed two works of music and a conceptual piece – a note suggesting a musical happening. Recordings of these pieces are now available on Ubuweb.

The League of Moveable Type

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 30 November 2010

blackout-13.jpgThe League of Moveable Type is a collection of open source fonts available for web designers to download.

Library Acquisitions October / November 2010

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 30 November 2010

faithfull-liverpool.jpgRecent additions to the collections include:

Simon Faithfull. Liverpool-to-Liverpool. Liverpool University Press, 2010. ART ME 19 FAI
Lisa Le Feuvre. Failure (Documents of Contemporary Art). Whitechapel Gallery, 2010. ART BE LEF
Salomé Voegelin. Listening to noise and silence: towards a philosophy of sound art. Continuum, 2010. ART PX 20 VOE
Martin Creed: works. Thames & Hudson, 2010. ART ME 29 CRE
Marsha Meskimmon. Contemporary art and the cosmopolitan imagination. Routledge, 2010. ART BG MES

For the full list visit LibraryThing.