Friday, April 6, 2012

BMW Tate Live: Online Live Performance Series

Live performance art in an online space with a global community of viewers participating via social media: with its new BMW Tate Live: Performance Room program the Tate is re-envisioning the Internet as a primary space in which artists can create and present their work.

Jérôme Bel inaugurated this experimental series of five performance events on March 22, and will be followed by Pablo Bronstein on April 26, Emily Roysdon on May 31, Harrell Fletcher on June 28, and Joan Jonas on a date to be announced.

How will the artists play with virtual communications and help redefine what an exhibition space can be? You are invited to find out by visiting Tate’s YouTube channel on the specified date of each performance at 8:00pm UK time (12:00pm PT; 1:00pm MT; 2:00pm CT; or 3:00pm ET in the US). Audience members are encouraged to participate online with questions to the artists and curators and by interacting with each other via the Tate's social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and by using the Twitter hashtag #BMWTateLive.

The performances will be archived and available for online viewing at a later date.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Expansion of Google Art Project Announced

Today the Google blog announced a major expansion of content available in the Google Art Project. A little over a year ago the VRC reported the launch of this resource. I noted then that while its scope was relatively small -- with only 1,000 images from 17 museums -- the Art Project had the potential to become an incredible resource over time. I am pleased to see that the Art Project now includes more than 30,000 high-resolution artworks. These represent a more diverse cultural range that includes sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries. There are currently Street View images for 46 museums, with more on the way.

In addition to more images, some other new elements include:
  • New tools, called Explore and Discover, let you find images by period, artist, or artwork type.
  • Integration of Google+ and Hangouts on the site.
  • Better quality of Street View images.
  • 46 artworks are now available in super high "gigapixel" resolution.
  • The My Gallery feature, which allows you to build, annotate, and share personalized galleries.
 Want to know more about the Google Art Project. The FAQs page is a great place to start. Have fun exploring!