This beautiful collection of hi-res photographs, drawings, paintings, etchings, manuscripts and early advertising has been released under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence, which means you can remix and distribute (or even use commercially, with attribution) as much as you please. (via Open Culture)
Fantastic post discussing some of the pitfalls and challenges facing those who would use online digital content in their creative projects. Terras identifies some great examples of this in action, before outlining some of the major drawbacks artists face when dealing with digitised cultural heritage content. Reading through the comments I came across an interesting link to an article exploring irreverent mashups and power in relation to art objects. I think it’s a really interesting conversation to be having – particularly as it raises important questions about the impact of cultural appropriation and colonialism, as well as what GLAM institutions can do to specifically address these issues.
Currently the FingerReader is still a prototype, but it’s hard not to get enthusiastic about an idea like this. The interface is designed to function as an extension of our bodies, and also provides tactile responses in addition to audible feedback. Check out the team’s FAQ for more information.
The festival opens today, and there’s all sorts of neat stuff going on. Check out the free stuff, and check out the visual arts stuff. Hoping to get to Framed Movements and Golden Mirror Carousel in particular.