Three things 23.

29th April 2015

Each day I highlight just three things.

Sometimes there are links between them, oftentimes there are not.

State of Terror: innovative interactive report from veteran BBC journalist Peter Taylor about the financing of ISIS.

Martha Graham – goddess of contemporary dance: a strong group of resources from BBC Arts about the great choreographer, with clips and a text by Paul R. W, Jackson, Reader in Choreography and Dance at the University of Winchester.

• British Black and Asian Shakespeare: the film below outlines the AHRC-backed research project exploring a critical history of multicultural Shakespearean performance in 20th-century Britain; I’m going to their discussion, ‘Who Owns Shakespeare?’, later today at Warwick Arts Centre – the image above is a detail of a Angus McBean/RSC image of Edric Connor in Pericles, 1958.

Three things 22.

28th April 2015

Each day I highlight just three things.

Sometimes there are links between them, oftentimes there are not.

When Orham Panuk met Anselm Kiefer: a lovely, evocative essay by the novelist, courtesy of the Guardian.

Next practices in digital: a report from the Association of Art Museum Directors (freely downloadable) with 41 examples of recent digital initivatives in American art museums – lots of great ideas.

Brave New Camera: a trailer for what looks like a fascinating documentary about the impact of digital photography, connectivity and vast storage systems (I’ve wanted to make essentially this for television for the past five years, but couldn’t interest commissioners); background and additional clips are at The Creators Project here.

Brave New Camera Trailer from Brave New Camera on Vimeo.

Three things 21.

27th April 2015

Each day I highlight just three things.

Sometimes there are links between them, oftentimes there are not.

The new new museum: Jerry Saltz for New York magazine riffs on the recent history of art museums and makes you long to see the new Whitney in Manhattan.

Strategies against architecture – interactive media and transformative technology at Cooper Hewitt: long, relatively technical but fascinating paper from the recent Museums and the Web 2015 conference by Sebastian Chan and Aaron Cope, from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

A night at the museum: for Reverse Shot at the Museum of the Moving Image, Fernando F. Croce writes about Tsai Ming-liang’s extraordinary film Face (Visage, 2009, above), for which this is the trailer:

Three things 20.

26th April 2015

Each day I highlight just three things.

Sometimes there are links between them, oftentimes there are not.

The A-Z of Carl Dreyer: terrific anthology from Matthew Thrift at BFI about the demanding work of the great Danish director, including his little-known study of the sculptor Thorvaldsen (1949, above).

Seeing Istanbul again: Orhan Panuk’s translator Maureen Feely writes for The New York Review of Books about the Turkish writer’s vision of the city where he lives.

• Sophia Loren and the Italo-American songbook: apart from being hugely enjoyable, this essay is an object lesson in how to assemble – without commentary – comparatively obscure film extracts to explore an idea, in this case the creation of  trans-national identity in ’50s’ cinema; from Bristol PhD candidate Sarah Culhane.

Sophia Loren and the Italian-American Songbook from Sarah C on Vimeo.

Three things 19.

25th April 2015

Each day I try to highlight just three things.

Sometimes there are connections between the three things, oftentimes there are not.

The wonderfully elusive Chinese novel: a fascinating discussion from The New York Review of Books in which Perry Link takes off from a review of The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei, Vol. 5: The Dissolution to consider wider questions about Chinese literature and translation.

Artist who furtively photographed his neighbors wins in court, again: interesting Hyperallergic report by Laura C. Mallonee about the work of Arne Svenson whose series The Neighbours raises all sorts of interesting legal and ethical questions; above, a detail from “Neighbors #11″ (2012) (image courtesy Julie Saul Gallery NYC).

• Alec Soth on photographing “the cloud” in Silicon Valley: it’s more than a year old, but this is a solid SFMOMA video about the wonderful photographer making images of something entirely insubstantial.

Three things 18.

24th April 2015

Each day I try to highlight just three things.

Sometimes there are connections between the three things, oftentimes there are not.

The River – a new authenticity: a very fine essay by Ian Christie for Criterion on Jean Renoir’s 1951 feature shot in India (above).

The catastrophe: a rather extraordinary piece by Oliver Sacks in The New Yorker on the late Spalding Gray, who I knew slightly and admired immensely.

• Bruce Springsteen – ‘The River’: from when this song was new – just because…

Three things 17.

23rd April 2015

Each day I try to highlight three things (although on some days, like today, the post is a little late).

Sometimes there are connections between the three things, oftentimes there are not.

jam & cheese: this really is very cool – a film for Dazed by Ewen Spencer about skaters in abandoned sites around London.

The trader in the wild: a compelling tale from Chip Brown at Bloomberg Business.

The Affair: most definitely looking forward to this (above) – on Sky Atlantic next month.

Three things 16.

21st April 2015

Each day I highlight three things (although on some days, like today, the post is a little late).

Sometimes there are connections between the three things, oftentimes there are not.

The future of memory – disrupting the archives to save it: great talk, with slides, from the excellent Rick Prelinger, given last week at FIAF.

Archive of recorded poetry and literature: a rather wondrous new resource from the Library of Congress.

Innerspace: Eric Hynes at the Museum of the Moving Image Reverse Shot blog writes very well about Miami Vice (1984-89, above) and Miami Vice (2006); for those nostalgic about the original series, take a look at the Top 10 Miami Vice music moments compiled by schnuffel661:

Three things 15.

20th April 2015

Each day I highlight three things.

Sometimes there are connections between them, oftentimes there not.

A new Whitney: Michael Kimmelman reviews Manhattan’s latest museum, with great use of embedded video and graphics (above) in a spectacular online essay from The New York Times.

The museum of the future is here: Robinson Meyer, back in January, for The Atlantic, on the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s recently reopened design museum.

• The Louvre scene from Bande à part (1964, director Jean-Luc Godard): this has recently been appropriated by an ad for a mobile phone, but the original says more about heritage, museums, cinema and being young than pretty much any other 40 seconds of film.

Three things 14.

19th April 2015

Each day I highlight three things.

Sometimes there are connections between them, oftentimes there not.

C20 Society Churches Database: a truly wonderful resource from the Twentieth Century Society.

The Smithsons on Housing: writer and filmmaker B. S. Johnson’s eccentric and compelling BBC documentary made in 1970 about architects Alison and Peter Smithson; I came to this via John Grindrod’s terrific blog Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, which has an informative entry here (and lots more links to fascinating films).

Los Angeles Plays Itself: Thom Andersen’s great 2003 essay film (above) about Hollywood’s representation of the city of angeles is finally available on DVD (albeit as a Region 1 impost); here’s the trailer…

Los Angeles Plays Itself (trailer) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.