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  • Chris Weller 7:04 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, ipad, moma, reviews, session 7   

    The EB EX NY iPad app from MoMA. 

    The EB EX NY iPad ap from MoMA is one of the mobile nominees. I’ve had this free app for at least a few weeks, but never opened it. I know and understand little about abstract expressionism, so I’m coming at this from the position of a complete beginner.

    Initially, the app launches as a large picture of a giant white wall with many paintings and even a few sculptures hanging. I can swipe my fingers across the screen and the wall moves to let me see another section. Tapping any painting brings it front and center with a black background and descrete menu options in each corner. Menu items can be dismissed or recalled with a single finger tap. A double tap or pinch zooms in on any painting, while swiping allows me to explore the piece up close. When viewing a series, I can swipe between paintings until I see one I like. This is a fantastic use of the iPad interface and why I think this medium is superior to the web for displaying fine art.

    The main interface has tabs that break down the contents of the app by multimedia type: galleries, video and a map. It also includes a glossary of art terms and a “buy” button that lets you join the museum and buy from the shop.

    The galleries include predictable choices like Artists and Chronological, but the standout feature is the bookmark gallery. Any painting can be bookmarked when it is in focused, which adds it to this gallery. I think this is particularly useful in art apps where specific pieces are likely to speak to me more than others. I can be sure to see the pieces I like best when I go to the exhibit. Many of the featured paintings also have audio notes taken from the exhibit audio tour.

    There are more than a dozen high quality videos about the exhibition and about the artists and style. These are included with the app, which makes it extremely helpful when a connection is not available.

    The best “deep interest” feature of the app is a map of Manhattan and Long Island with markers on important galleries, artist homes and studios. Many of the markers show images and notes when tapped. Many of those images also zoom to larger sizes. This could occupy a real fan of the abstract art for hours.

    The curators and developers obviously put a lot of effort and care into this app. It appeals to newbies like me and yet also has something to offer the knowledgeable.
    These are the sort of apps that make me a big fan of the iPad.

  • Graduate Assistant 8:42 am on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, collective, graffiti art   

    The Wooster Collective 

    In connection with my final project topic which deals with the topic of image retrieval system and graffiti art, I’ve decided to look at one of my references for this assignment, the Wooster Collective. As mentioned on their website, the Wooster Collective is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world. The site is maintained and updated by Mac and Sara Schiller. The Wooster Collective site includes images, videos and articles documenting interesting photos, events, and new all dealing with street art. For example, users may find reviews of an artist’s new work or of a recent gallery exhibit. There’s also a feature where users can search the site’s archives by either date, beginning from the sites creation in 2003 to the present, or by a category list which is over 100 items long. Depending on the entry’s tag, a user can find what they are looking for. Some tags include 3-D, geek graffiti, activism, and even by city. The site also has a podcast with music and interviews featuring street artists. Also listed on the Collective’s site are links to websites of the street artists that are mentioned on the site such as Buffmonster, Space Invader, and the well known artist, Banksy.

    I really find it interesting that the Wooster Collective its content is user submitted. Aside from the Schillers collecting images, news, and video about street art, the public is encouraged to submit their own photos by emailing them to the site. Also many of the entries have the option to “recommend” the article. Since the Wooster Collective can be found on Twitter, it’s possible for readers to retweet an entry, There is also a feedback link where users can contact the administrators of the site.

    The reason why I chose to share this site with the class is because like you’ll hear in my final presentation numerous times I think that graffiti art has, whether someone considers vandalism or not, become a part of our culture. It’s become more mainstream thanks to street artists like Shepard Fairey, Fafi, and Banksy. Graffiti style art has been used in advertisements. Artists’ works have been sought out by art collectors and have been seen in many art auctions going for thousands of dollars. And because a lot of graffiti art is so temporary, it deserves to be preserved. Aside from a cataloging system inspired by ICONCLASS that was created to put some order in graffiti art, I feel like there really isn’t a “professional” way of archiving such work. Having the Wooster Collective in existence gives graffiti art the chance to have some permanence in our culture.

    I’ve included a link to our del.icio.us account if you’d like to check out the Wooster Collective for yourself.

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