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15 FEBRUARY 2015

Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books Collection Online

"Artists' books are works of art, like paintings or sculptures, but in book form. While book illustration has a much longer history, the book as art object is a product of the 20th century. Some of the early examples were created by Futurists and Dadaists in their politically–motivated pamphlets and magazines, by Fluxus artists in their happenings, and by conceptual artists' in their work to dematerialize the art object. Artists' books can also be unique creations undertaken with extreme care and attention to detail. Some are experimental and done by artists better known as painters or sculptors, as a way to extend their artistic practice. Many artists use the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult issues, with ideas that cannot be conveyed as clearly on a canvas or other medium. Some artist–made books illustrate the words of others, integrating art and literature. And some artists' books do not have words at all. As a work created by an artist, the nature, appearance and purpose, of an artist's book can be fundamentally different from what one might find on the shelves of the library.

Artists' books exist at the intersections of printmaking, photography, poetry, experimental narrative, visual arts, graphic design, and publishing. They have made a place for themselves in the collections of museums, libraries, and private collectors. They have caught the interest of art historians and critics writing about art, and there are numerous studio programs in art schools dedicated to the art of the book, ushering in new generations of artists making books."

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20th century • art and literature • art object • artist-made books • artists books • artists making books • Barbara Krugerbook formbook formatbook publishing • cataloguer • cataloguing challenge • Claire Van Vliet • Cooper Hewitt Library • cross-institution collaboration • culture onlineDada • defy easy classification • Dibner Library • diorama • Ed Ruscha • experimental books • FluxusFuturism (art movement) • Georges Adeagbo • graphic designhappenings • Hirshhorn Museum • Ida Applebroog • illustrating the words of others • Joe Freedman • Julie Chen • Kara Walker • Laura Davidson • library catalogue • Luan Nel • museum collectionsnational cultural heritage online • National Museum of African Art • National Portrait Gallery Library • online resource • pamphlets • paper engineering • photographypoetry • politically motivated • pop-up booksprintmaking • Smithsonian American Art Museum • Smithsonian Design Library • Smithsonian LibrariesSol LeWitt • the art of the book • Thomas Parker Williams • unusual physical features • Virginia Flynn • visual arts • Warren M Robbins Library • William Kentridgeworks of artYoko Ono

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Simon Perkins
31 MARCH 2014

Copyright User: online resource for UK content producers

"We aim to provide answers to the most pressing concerns that creators have about copyright. To find out what was most confusing to users, we took two approaches. First, we analysed the 200 most frequently asked questions about copyright posted online by creators and consumers, and we filtered those down to the most important 20 which you can find answered in the 'FAQs' section. Second, we spoke to creators themselves. For each of the main artistic mediums we produced a video which contains interviews with creators about their artistic process, thoughts and questions about copyright."

(27 March 2014)

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2014archives • Bartolomeo Meletti • content producercopyrightcopyright lawcopyright legislation • Copyright User (site) • Court of Justice of the European Union • creative industriescreditscriticism • current legislation • data mining • Davide Bonazzi • educationEuropean Unionfilmmakers • getting permission • interactive developers • IPR • legal access • legal issueslegal rightslegal rights holderslicensing • Marco Bagni • musiciansnews reportingonline resourceoriginalityorphan worksparodypasticheperformersplagiarismpreservation • private copying • private study • public domainre-useresearchreview • Sarc:o • text miningUK • UK Copyright Act • UK Copyright Law • visual artistsvisual plagiarismwriters

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Ashley Woodfall
29 MARCH 2014

An extensive online resource for creating new ideas

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absence thinking • action verbs • areas of key value • art streaming • assumption busting • attribute listing • braindrawing • brainmapping • brainstorming • brainwriting • breakdown • challenge • chunking • conflict • Crawford slip method • create new ideas • creative ideas • creative method • creative methods • creative skills • creative stimulus • creative techniques • creative tension • creative thinkingcreative toolscreativity • creativity toolbox • creativity tools • David Straker • day in the life • decomposition • deep analysis • delphi methoddoodlingdrawing • essential qualities • expand thinking • explore ideas • extended ideas • focused thinking • forced conflict • forcing combinations • gain consensus • gradually unfolding • group doodlin • guided imagery • hierarchical breakdown and exploration • how to • how-how diagram • idea generationimagineering • incomplete doodles • incubation • lateral thinking • looking at the problem backwards • lotus blossom • mind-mapping • minimal personal interaction • modelling • morphological analysis • nominal group technique • non-verbal stimulation • online resourcepausepost-it notes • post-up • problem plus stimulus equals idea • provocation • random word • random words • real problem • remembering solutions • remembrance • reversal • reverse brainstorming • rightbraining • role-play • rubber-ducking • scamper • Six Thinking Hats • stimulate the subconscious • stimuli • storyboarding • subconscious • take a break • talk and talk • talk streaming • the Kipling method • think more deeply • thinking sideways • toolbox • triz contradiction analysis • unblock • unconscious assumptions • unfold the flower • unfolding • value engineering • visioning • visual story • wishing • write and write • write streaming

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Simon Perkins
14 DECEMBER 2012

Thought Maybe: a video resource to inform and inspire action

"This is a website that aims to provoke your thoughts not only about these important issues, but many other pertinent topics relevant to modern society, industrial civilisation and globalised dominant culture.

There's already a lot of information on the Internet, so our goal is to cut through the noise and garbage, to present credible information in a clear way, so it's accessible, useful and easily digested. This still may not be an easy undertaking though, and we can understand that – especially considering the complexity and interconnectedness of the topics, as well as the crossing over of sources; but also for the fact that the information here can be incomplete, sometimes contradictory or even controversial. But this is the point. It's all part of what we're trying to do: provoke critical thinking, questioning... and doing.

We've fundamentally built this resource to inform and inspire action – and no, we're not talking about clicking the stupid 'Like' button on Facebook, signing online petitions or letter writing – we mean informing and inspiring real–world action; taking this information away from the computer to rejuvenate the strong networks with the people around you in the real world, to discuss, plan, act. This is not a symbolic action or clicktivism website, it's a resource to inform, inspire and provoke.

We aim to generate a multitude of responses, reactions and methods to the work we're doing, because that's what is needed to solve the plethora of puzzles and problems addressed in the information we publish. Some of these puzzles are big, some are small, but everywhere you look, there's good work to be done."

(Thought Maybe)

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clicktivismcomplexitycontradictioncontradiction and changecontroversial • controversial information • credible informationcritical thinking • crossing over of sources • globalised culture • incite • incomplete information • industrial civilisation • inform and inspire • information • inspire action • interconnectednessmodern societyonline resource • pertinent topics • provocationquestioning • real-world action • rejuvenate networks • strong networks • symbolic action • Thought Maybe • video libraryvideo publishingvideo repositoryvideo resources

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Simon Perkins
15 JULY 2012

New Zealand National Library and the Alexander Turnbull Library

"We're in Beta, and we're excited to share this new National Library website with you. Why are we so excited? For the first time you can search right across our collections in one place. It's easier to get what you're after and easier to use it."

(The Aotearoa New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua)

Fig.1 Ref: 1/2–220232–F, Portrait of girl with fan, 1968, photographed by K E Niven & Co of Wellington.

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Simon Perkins
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