The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 4/30/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on April 30, 2010
- When the Library of Congress announced recently that they would be storing the complete archives of Twitter, they caught some flak from the citizenry. So, it was interesting to read Slate writer Christopher Bream’s article on how future historians will use the Twitter archives.
- When a shoebox of photos contains all of your family’s history and hope… Read the interview with artist Seba Kurtis at Conscientious and then check out more of the artist’s photos here.
- This week marks YouTube’s 5 year anniversary, the incredible citizen video repository which generates an incredible 1 billion videos views per day.
- Signs of Use, a kind of photographic archive of familiar objects whose usefulness is in decline by artist Andy Sawyer. [via Effie Kapsalis, SPI]
- Speaking of obsolete objects, Sony has announced the death of the floppy disc and will no longer produce these discs, which first went into production in 1981.
- What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in a museum? The NYT wants students to respond.
- Natalie Merchant’s new album Leave Your Sleep, explores childhood through old poems set to music. We just realized that the poem, “The Janitor’s Boy,” by Natalia Crane (a poet and literati featured in our Flickr Commons Women in Science set) is featured on the album! This portrait of Crane from our collection is discussed in the Utne Reader this month, and shows up around 3:51 in this PBS video: [via Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette]
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