Creative Applications Network: Radiance – A database of artistic VR experiences. “There are moments when looking for decent VR projects is kind of like scanning the countless stars in the sky in hopes of finding intelligent life; many creators are making VR but a lot of that work is built around film and videogame industry expectations. Enter Radiance VR, a new initiative by researchers/curators Philip Hausmeier and Tina Sauerlaender that collects and collates artist-created VR projects and posts them to a public database.”
Xinhua: China Focus: Digital archiving preserves Tibetan Buddhist artwork. “In the morning, researchers and monks gather in front of a hall in Sakya Monastery, the earliest monastery of the Sakya Sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. They go through the security checks and enter the hall, which is designated as a work area for the second round of a digital archive project which was launched in September…. The project aims to archive 26 types of artifacts in the Sakya Monastery, Tibet Autonomous Region.”
New-to-me, from Jonathan B.: The Poopsheet Foundation. It is not what it sounds like. From the home page: “A virtual archive of mini-comics, fanzines, small press comics, newave comix and related items. The physical archive, housed at PF headquarters, is being built with personal acquisitions as well as generous donations from supporters. This project is most definitely a work in progress.”
Google Blog: Exploring contemporary art with Google Arts & Culture. “Working with more than 180 partners all over the world, Google Arts & Culture is shining a light on contemporary art, with a new collection of online stories and rich digital content at g.co/ContemporaryArt.”
Engadget: Snapchat’s next AR trick is giant art installations . “Snap is bringing a touch of art world glitz to Snapchat. Keen observers will have noticed a newly launched countdown on its art.snapchat.com URL. Well, the internet has already cracked its code. And no, you’re not about to get a Snapchat drone (at least not yet). The domain is apparently tied to a new augmented reality art project featuring Jeff Koons and, possibly, more artists down the line.”
The Spaces: Will the new ‘Shazam for art’ app change the gallery experience forever?. “New app Smartify aims to be the ‘Shazam of the art world’, giving users instant information about thousands of artworks on show in public galleries across the world. The smartphone and tablet app uses image recognition technology to scan and identify artworks, earning comparison to the famous music app, founded in 1999. Smartify also provides audio interviews with artists, as well as hidden stories about the pieces and curatorial information, acting as a free hand-held tour guide for curious gallery-goers.” 30 institutions participating so far. Sounds awesome!
Minnesota Daily: Marcy-Holmes’ art history housed on new website. “The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association is putting the area’s art history in focus. MHNA debuted Creative Spark: Marcy-Holmes, a website dedicated to displaying historic and contemporary art of the neighborhood, on Sept. 23. More than 100 pieces are available for viewing on the new website. The Creative Spark gallery was the result of a partnership between MHNA and the University of Minnesota. Pieces on the website include paintings, songs, sculptures, photographs, sketches and more, with the oldest piece dating back to the mid-1800s.”