Cornell Chronicle: Study uses neural networks to define Dada

Cornell Chronicle: Study uses neural networks to define Dada. “To make a Dadaist poem, artist Tristan Tzara once said, cut out each word of a newspaper article. Put the words into a bag and shake. Remove the words from the bag one at a time, and write them down in that order. This ‘bag of words’ method is not entirely different from how artificial intelligence algorithms identify words and images, breaking them down into components one step at a time. The similarity inspired Cornell researchers to explore whether an algorithm could be trained to differentiate digitized Dadaist journals from non-Dada avant-garde journals – a formidable task, given that many consider Dada inherently undefinable.”

The Avant Garde Project: An Online Archive of Experimental Classical and Electroacoustic music (The Present Continuous)

New-to-me, from The Present Continuous: The Avant Garde Project: An Online Archive of Experimental Classical and Electroacoustic music. “The Avant Garde Project seeks to preserve musical works that have either never seen general release or are out of print. The recordings have been meticulously digitised and are available to download as high quality 16bit/44000 Htz Flac files.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI’s Jazz History Database Scores Archive of Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Trombonist

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI’s Jazz History Database Scores Archive of Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Trombonist. “When assistant teaching professor Rich Falco invited two jazz experts to address his Jazz History Database class last year, little did he know it would lead to WPI’s acquiring the archive of a jazz heavyweight. In a major coup for the database that Falco founded, internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd’s massive archive of work—audio, video, and print—is being donated so that everyone will be able to hear the music of a man the New York Times called ‘a central figure in the avant-garde jazz scene of the 1960s and ’70s.'”

AIGA Eye on Design: Lubalin’s Radical ’60s Magazines Are Giving Us A Lesson in Archiving on the Web

AIGA Eye on Design: Lubalin’s Radical ’60s Magazines Are Giving Us A Lesson in Archiving on the Web. “Around 2013, Mindy Seu was in San Francisco, browsing through Adobe Books in the Mission District, when she stumbled upon the iconic fifth volume of Avant Garde magazine, the short-lived 1960s publication by Ralph Ginzburg and Herb Lubalin that to this day retains something of a cult status among designers. She snatched up the copy and started buying more rare issues where she could find them—in used bookstores, flea markets, and on eBay. By time she amassed the complete collection, she’d also formed a plan to digitize the issues and make them publicly accessible online.”

Hyperallergic: New Database Highlights Overlooked European Avant-Garde Artists

Hyperallergic: New Database Highlights Overlooked European Avant-Garde Artists. “Launched last month, Forgotten Heritage is an interactive, online database that highlights overlooked European avant-garde artists active after 1945. It currently features the works of dozens of artists from Poland, Croatia, Estonia, France, and Belgium, and will continue to include more from other countries over time. Supported by Creative Europe, the free visual resource was compiled over several years by an international quartet of cultural institutions — the Arton Foundation in Warsaw, the Office for Photography Foundation in Zagreb, Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, and Luca School of Arts in Brussels.”

Digital treasure trove: UI makes avant-garde works accessible to the world (University of Iowa)

New-to-me, from the University of Iowa: Digital treasure trove: UI makes avant-garde works accessible to the world. “Even before the International Dada Archive was established, the UI’s holdings in the field were extensive, and the collection has since grown to include about 75,000 objects such as books, articles, magazines, broadsheets, drawings and sketchbooks, diaries, invitations, video recordings, and sound recordings….Today, these works are able to travel farther and reach more viewers than their artists likely ever imagined, thanks to efforts that began in the late 1990s to digitize the collection. The Digital Dada Library provides links to scanned pages of original Dada-era publications, including books, pamphlets, broadsides, and periodicals.”