What do poets have to do with naming cars? Who's uncovering imperfections in the scanning of Google books? Where can you find police composite sketches based on descriptions of literary characters? This edition of Saturday Sharing takes you to the sources for answers.
✦ Ever wonder how cars get named? Ford Motor Company once turned to poet Marianne Moore (1887-1972) for her suggestions, which you will find at Lists of Note. (My thanks to the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog for the link.)
✦ If you've experienced or observed compelling acts of kindness, the director of Kindness: The Movie wants to know about it.
✦ At The Composites you'll find the work of Brian Joseph Davis, who creates images using police composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters from the likes of Flannery O'Connor, Gustave Flaubert, and Graham Greene. (My thanks to The Book Bench for the link.)
✦ The frequently updated Tumblr blog titled The Art of Google Books has two aims, according to its About page: "to recognize book digitization as rephotography, and to value the signs of use that accompany these texts as worthy of documentation and study." Its creator Krissy Wilson told NewsHourArtBeat in this Q&A that her project uncovers and document imperfections (what Wilson calls "adversaria") that are caused during scanning and stands alone as a "gallery of aesthetic images". It's a fascinating endeavor that's produced a very interesting compilation of images.
✦ Here's a preview of the autobiographical Story/Time, from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, commissioned by Montclair State University and Walker Art Center; the work was performed at the Walker in February. Bill T. Jones narrates.
BTJ/AZ Story/Time (2012) from New York Live Arts on Vimeo.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on FaceBook
Also see this post, which includes a feature on Jones's work.