Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

This week's edition of Saturday Sharing introduces you to several not-to-be-missed sites that will stimulate your creative and intellectual sides.

✭ Need a pick-me-up? Watch this short clip from the in-production documentary Get Real! Wise Women Speak.

✭ Check out the new multi-modal digital journal anomalous. (My thanks to New Pages for the heads up.)

✭ The beta version of a new site to be called Archives Portal Europe is live and provides access to information about archival materials of more than a dozen European nations and archival institutions elsewhere on the Continent. Among the national archives currently represented in the Directory are those of Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. This promises to be an exceptional site for gaining easy and direct access to archive repositories abroad. 

✭ Still photographer Martin Waugh will surprise and delight you with his "liquid sculptures". Don't miss Waugh's stop-motion "bead video", comprising 312 individual frames, each a separate photograph of a different set of beads of water. Go here to learn about Waugh's techniques, which are a meld of the scientific and the artistic, and here to see a Discovery video that shows how Martin gets drops of water to do their "rain dance", or what he calls the "curve of the fluid". A recent feature on Oregon Art Beat is here.

Martin Waugh's Blog

Documentary and Interview with Martin Waugh (Video)

Oregon Art Beat

✭ Nurturing artists and anyone with an eye toward living an artful and faith-full life in community is the mission of the Nashville-based nonprofit Art House America, which also has a site in Dallas, Texas. The organization's blog, Art House America, features articles on creation care, music, books, truth and social justice, visual arts, craft, theatre, artful kids, hospitality, and food. 

Art House America on FaceBook and Twitter

Jenny Attiyeh produces and hosts an online "watering hole for ideas" called ThoughtCast®, which features her conversations with writers, academics, and intellectuals on a wide range of topics, from art, to economics, the environment, and immigration, to psychology, science, religion, and cosmology. In a new series, Attiyeh is devoting her time to discussion of a single play, poem, novel, or other specific piece of writing. She most recently has talked with Harvard University critic Helen Vendler on poet Emily Dickinson, interviewed author James Carroll about his book Jerusalem, Jerusalem, and discussed with Harvard's Shelley Carson the connection between creativity and mental illness. You'll find audio for all the programs online. (My thanks to The Library of America's Reader's Almanac for the link to ThoughtCast®.)


Louise Gallagher said...

I didn't want to stop by here this morning. I knew I'd become immersed -- and I still have so much work to do to make the press cut-off for the book!

I'm glad I did -- I'll just have to come back. I did watch the in the works video on Women and wisdom -- that was awesome.

And now, I must run -- thanks my friend for the inspiration dip! You've refreshed me.

Deborah said...

A cornucopia of rich and varied things here - thank you, Maureen (and for your encouraging words on my blog). Love the introduction to Martin Waugh's liquid sculpture. How does he do it?!

the sad red earth said...

Anomalous Press seems very promising. ThoughtCast, too, especially after reading the host/originator's career bio, reflects the amazing variety of new forms digital media continues to open up.

Anonymous said...

i looked at the colourful liquid sculptures :-) plink!

robkistner said...

Martin Waugh, and especially his brother Charles, are friends of mine here in Oregon...

Maureen said...

Rob, I had no idea, of course. Waugh's work is marvelous.