Since the inception of Facebook’s photo viewer, an influential tool that’s become the go-to for documentation of everything from social events to product launches, users have been stuck at a pretty lousy 72 DPI and 720 pixels. Those digits mean an image size that’s low enough to make even high quality pictures look bad, adding grain and distorted colors. The limitations were even annoying enough for artist Jonald James to start a Facebook group in protest, Artists Against Facebook’s Image Compression Process. Yet though difficulties remain, new Facebook updates point to a way forward for art and artists online. The message of James’ group is that Facebook isn’t just for presenting shitty party pics, but also presents a tool that artists depend on for marketing and sales. “Let’s face it,” their About statement reads, “Facebook’s photo management really sucks.”
Ok, this is it. You officially have six days left to apply to be a Hyperallergic Fall 2010 intern. Thursday, September 16 at 5pm EST is your last chance!
From Carlos Miller’s excellent Photography Is Not a Crime blog we discover that the Transportation Security Administration has slapped its name on a poster that depicts a photographer in a threatening light. What is the TSA trying to say? I called to find out.
The Russians are creating art funds … Reuters’s Felix Salmon thinks it’s a bad idea and says the art market is broken … Marion Maneker disagrees about the art market part.
If being a painter wasn’t hard enough nowadays, the Irish Times is reporting that research published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that painters have a 30% higher chance of developing cancer of the bladder,
Leon Neyfakh is best known as a reporter for the New York Observer, and his beat is everything from Brooklyn’s indie music scene to uptown art world intrigue. What many people may not know is that he’s much bigger online … ok, not much bigger but definitely cooler than an Observer byline would suggest. For those who live in Tumblr-land, Neyfrakh’s tumblelog Leon Crawl is full of quips, interesting links, and observations about what he’s reading/listening to/watching. And if you know that, then you probably know that he’s also the host of a great new literary series, Refresh, which welcomes the internet famous to spill their guts about whatever netizens vomit out of their mouths or via their fingers.
This Friday is the last day for artists to submit their sounds to the DJ Battle record you’ve all been waiting for: The Sound of Art. This record, which is being produced by Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City, compiles and organizes art sounds by gallery location — Manhattan (side A) and Brooklyn (side B) — for one giant DJ face off this November!
This fall is a great time to be in New York. The always interesting Teri Tynes over at Walking Off the Big Apple has compiled a select (but extensive) list of New York museum shows this fall. There’s a lot to see and do and here are some we’re really looking forward to …
Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is a weekend long celebration from October 1 -3, where artists open their studios in an effort to build, sustain, and support a thriving creative community. But to make it happen the right way, GOS needs a little bit of money. So, join GOS and its supporters on Saturday, August 28 (3pm) for a titillating water balloon infused game of Dodgeball.
A few paragraphs in the New Yorker story about the Tea Party-funding Koch brothers should scare the hell out of you and make you wonder if the Smithsonian has gone to far.
Last March, Seton Hill University announced it was giving its full-time undergrads and faculty iPads. Now they are going a step further for art history students and they want to outfit the tablets with Art Authority, an app that allows them to access 40,000+ historic paintings and sculptures.
From Artforum: “In press notes, the exhibition is loosely termed a retrospective, but the majority of the works on display are new paintings, many making their world debut — and potentially final stop, if rumors are to be believed — in Kiev.”