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Friday, July 04, 2003
The gallery hunters are out in force at metafilter. Plep doles up a series of intricate links to official archives (e.g. John H.White’s photos of Black Chicago). Misteraitch, otherwise known for his Giornale Nuovo, counters with this post on the imagery of the The Dance of Death. There’ll come a time, in the not too distant future, when everything is on line – all aspects of visual culture, all museum collections, each and every gallery scanned and catalogued. It makes sense. Why, for example, don’t galleries provide total, linkable guides to every new exhibition? Do they think that it'll discourage people from attending the 'real thing'?

A case in point. The Virtual Museum of Canada is chock-full of images, including more on the Group of Seven (of which we learn: ''Canadian art authorities did not believe that our rough landscape was fit subject matter for art. "It's bad enough to live in this country," an old lady once told A.Y. Jackson, "without having pictures of it in your home." This, and the attitude that pine trees were unpaintable, slowly began to change.') and lots and lots of trains. Every country should have a museum like this.

Another example. Church Plans Online is a new database of about 12,500 historic church plans (created by the Lambeth Palace Library and Newcastle University). You have to break out of their frame layout to link to it (e.g. perspectives), but it's a useful resource at a time when so many churches are threatened with senseless alterations and/or neglect and demolition. More conservation matters at Recent Past.org.

Elsewhere. Retro futurism, always poignant: miracles you’ll see in the next 50 years / Zabriskie Point is a new photolog - 'a place for images that have fallen out of my camera recently'. There's some beautiful imagery here - recommended. Zabriskie Point remains one of the most evocative place names. We passed through the area once, many years ago, but it was too damn hot to stop (more pictures). And of course, there's the much discussed Antonioni film of the same name / early Penguin books / Failure Magazine, 'the online publication full of humankind's boldest missteps' / ancient medical imagery, via iconomy / Victorian swimsuits (contrast with the National Geographic's semi-notorious 'Swimsuit Issue'.

Tourgueniev is a chaotic French site (that doesn't seem to mind where its images come from...) / the Skinny Puppy sample source, discover where everyone's favourite Canadian electro band unearthed the myriad snatches of dialogue that seeps from its works. I was once half-watching a film (Communion - a highly effective (for this suggestive mind) take on the alien abduction myth) when a piece of dialogue familiar from floated up and scared me out of my wits.

Looking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago / The Pattinson Daguerreotypes, 'the first photographs ever taken of Niagara Falls' - remarkably abstract. See also Newcastle University Library's Treasure of the Month page / From the sublime to the ridiculous. Compare and contract: the Lawrence Durrell archive with the Shirley Jackson Book Cover Project / a history of the c-word (via caterina).

Garden of Eden on Wheels, 'Selected Collections from Los Angeles Area Mobile Home and Trailer Parks at the Museum of Jurassic Technology (read more about the MJT in things 15). This essay sounds so fascinating, you just want to read more:

In 1933 Mary Elliott Wing, a seamstress living in Roanoke Virginia, conceived of and constructed the first truly modern mobile home. Inspired both by the dimensions of the Biblical ark as well as Scriptural accounts of the Noachian deluge and promises of subsequent apocalyptic eras, Mary Wing devised a mobile dwelling capable of quickly adapting to a world of rapid changing environmental and social conditions.

Betacorpo.net, a weblog / discover the Nazi invasion plans of Devon / FARNE aims to 'Northumbrian folk music to people’s homes across the world'. The only folk music we know anything about is the Lincolnshire Poacher, a tune somehow appropriated by the mysterious numbers stations, but FARNE's find of the day section will be of interest to musically-minded browsers.