Posts Tagged ‘mobile devices and apps’

Resource highlight: MAN Podcast

February 20, 2014

MAN podcast

MAN (Modern Art Notes) podcasts is a weekly podcast featuring artists, curators, art historians and authors produced and hosted by Tyler Green and Modern Art Notes Media. Every week they spotlight a new topic presented by an art historian, curator, artist, or author. This week’s podcast tells the story of how the Detroit Institute of Art’s curator Salvador Salort-Pons spotted The Infant St. John the Baptist by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, and how he and a team at the DIA helped bring it back to life. The story will be told with the assistance of Salort-Pons, art historian Jonathan Brown, Meadow Brook curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski, DIA conservator Alfred Ackerman and Oakland sophomore Holly Lustig.

Listen to or download MAN Podcast on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:  iTunesSoundCloudStitcher, or via RSS.

Alber’s Interaction of Color as an app

August 6, 2013

In 1963, Josef Albers, a painter and instructor at the Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus, published1673122-inline-750-albers a classic text on design and art education called Interaction of Color. For Albers, Interaction of Color was more than a text — it was a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors and students. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Yale University Press has released an app for the iPad that visualizes Alber’s book as an interactive teaching tool along the lines of what Albers originally intended.

For more on the app, go here. The app is available for $9.99 at App Store.

New (and free!) apps worth exploring

March 15, 2012

Early this month, the Smithsonian Channel released a free app that allows viewers to explore their extensive video collection. Users can watch short clips to long documentaries on topics ranging from conservation work at the Smithsonian to dinosaurs. The app includes a feature called Story Space where viewers can find subjects that interest them and then create their own channels based on these topics. Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

Another interesting app is Art Swipe. This app was developed by LACMA and released in connection with their exhibition “In Wonderland.” The free app for iPad and iPhones allows users to mash-up details from the exhibition to create a digital composite or collage inspired by the works viewed at LACMA. Artist Jody Zellen designed the app with the surrealist game “exquisite corpse” in mind. To read more about Art Swipe and what inspired Zellen, go to LACMA’s blog UNFRAMED.

Mixel is a social art-making tool and “game-changing” app according to Hrag Vartanian of the Hyperallergic blog. Hrag loved its attractive packaging, its simplicity and how social it was. On the other hand, he was concerned about the potential privacy and copyright issues. Click the here to read his complete review.

AS IT IS AGAIN, by Artist JoAnn Verburg, is perhaps the first artist’s book designed to be experienced on an iPad. Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later.

Still in beta, Clibe is an app that allows iPad users to create digital journals in the cloud. Journals can easily be published from the iPad and added to the Clibe library. The Clibe library can be browsed and subscribers can post their additions and request feedback and comments from other subscribers.

Photos vulnerable on Apple mobile devices

March 6, 2012

The New York Times recently reported that applications developed by Apple for their mobile devices can access and copy user photo libraries. This bit of information was revealed shortly after it was reported that some apps were able to take user address books without their knowledge. Apps that utilize location data appear to also allow access to user photos. According to the NYT, it is uncertain if the Apple apps are illicitly copying user photos. To read the full story, go here.

Google Goggles app

July 12, 2011

Google has created an app called Google Goggles that lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It is designed to enable searching for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. Typing or speaking your query is not necessary – open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results. Google Goggles works well with certain types of images (books, landmarks, logos, artwork, text) and not so well with others (animals, plants, furniture for example). This free app is currently available for Android devices running Android 1.2 or higher and iPhone 3GS and iPhone4 devices.

The Getty Museum is encouraging its visitors to use Google Goggles and has created a special app for their collection. To read more about the Getty’s use of Google Goggles, go here.

Digital doodling devices

July 5, 2011

If you long for the days of pen and paper, don’t give up — consider turning your touch screen tablet, phone or computer into a virtual pen and paper. John Biggs, writing for the New York Times “Personal Tech” page, reviewed several new devices now on the market that enable users to draw or write directly onto a screen using digital pens.  A few examples:’s Pogo Sketch, Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus,  N-trig’s DuoSense (pictured above) and Livescribe Echo. Among the apps to consider: PhatPad and Adobe Eazel. To read the complete review, go here.

iPhone war photos: photojournalism or photography?

February 16, 2011

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter’s ‘A Grunt’s Life‘, a photo essay capturing the daily life of US troops in an Afghanistan war zone with the use of the photographer’s iPhone, has won recent praise and an international photojournalism award. It has also stirred up some surprising controversy. The flap is not over the content — standard
photojournalism — or Winter’s use of an iPhone — also not unusual for photojournalists.  Rather, journalists and photojournalists are questioning whether Winter’s ‘fauxlaroids’ are telling the ‘truth. Winter relied on the iPhone app Hipstamatic which applies visual filters resulting in color-shifting and some distortion to create a moody atmosphere. For more on this debate about authenticity and photojournalism, go here, here and here.