The urban-minded Where blog ended its run in August, but contributors Katia Savchuk and Peter Sigrist have continued the global discussion of cities at Polis, with the help of 10 other correspondents.
Montreal artist Jon Rafman contributes to Art Fag City’s IMG MGMT essay series with “The Nine Eyes of Google,” a meditation on the company’s “endless quest to photograph every highway and byway in the free world.” What does Rafman learn from his yearlong dive into Street View images? “The collections … both celebrate and critique the current world,” but it is up to us to “make sense of Google’s record of our experience, for good or for ill.”
Launched by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in April—and now featuring content from 18 partner institutions—ArtBabble showcases hi-res video art, video interviews with artists, video documentaries about art … in other words, it’s all about crystal-clear moving images of art. Because life is too short to have to experience beauty through shoddy YouTube fare.
“I have been passionate about commercial architecture and roadside-related things all my life,” writes Debra Jane Seltzer in the description of her photo-rich website Roadside Architecture. “Passionate” may be too mild a word: In nearly 30,000 images gathered over many years, Seltzer has documented the American built environment in all its glorious forms, from the highbrow (Art Deco edifices), to the everyday (diners, motels, mini-golf courses), to the simply curious (giant statuary of people and animals; buildings shaped like bottles, fruit, and other nontraditional forms).
The blog for a site billing itself as the “ultimate source for getting an online graduate degree” petered out after only a few months earlier this year, but it did generate one worthwhile post: 100 Flickr collections for architecture buffs.