August 24, 2005

Tate Gallery : Personal Carousel Display This java powered feature cycles slowly through about 2000 art works in 9 thumb views. As you pick your favourites, new displays appear on a similar theme to your choice (eg. pop-art --> pop-art etc). [I suggest you read the 'more inside' first before playing]
  • After playing for 1/2 an hour and making a bunch of choices I found that 'my selection' wasn't saved because I wasn't logged in (mere formality from the looks of things). So you may well wish to join here first. You also need to disable pop-up blockers if you want to read further info about a particular painting. Note, you can pause the carousel at any time - top middle. Also, it will be worth your while to read 24-hour museum's review and note the help & about info below the 9-thumb carousel on the Tate page. (I'm just passing on things that kind of fluffed me about -- and I haven't actually joined yet so I can't assure the saving part works well/properly/beautifully etc) It is definitely nifty - not earth shattering - a novel way to tour great art works IMHO.
  • Excellent!
  • Interesting concept Me likes purty pitchers.
  • Nifty indeed!
  • The problem with art on the Internets is that everything becomes the same size. It does make a difference if something is 3 x 4 inches or 10 x 20 feet. Also texture and three-dimensionality are gone. And you miss the large, almost empty rooms. On preview: it's cheaper (although Tate modern is free, you still have to go to London) and your feet aren't going to hurt.
  • I very much agree mare. With both of your assertions. of the best things about the internet is that we all have a greater opportunity to be exposed to a wider selection of artistic works than would otherwise be within out purview at home. It might be likened to the argument articulated about downloading mp3s -- that the extra exposure ultimately draws more people to pay (or in the case of free art, to go to their city's museum/art gallery) more attention or learn more or actually develop an interest and perhaps even be inspired to find their own artistic selves.