ADM Student wins an iPad mini!

Kate Kitisuwanakul (right), ADM Animation Year 2 student receives the top prize, an Apple iPad mini 16GB for answering all questions correctly in the recently concluded, Wiley Search & Share Online Quiz.   Soma, Art Librarian (Media Arts), presents the prize.

Congratulations, Kate!

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Want to win prizes like Kate did? Look out here for future quizzes and contests! :)

New Books – April 2014 – Issue 2

Ugliness : the non-beautiful in art and theory
Pop, Andrei.
I. B. Tauris,2014.
BH301.U5U26
Magnificent marble statues : British sculpture in the Mansion House
Bryant, Julius.
Paul Holberton,c2013.
NB467.B915
21st century portraits
Nairne, Sandy, author.
National Portrait Gallery,2013.
N7575.T974
Art of Tess Jaray
Jaray, Tess, 1937-
Ridinghouse,2014.
N6797.J37A784
Modern fashion illustration
Lafuente, Maite.
maomao publications :[2009].
TT509.M689
Pattern magic
Nakamichi, Tomoko.
Laurence King Publishing,2010.
TT520.N163 2010
Design futuring : sustainability, ethics, and new practice
Fry, Tony.
Berg,2009.
NK1510.F947
The design student’s handbook : your essential guide to course, context and career
Bartholomew, Jane, editor of compilation.
Pearson,2013.
NK1510.D457ds
Contemporary Swedish photography
Malmborg, Estelle af, editor, author.
Art and Theory Publishing,[2012]
TR655.C761
Rajasthan : under the desert sky
Bedi, Rajesh.
Lustre Press :c2013.
DS485.R2B412

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Trial of Databases – Taiwan National Palace Museum Databases

NTU Libraries is currently conducting a trial of Taiwan National Palace Museum Collections Online and Taiwan National Palace Museum Periodicals Online databases.

We would like to invite you to help us decide whether we should subscribe to these databases.

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About the Database

Taiwan National Palace Museum Collections Online contains high-resolution and multi-dimensional images of treasures, paintings and calligraphies noted for their historic significance, artistry and popularity. Taiwan National Palace Museum Periodicals Online collects two journals:

  • National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art????????
  • National Palace Museum Research Quarterly????????

Both of them digitize all back issues from 1983 and provide full-text browsing and downloading.

Trial Access

http://ezlibproxy1.ntu.edu.sg/login?url=https://collections.npmonline.net http://ezlibproxy1.ntu.edu.sg/login?url=https://periodicals.npmonline.net

Feedback

http://survey.ntu.edu.sg/efm/se.ashx?s=705E3F1744256AC4 http://survey.ntu.edu.sg/efm/se.ashx?s=705E3F1744256A8D

Check out these databases and provide us with your feedback by using the online feedback forms via the links above before 7 May 2014.

Your feedback is important to us!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact our subject librarians.

Enjoy your exploring!

mahabharatham

Visual effects meet Indian epic, Mahabharat!

I’ve got to confess.

Since October last year, I’m following closely Mahabharat, an ongoing television Indian television series (Thanks to our cable network!). I even went to the extent of subscribing to the parent channel as the episodes in the regional channel were broadcasting episodes delayed for weeks, due to dubbing requirements!

Based on the ancient Sanskrit script of the same name, Mahabharat (or known as Mahabharatham in Tamil & Malayalam) is an larger than life television production about two warring factions of cousins – 100 demons in human form (Kauravas) against five sons of gods (Pandavas)– over the ancient dynasty of Kuru which lead to the great Kurukshetra war.

Check out the series’ title track video below featuring the central characters (I’ve been humming to this track, ever since the series began!).

Though the original epic spans over six generations and is religious in nature, the series’ storyline has been modified to suit audiences of all religions and backgrounds. This Sanskrit epic is even used in leadership, strategy & management modules in Indian business schools.

Produced by Swastik Productions, this series has been garnering top viewership ratings in India and raves for its production value especially for its use of visual effects.  Besides its grandeur sets, detailed costumes and good-looking actors/actresses, the visual effects are beyond words for a television series. Using mainly green screen technology, the producers have made great attempts to show realistic & majestic palaces, war scenes, act of Gods, landscapes and other stunts.

Though we have watched mainly epic or fantasy movies from Hollywood, this is certainly a major attempt for an epic from India. As of writing, the great was is imminent and I look forward to check out the visual effects for certain events during the war!

Do check out the short “making of” video below, (it’s in Hindi though, but check out the visuals!)

If you are interested in the tale of Mahabharata, you can check related books in our libraries here or you can watch the 1989 almost six-hour film of the same name directed by Peter Brooks: Part 1 & Part 2.

Or you can drop me an email and we could chat about the visual effects in the series over a cup of coffee. J

Feature image source: STAR Vijay Television

New Books – April 2014 – Issue 1

Graphic Artists Guild handbook : pricing & ethical guidelines
Graphic Artists Guild (U.S.)
Graphic Artists Guild,c2013.
NC1001.6.G766 2013
Industrial sublime : modernism and the transformation of New York’s rivers, 1900-1940
Manthorne, Katherine. Introduction: a woman’s perspective on the industrial sublime.
Empire State Editions ;[2013]
N8218.I42
Ceramics of seduction : glazed wares from Southeast Asia
Rooney, Dawn, author.
River Books,2013.
NK4154.R777
Doing democracy : activist art and cultural politics
Love, Nancy Sue, 1954- editor of compilation.
State University of New York Press,[2013]
NX650.P6D657
The art of the photograph : Essential habits for stronger compositions
Wolfe, Art, author, photographer.
Amphoto Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,[2013]
TR179.W855
Dayanita Singh : Go away closer
Dayanita Singh.
Hayward Publishing2013.
TR650.D275w 2013
Capture the magic : train your eye, improve your photographic composition
Dykinga, Jack W., author.
Rocky Nook Inc.,2014.
TR179.D996
Photographic theory : an historical anthology
Hershberger, Andrew E. (Andrew Edward), 1969- editor of compilation.
Wiley-Blackwellc2014.
TR183.P575pth
1000 ideas for creative reuse : remake, restyle, recycle, renew
Johnson, Garth.
Quarry Books,c2009.
TT157.J67
Delicious branding : restaurants, dessert shops, cafes
Lin, Shijian.
Sendpoints,[2013]
NK2195.R4D353

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Research lecture series: Two guests speak about art and design in India

We were lucky enough to have not one, but two talks about art and design in India as part of the ADM Research Lecture Series. On 26th March, Kishorilal Munshi, a design practitioner as well as lecturer, shared his experience with and insights on the Indian design scene. On 2nd April, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, a film critic and scholar, introduced the audience to independent film and documentary in India.

Indian Design Scene & Historical Review: From Aesthetic Design to Social Design by Kishorilal Munshi

KishorilalKishorilal Munshi presenting “Indian Design Scene & Historical Review: From Aesthetic Design to Social Design.” The following books were displayed at the talk and provide information about the history of art and design in India.

Art and visual culture in India, 1857-2007
Sinha, Gayatri.
Marg Publications ;2009.
N7304.A784
Art of modern India
Khanna, Balraj.
Thames and Hudson,c1998.
N7304.K45
5000 years of Indian art
Bahl, Sushma.
Lustre Press :c2012.
N7301.B151
Western artists and India : creative inspirations in art and design
Jhaveri, Shanay.
Thames & Hudson,2013.
N7429.W527
New India designscape
Romano, Simona.
Maurizio Corraini,[2012]
NK1476.N532
Diversity in design : perspectives from the non-Western world
Jānī, Vibhāvarī.
Fairchild Books,2011.
NK1510.J61

 

Indian’s Independent Documentary and Video- A Tour by Ashish Rajadhyaksha

AshishAshish Rajadhyaksha leading the discussion following his presentation titled, “Indian’s Independent Documentary and Video- A Tour”. The list of books below were displayed at the talk and include titles written or edited by Mr. Rajadhyaksha as well as essential titles on film in India.

Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema
Rajadhyaksha, Ashish.
British Film Institute ;1994.
PN1993.5.I8R161
Indian cinema in the time of celluloid : from Bollywood to the emergency
Rajadhyaksha, Ashish.
Indiana University Press,c2009.
PN1993.5.I8R161N
India : auteur films, independent documentaries and video art (1899-2008)
Guardiola, Juan.
La Casa Encendida,[2009]
PN1993.5.I8I39A
Amar Kanwar : Evidence
Kanwar, Amar, 1964-
Fotomuseum Winterthur ;2012.
N6639.M364A485
Raqs Media Collective : seepage
Raqs Media Collective (Organization)
Sternberg Press,c2010.
N7452.R221
The documentary makers : interviews with 15 of the best in the business
Goldsmith, David A.
RotoVision,2003.
PN1995.9.D6G624

 

There are several exciting talks lined up in April as part of the Research Lecture Series by speakers including Meridel Rubenstein, Randall Packer, Kristy Kang, Juan Gonzales, Benjamin Seide, and Biju Dhanapalan. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stop-Motion Animation

Stop-motion animation is one of the most demanding art forms in the world. It requires a variety of skills, such as design, sculpting, metal work, mold making and casting, filmmaking, storytelling and acting.

Image source: The Guardian

Image source: The Guardian

Explore this unusual art form that physically manipulates objects to move on its own & uses individually photographed frames, with these books!

You can place a hold on any of these books while they are on display from 1 April to 30 April 2014!

Intertextuality

Envision / Realisation / Exploration

From watches to glasses, clothing and even sensor-embedded devices, wearable technology has been a hot topic recently. There has been relevant events organised by NTU and affiliations to discuss and explore the possibilities of this new area, which include:

Wearable technology is a stimulating new field at the intersection of design, fashion, science and technology. Here is a series of exhibitions to explore this.

Text-iles & Intertextuality is a series of exhibitions exploring ideas and possibilities around textiles, fabrics and clothing. Jointly presented by NTU Libraries and School of Art, Design & Media (ADM), this series features 48 works from Assistant Professor Galina Mihaleva and her students from the Surface Design (DR2007) and Technology, Art & Fashion (DA9004) classes.

The exhibitions will be held concurrently at ADM Library, Business Library and Lee Wee Nam Library from now till 11 April 2014. You may find more details of the exhibition series here.

For resources relevant to the exhibitions, you may view the following resource guides:

New Books – March 2014 – Issue 5

A life in books : the rise and fall of Bleu Mobley : an illuminated novel
Lehrer, Warren, author. illustrator.
Goff Books,[2013]
N7433.4.L4L722
City As Canvas : New York City Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection
McCormick, Carlo.
Rizzoli International (us),2013.
ND235.N45M131
The Sochi project : an atlas of war and tourism in the Caucasus
Hornstra, Rob.
Aperture Foundation,2013.
DK651.S66H816
Ink art : past as present in contemporary China
Wu Hung, 1945- Transcending the East/West dichotomy.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,2013.
N7345.I56
Creative 52 : weekly projects to invigorate your photography portfolio
Adler, Lindsay, author.
Peachpit Press,[2014]
TR267.A237
The photographer’s eye : a graphic guide : instantly understand composition & design for better digital photos
Freeman, Michael, 1945-, author.
Focal Press, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group,2013.
TR179.F855
The color revolution
Blaszczyk, Regina Lee.
MIT Press in association with the Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institution,c2012.
TS171.4.B644
Inspiration in photography : train your mind to make great art a habit / Brooke Shaden
Shaden, Brooke.
Focal,2013
TR650.S524
Fashion design, referenced : a visual guide to the history, language & practice of fashion
Kennedy, Alicia, author.
Rockport Publishers,[2013]
TT515.K35
The graphic designer’s guide to portfolio design
Myers, Debbie Rose.
Wiley,[2014]
NC1001.M996 2014

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