Under “miscellaneous” we have included a number of websites that cannot be included in any of the other categories but that cover a broad range of interests and fields. For example, here you learn about a directory of artists of the last millennium, a graffiti related web site with photographs from all over the world, a university’s historical records describing various aspects of everyday life through the centuries, the sites of international organizations preserving and disseminating indigenous cultures, the sites of art events or art conferences and many more. Share your links and contribute to the creation of a wide and continuously expanded unique directory.
Like the title says, this is the web site of the Archives of New York City’s Municipality, containing more than 800,000 digitized items from the beginnings of the 20th century; among these items are photographs, maps, posters and audio-visual material. The photographs record various aspects of the city’s everyday life including public works, crime rates, political and athletic events, information about celebrities etc. Indicative of the public’s interest in this material is that in the first few weeks of its operation, access to the site was occasionally impossible due to high traffic.
The material contained in the site is arranged in various collections and an advanced search option is offered were visitors can set values for various fields like date, decade, architect’s name (if the search is about a building), location, subject, title of photograph, signatures (if the search is about an historical document) etc. Visitors interested in obtaining copies of photographs in various dimensions can order them by filling the respective form; whereas some presentations of the archive’s material are available here, here and here.
Calisphere is a web site of the University of California offering free access to the university’s archive. More specifically, the visitor has access to more than 200.000 digitized items including photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, caricatures, works of art, calendars, advertisements and various cultural artifacts, all parts of the state’s history.
The content is classified in four sections. The first one includes thematic categories like everyday life, environment, urban development, technology, advertising, political events etc. classified according to time periods. The second focuses on the various ethnic groups that have lived in the area for the last three centuries, the third features historical documents about the populations exchange between the US and Japan before World War II and the last contains historical maps depicting the progress of various infrastructures like the railroad network, the development of coastal navigation, the public transportation system etc.
Mural Conservancy is an organization that, as the name suggests, is focused on the preservation and recording of murals in the broader Los Angeles area; the difference between a mural and a graffiti is that a mural is usually done on commission, more often than not by some organization and that the artists get paid for their work. Also, since murals are usually painted on controller spaces, it’s easier to remain intact for longer periods of time; this is not the case with graffiti which, as we all know very often get re-done by the artists themselves or get covered by other graffiti.
In Mural Conservancy, the visitor can see an extensive archive of murals (over 500) with information about each; information such as the artist’s name, the spot in the city where it is (with the aid of Google Street View), its dimensions, when it was created and a brief description. An interesting service offered by the site is that the organization offers art tours to well known murals with the visitors been accompanied by artists and art historians who explain the particular characteristics of each work.
If you like graffiti you’ll love fatcap: this is a site that records and presents graffiti from various countries. For each category of works, it displays the most current, the best as evaluated by members of the site and those viewed most times. For each graffiti there is detailed information (such as the name of the artist, the date it was added to the site, the city and country where it is located, the type, etc) and by choosing an artist we can see more of their works included in the site.
The assortment of the works is amazing and it allows us to locate them by location (bridges, trains, indoors, on trucks, on rooftops etc.) or by style with categories such as comics, landscape, three-dimensional, abstract, etc. Furthermore, we can find video with interviews with artists (in French with English subtitles) and also read articles and news. This is an exceptional web site in terms of content and functionality and it’s almost certain that you will find something to impress you.
The commission of a work of art, based on a particular description to the artist is a quite widespread procedure: the client describes to the artist what they want them to reproduce and after the price is agreed upon, the artist goes on with the work (the reproduction can also be a photograph or some other artist’s work). Usually, such commissions are agreed through a gallery since most private clients don’t have access to some artist.
Every Art, tries to facilitate communication between the two parties, bypassing the middle man: the client can see a list of the artists associated with the web site and some characteristic samples of their work and when they select one, they fill a communication form describing the work they want to be done; if the artist is interested, they communicate directly with the client and things take their course. The artists featured on the site include a range of prices for the commissioned works and there is also a section with stories from clients who did commission various works as well as the various phases of each work’s progress.
dConstruct is an annual conference being held since 2005 in the first Friday of September. In the first years of its operation it was aimed at Internet professionals such as web developers and web designers; Over the years though, it evolved into an event that not only addresses web technology but also other areas such as design, society, and culture. In other words, the central theme of the event touches on more theoretical issues although a large proportion of the attendees still consists of web professionals (this is to be expected since in the specialized workshops the topics are exclusively technical)l.
At the web site we can find an archive with all the speeches of past years demonstrating the breadth of topics covered; topics such as entrepreneurship, culture, emotions, video games, Internet, etc. The speeches are available in mp3 format and are available for downloading –for each speech we can read information about the speaker and a summary of what is being said. Overall, this is an extraordinary event mainly addressing Internet culture and how technology affects society.
The painters’ directory to dwarf all other directories; this is one of those cases that the Internet can leave you completely speechless! And if you think we are exaggerating consider just one number: the site contains information for more than 230.000 artists; this means that if you spend two minutes for each artist’s profile, it will take you about a year to see all of its contents. Yes, it is this big.
For every artist, there is analytical information about the museums hosting their works, a small curriculum vitae, samples of their work, information about present and past exhibitions plus a summary of how their work is categorized, of the school it belongs to and of the materials used.
Furthermore, the site offers more content for subscribers; this is only to be expected if we take into account the cost of maintaining all this material. The subscribers’ packages vary depending on the service the user chooses and also on whether the user is an individual, an artist or a professional of the art world; for example, for $25 per month, an individual can get access to information like auction archives for every artist, a bigger profile, e-mail notifications for particular artists etc.
Artquotes, is a site with a very simple; as is obvious by its name, it contains quotations by famous artists. The visitor can either see the most famous quotes by various artists or find a particular artist and see what they might have said that has been etched in history. For every artist a small curriculum vitae and some characteristic works are also included.
In another section of the site, we can find an archive of interviews with various artists; this archive was active up until 2007. A “library” of this sort wouldn’t make much sense if it didn’t also offer a newsletter which is being sent thrice a week and contains two selected quotes –a pleasant note of differentiation for our mundane-laden inboxes.
Although it seems outdated and gives the impression it has been neglected, the content it provides is stunning. Artcyclopedia contains information about artists of the past; the list isn’t exhaustive since having a full list of every artist from the last 1000 years is practically unfeasible, but it is a very good starting point for anyone looking for information about bygone eras or for characteristic works from various art movements.
What is even more interesting is that for every artist there is information about where their works are exhibited (i.e. museums, galleries etc.) an archive with pictures of said works, sites with related content, web articles for the particular artist, links for e-shops where posters of the artist’s works can be bought and more. In a nutshell, if you don’t care much about the site’s design, we unreservedly recommend it.