Women Magicians Australia, Tokugawa Japan, Contemporary Art Diversity, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 14, 2021


I read the announcement about this digital exhibit at a scraper site and spent ten frustrating minutes trying to track down the original. No luck, so I’ll take you straight to Arts Centre Melbourne and tell you to check out Rare flowers and golden butterflies. “Tucked away in the archives of the Australian Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre Melbourne are the stories of three women – Esme Levante, Myrtle Roberts and Moi-Yo Miller – who all contributed to the development of magic performance at a time when the art form was predominately seen as a male affair. Each with their own story to tell, they deserve their time in the spotlight.”

University of Manchester: New online exhibition featuring Japanese collections launches. “Travels in Tokugawa Japan is the latest exhibition on Manchester Digital Exhibitions. The exhibition allows viewers to take a virtual journey through Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) using maps and travel guides from the Japanese maps collection.”

New-to-me, from Philadelphia Inquirer: Brandywine Workshop seeks to extend its reach online and settle in for its 50th anniversary in 2022. “As the Brandywine Workshop and Archives looks toward its 50th anniversary next year, founder and driving force Allan Edmunds is seeking to ensure that this unique Philadelphia institution maintains financial and artistic stability. On Wednesday, he announced that BWA, as it is known, has received a two-year $500,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to continue development of a huge free database of art and artists from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI Launches Expert Database . “Marketing Communications is launching the Expert Database, an online tool designed to help the media and others tap into the remarkable expertise available here at WPI.”


USA Today: Black genealogists’ surprising findings using Ancestry’s digitized U.S. Freedmen’s records. “In August, Ancestry released what it says is the most extensive and searchable Freedmen’s Bureau records by making available more than 3.5 million documents from the National Archives and Records Administration. Some records date back to 1846. And more than a month since the release, researchers like [Regina] Vaughn are discovering things on Ancestry they say would’ve taken them years, or things they would have never found. The site includes details such as labor contracts, bank records, marriage licenses, schools, and food and clothing for emancipated Black Americans.”

Reuters: Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms. “Facebook Inc will now count activists and journalists as ‘involuntary’ public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week.”


The Star (Malaysia): Malaysian gallery preserves art collection for 1,000 years in an Arctic vault. “It might be hard to imagine what the world will be like in a thousand years, but here’s something we do know now: a number of artworks from the private collection of Artemis Art’s co-founders S. Jamal Al-Idrus and U.C. Loh will be safe and sound in a repository in Svalbard, Norway. Artemis Art has signed up to be a part of the Arctic World Archive (AWA), a safe repository for world memory and collections.”

Mashable: TikTok’s nostalgia-fueled obsession with the early 2000s. “For an app primarily used by by young people, TikTok is oddly obsessed with nostalgia. Whether its obsession with childhood memories or Y2K fashion, the app is overrun with yearning for the past.” I am too old to be entirely comfortable with that excerpt.

University of Texas at Austin: Choreographer Deborah Hay’s Archive Goes to the Harry Ransom Center. “Award-winning choreographer Deborah Hay has established her archive at the Harry Ransom Center, a major destination for the study of dance and performance at The University of Texas at Austin. A founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, Hay is recognized as a pivotal figure in the development of post-modern dance.”


TechRepublic: Dark Web: Many cybercrime services sell for less than $500. “Cybercrime can be a lucrative business for those who specialize in ransomware, phishing campaigns, and other types of attacks. The profit margins are especially healthy because cybercrime products and services often sell at bargain prices on the Dark Web. A new report from VPN provider Atlas VPN looks at the going rates for everything from spearphishing attacks to ransomware kits to stolen account credentials.”


NiemanLab: Media consolidation and algorithms make Facebook a bad place for sharing local news, study finds . “The combination of local news outlets being bought out by bigger media conglomerates and the ever-present influence of social media in helping spread news seems to have created a new phenomenon, according to a new study: Issues of importance to local audiences are being drowned out in favor of harder-hitting news pieces with national relevance.”

CNET: ‘Lost’ Picasso nude re-created, with help from AI. “Before he became famous, Pablo Picasso didn’t always have money for art materials, so, like other struggling artists, he’d paint over existing canvases to create new works, thus concealing the earlier images. One such painting, cloaked under another for more than a century, has gotten new life, thanks to AI.” Good morning, Internet…

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