30 October, 2007


On the occasion of the celebration of "Netherlands - Australia 1606 - 2006" the KB presents here the complete digital facsimiles of five early Dutch books on the exploration of Australia.

Pelsaert, Batavia, 1629

Ongeluckige voyagie, van't schip Batavia, nae de Oost-Indien [...]. Vytgevaren onder den E. Francoys Pelsert. Amsterdam: J. Jansz., 1647.
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This CD-rom presents facsimiles from five early Dutch books on the exploration of Australia. Each of the texts represents a different way of editing and publishing travel stories. In the Dutch Republic of the 17th century there was a great interest in the travelogues of the ships that had made the long voyage to the East Indies and even further. Merchants were constantly looking for profitable investments. Scholars were fascinated by the descriptions of strange animals and peoples. Cartographers were eagerly waiting for more details on far away shores and islands. And the general public was fond of the sensational stories about shipwrecks, mutinies and the like. As literacy was wide-spread, there was a large audience and many itineraries, land descriptions, atlases and the like were printed and reprinted over and over.

The descriptions of the five books presented here were taken from the Short-Title Catalogue, Netherlands.

Ongeluckige voyagie, van't schip Batavia nae de Oost-Indien [...]. Vytgevaren onder den E. Francoys Pelsert. Amsterdam: J. Jansz., 1647.
A typical example of a cheap publication for a wide audience. The catastrophe on the Houtman Abrolhos, where the voyage of the proud Batavia ended in shipwreck, mutiny and slaughter, has been reprinted many times. This is the rare first edition, published by the renowned bookseller Johannes Janssonius. Six pages of engraved illustrations add to the dramatic story.
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History of the Batavia

On October 28 1628 the VOC East Indiamen ship Batavia sailed from Texel, in the North of the Netherlands, on her maiden journey to Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). Seven other ships of various sizes accompanied her.

In the early hours of 4 June 1629 the Dutch East India Company ship Batavia, with 316 people on board, was wrecked on Morning Reef in the Wallabi Group of the Abrolhos Islands just 60 km off the coast of Geraldton, Western Australia.

What followed was the most horrific mutiny in the annals of maritime history with the systematic torture, rape and murder of 125 shipwreck survivors at the hand of a religious fanatic - one of the ship's senior officers - and his followers.


The reconstructed section of the VOC (United Dutch East India Company) ship Batavia is on display in the Batavia Gallery at the Shipwreck Galleries, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle.


28 October, 2007

Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
Saturday, October 06, 2007 - Sunday, January 06, 2008

A self-taught artist, Joseph Cornell relied almost exclusively on found materials. He collected items from books, newspapers, second-hand stores, exploratory walks — even sweepings from his studio floor — to create intricate, elaborate box constructions and collages. These enchanting works of art transformed commonplace objects into extraordinary and magical dreamscapes, earning him immediate and enduring respect as a sort of artistic alchemist.

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination brings together nearly 200 works dating from the 1930s until the artist's death in 1972, offering the first comprehensive retrospective of his work in a quarter century at its only West Coast venue.


Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, developed by the Peabody Essex Museum, is available from any computer with Internet access. This dynamic program presents an overview of the themes highlighted in the current exhibition, a close look at key works of art, and excerpts from Cornell's private journals.

virtual museums

What is a virtual museum? A virtual museum can be defined as an interactive virtual space that provides information and exhibits cultural objects in digital format. Virtual museums vary in their degree of virtuality, depending on the type of cultural objects they exhibit. While many virtual museums show digital copies of real works of art (that is, reproductions of artworks that exist in the physical world), some virtual museums display artworks that are created in cyberspace and have no physical embodiment (e.g., net art, digital photography).

Due to its low cost and simple organization, the virtual museum has been in many cases a means of creating museums that cannot exist in the physical world. While some virtual museums constitute reproductions of existing museums (e.g., the web sites of

the Museé Louvre in Paris,

the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and

the Museo del Prado in Madrid),

many virtual museums exist exclusively in cyberspace and have no physical counterpart in the real world (e.g.,

Museo Virtual de Artes El País (MUVA) of Uruguay,

the Web Museum of Paris, and

the Museo Virtual del Surrealismo).

These virtual museums have made possible the collection of artworks that belong to numerous galleries and museums around the world. For instance, there are virtual museums that exhibit national collections that would be impossible to display in a real museum or gallery due to legal and economic factors. (For example, the Museo Imaginado of Spain displays digital copies of Spanish paintings that belong to collections outside of Spain.)


Crossings: Electronic Journal of Art and Technology

the Crossings editorial team is pleased to announce a new issue of the journal:


The papers in this issue cover a range of different topics but coalesce around the role of vision and other senses in the creation of meaning. As usual, there is
a good combination of practical and theoretical papers. We hope you will find it enjoyable reading.

Best regards,
Dr. Mads Haahr
Editor-in-Chief, Crossings: Electronic Journal of Art and Technology

Editors' Introduction

Seeing What You Mean
Elizabeth Drew and Mads Haahr


Reappraising the Disappearing Body and the Disembodied Eye through Multisensory Art
Maria Coleman

Creating Synthetic Identities in I'Myth: Zapping Zone
Diana Domingues and Eliseo Reategui

Narcissus's New Mirror: Body Images and Meaning
Henrik Enquist

Art Museums and the Internet: The Emergence of the Virtual Museum
María-José Moreno

The Etruscan Room: Using Images to Pose Internet Queries
Carlo E. Bernardelli and Steven L. Tanimoto


Telepresence and Bio Art – Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots
by Eduardo Kac
Review by Matthew Causey

26 October, 2007

Bellebyrd feature artists

This is a selection of some of the artists that have been featured on Bellebyrd in the period June 2005 to Nov 2007

Michael Agzarian
seyed alevi
James Angus
Brook Andrew
Richard Anuszkiewicz
nikos alexiou
Tony Ameneiro
Raymond Arnold
art & language
John Armleder

Robyn Backen
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon's studio
baldessin - sydney
Thomas Bayrle
glen baxter
Max Beckmann
Paddy Bedford
Joshua Bernstein - Israel
charles blackman
william blake archive
Vivienne Binns - Tasmania
louise bourgeois
boyd's brides
Breitner's photography
Jim Brodie - brisbane
blek le rat

john cage
cressida campbell
Jon Campbell
Marrianne Collinson Campbell
Peter Callesen
Susanna Castleden
Angela Cavalieri - Melbourne
Cezanne's studio
Paul Chan
Helen Clarke
Chuck Close
jake and dinos chapman - Tate Liverpool
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
christo - running fence
John Coburn
Kevin Connor at AGNSW
Tracy Cornish - Adelaide
Deborah Cornell
Marco Corsini - New work
marco corsini
Nic Coviello
Renee Cox
Grace Crowley: being modern
John Currin
Grace Cossington Smith
Camille Claudel
The Dinner Party

destiny deacon
Amalia Del Ponte
John Dermer
Erik Desmazières
otto dix at nga
Shay Docking
Kim Donaldson - Melbourne
duchamp & hamilton
brian dunlop
Marlene Dumas
dupain's opera house
lesley duxbury
Mikala DWYER

Luke Elwes
Neil Emmerson
Tracy Emin
Tracey Emin - Venice Biennale
Nick Ervinck
M.C. Escher
Escher's Delft
Tim Storrier and Valie Export

lawrence finn
ian fairweather
Rosemarie Fiore
Jérôme Fortin
helen frankenthaler
ian friend

Rosalie Gascoigne
Gauguin's Vision
Isa Genzken
Alberto Giacometti
Giacometti - sydney
Gilbert and George
Gilbert & George 2
Andy Goldsworthy
andy goldsworthy2
Andy Goldsworthy -videos
Richard Goodwin
ulie gough
franck gohier
oswaldo goeldi - brazil
goya's caprichos
Lara Greene
Janina Green
The Guerrilla Girls at MoMA

Terry Haggerty
happy famous artists
happy famous artists
Maggie Hadleigh-West
Jacoba van Heemskerk
nathan henderson
damien hirst
waving to hokusai
Robert Hughes
Alexis Hunter - NZ
Frank Hurley

Sanja Ivekovic
Fujiko Isomura

Janis Joplin
Julianna Joos

Kahlo & De Kooning at the kunsthal Rotterdam
Germain Greer and Tracy Emin on Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo photographed by Nick Murray
Nicola Kaye - PICA
William Kentridge
Mikael Kihlman
Anselm Kiefer
Alicia King - Melbourne
Hamad Khalaf - Darwin
anita klein
Damon Kowarsky - melbourne
Derek Kreckler - Adelaide
Kruger & Holzer get political
Martin Kippenberger
Kippenberger at the tate
kentridge interview
Barry Kite
Frans Krajcberg

olavi lanu
Toulouse Lautrec
Chrystel Lebas
Jenny LeBlanc

Sol LeWitt goes native
Sol Lewitt & Emily Kngwarreye
lichtenstein & arkley
Russell Lilford - Darwin
Anthony Lister - sydney
Nicola Lopez

Colin McCahon - Auckland
wendy mcgrath
marion maguire
bea maddock
Daniel Mafe - Brisbane
Rene Magritte
Michel Majerus
Djambawa Marawili
Banduk Marika
Dani Marti
Jonas Mekas - Sydney
Gustav Metzger
Bernie Meyers - sydney
Jessurun de Mesquita
Milan Milojevic - Tasmania
Jack Milroy
Tracey Moffatt @ Roslyn Oxley9
Sarah Morris
pigott & morandi
Gillis Mostaert - Belgium

Dorothy Napangardi
Dorothy Napangardi at Crown Point Press
Ernesto Neto - Malmo
tom nicholson
john nixon at CACSA
Dennis Nona - Darwin
Rose Nolan
nolan's kelly
Emil Nolde

Olley & Friend
Gabriel Orozco wins blueOrange
more orozco
rory obrien - sydney

Melinda Pap
mike parr prints - MCA
Judy Parrott - Brisbane
Elizabeth Peyton
Edith Piaf
pisarro at AGNSW
john peart
jackson pollock
John Powers
Margaret Preston Exhibition
mad maggie

rainer & parr
Artists in print - Rauschenberg
Rembrandt's drawings - Belgium
rembrandt - caravaggio
Bridget Riley
Robin Rhode
James Rosenquist - canberra
Mark Rothko
rothko and rover thomas
Mark Rowden
julie rraps pearl beach
Jacob van Ruisdael
John Russell & Van Gogh

melinda schawel
Cassandra Schultz - Alice Springs
Josephine Severn
Josephine Severn
Richard Serra
Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp
ARAI Shin-ichi
Lorna Simpson
kiki smith
Kiki Smith at Crown Point Press
joan snyder
Jesus Rafael Soto
Pierre Soulages
Léon Spilliaert - brussels
Sean Star Wars
stellarc - the body
kylie stillman
swoon on blakkbyrd
Swoon - Interview

Johannes Teyler & Johannes van Call
Eric Thake
Imants Tillers
tillers at the nga
Anita Tjermsland - Norway
Justin Trendall
Richard Tuttle

Alan Uglow - Belgium

Van Gogh Draftsman
Félix Vallotton
Theo van Rysselberghe - the hague
emmanuelle villard
Bill Viola - Video
Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

Kelley Walker
Andy Warhol
Warhol - Complete Picture
Theodore Watson - Amsterdam
amanda watson-will
Gillian Wearing - ACCA Melb
Louise Weaver
Guan Wei | artv
Guan Wei - Powerhouse Museum
Whistler's Amsterdam
Fred williams
Gosia Wlodarczak - Melbourne
Gosia Wlodarczak
wooloo - Seoul
Andreas Wolkerstorfer - woodblocks

Katsutoshi Yuasa

21 October, 2007

grey album



During the Edo Period (1615-1868), a uniquely Japanese art from developed known as ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world." For the first time in Japanese history, a rising class of city dwellers had the financial means to support an art of their own - an art which reflected their interests and tastes.

From the Art of Asia interactive media program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, this video was originally produced in 1992. http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/



October 20 - December 31, 2007

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 471-5605
Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


PITTSBURGH…As part of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Australia Festival, Wood Street Galleries presents a survey exhibition of contemporary photography, video and installation artists from Australia including: Tracey Moffatt, John Gillies, Denis Beaubois, Christian Bumbarra Thompson and John Tonkin.

The exhibition opens on Friday, October 19, 2007.

An opening night performance, “Australian Graffiti,” by Christian Bumbarra Thompson, fresh from recent successes in Berlin and Cologne, will be held at SPACE, 6:30 p.m.

There will be an artist talk by John Gillies at Wood Street Galleries on Saturday, October 20, at 1 p.m. The exhibit closes on December 31, 2007. All events are free and open to the public.

“WORKIN' DOWN UNDER features the work of five contemporary Australian artists who, through diverse media and approaches, explore issues of identity across cultures and time, including its own demise,” writes Wood Street Galleries curator Murray Horne.

Hailing from a country of colonists and colonized, John Gillies and Christian Bumbarra Thompson reflect complicated relationships with the nation’s past. Gillies’ sheep in Divide are an apt metaphor for the quandaries of occupation, territory and genealogy. In looping a video clip of a traditional greeting between the artist and his father, Thompson suggests the eternal endurance of aboriginal culture--one that has already persisted at least 40,000 years.

Tracey Moffatt and John Tonkin imagine alternate identities past, present and future. In Under the Sign of Scorpio, Moffatt assumes and represents the identities of 40 women born under the same astrological star, from Marie Currie to Hillary Clinton. Tonkin’s interactive Personal Eugenics allows participants to morph their own self-image toward their descriptions of who they would like to become.

Responding to identities increasingly exposed, Denis Beaubois offers an installment of the ongoing Terminal Vision Project. In a gesture of visual suicide, he uses the latest camera surveillance technology to capture the destruction of the very devices that make our private lives so public.