A FERTILE mix of traditional and multimedia work is presented here by the Institute of International Visual Arts, which promotes artists from diverse cultural backgrounds worldwide.
The new online portfolio was launched earlier this month and covers the full range of the group's activities. The more Web-specific items include Simon Tegala's "Anabiosis", in which the artist's fluctuating heart rate over a two week period is presented in graphic form along with audio heartbeat and accompanying text.
More fun to be had, though, in Joy Gregory's exploration of what it means to be blonde, which differentiates Californian, Swedish and Bondi Beach subspecies, and offers a gallery of flaxen-haired icons ranging from Barbara Stanwyck all the way to Wesley Snipes in drag.
The National Gallery
MEANWHILE, from its base in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery's restrained but fluently designed site displays selected highlights from each of the four wings of the building.
Images from Van Eyck to Van Gogh are accompanied by usefully concise introductory blurbs, and a section on "puzzle paintings" discusses Manet, Rubens and others. Entertainments include the chance to mix-and-match the top and bottom halves of figures from famous works. The legs of a woman bathing as painted by Rembrandt can be endowed with the head and torso of Gainsborough's Mrs Andrews, and the resulting mutants might be considered a form of digital art themselves.
Reclaim the Streets
AN INCREASINGLY common urban artwork is the steel scaffolding tripod, erected in mid-thoroughfare and complete with road protester slung underneath in a hammock. Assembly instructions included here, along with everything else you might need to take over your local high street.
Feedback from last month's simultaneous global street party, which seems to have been successful in some places (Berkeley, California), alarming in others (Prague, where it turned into a riot), or desultory, as in Darwin, Australia: "Sorry but only 10 of us turned up."
100 Years, 100 Movies
THE HUNDRED greatest-ever American movies will be announced here tomorrow, a selection the organisers confidently claim as "definitive".
The American Film Institute has joined forces with the big studios for the project, which includes a three-hour US network TV programme, a documentary series and a special edition of Newsweek magazine. The hit list will be selected by a panel of "experts", which seems to mean not only film-makers and critics but also the occupants of the White House.
Meanwhile, the public have been anticipating the tastes of the great and good by voting online for their own choices - stills and synopses from each of a 400-film shortlist are available on site.
So far, no surprises: the top three films are Casablanca, Gone With the Wind and Citizen Kane, though numbers eight and nine are, perhaps less predictably, Schindler's List and Psycho.
"FIRE IT UP!" is the slogan of this home page for the former bikers' haunt on London's North Circular road, part of Mark Wilsmore's determined campaign to reopen what he claims is the most famous cafe in the world.
The Ace Cafe opened in 1938, but its heyday arrived in the late Fifties and early Sixties, when it was the supplier of 24-hour egg and chips to a generation of rockers and ton-up boys.Reuse content