The latest issue of La Panera, one of my favorite Chilean art magazines, features Nemesio Antúnez, one of my favorite Chilean art historical figures. But this post isn’t about art history but rather an unsexy, unsung, yet critical element within this discipline: research. I love research. As an art historian in the twenty-first century, I have an unparalleled amount of sources. Of course, there’s always old faithful: the library. Full of dusty pages, broken spines, crowded reading rooms, and misplaced books. But for this dissertation I’m keeping it mostly digital. Continue reading
The filing force is strong with me. I spent an hour yesterday putting off more pressing dissertation-writing matters to make my Revista CA archive pretty. Revista CA (Ciudad y Arquitectura) is the oldest architecture magazine in Chile and their issues are available online: http://revistaca.cl/ Take my advice and download a few at a time since you might overwhelm the website as I have done on a daily basis for the past two weeks. Once I realized I had about 40 issues the librarian in me took over and I cataloged all of them according to year. Through their handy search feature I downloaded issues with the keyword “Amereida” and “Travesía” the two most frequent words in my dissertation. But then I wanted more so I decided to go for all their issues from 1968 to 1993. Copyleft never felt so right. Each time I download a new issue, I change the color of a cell in my Numbers spreadsheet. It’s the little things that keep me going at this stage.
In my own classroom, I fight the good fight every day, wrestling with students who want to use copyrighted music or images in their work. I’m writing literally here. I’m not afraid to throw a kid in a headlock for slipping the latest Owl City release into a slide show.
I realize, however, students are not malicious, thieving miscreants who don’t care about fair play or giving credit where credit is due. Actually, teenagers have an acute belief in honor and fairness.
Why, then, despite what I considered engaging, varied lessons on fair use and proper citation, do they continue to use copyrighted images and music without a mention of the sources? There are many explanations, but the simplest one—let me grab Occum’s razor here—is that it’s simple.
The majority of students, when looking for a picture, complete a Google Image search and then use the first few shots they…
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I have, in my possession, a veritable treasure trove of images copied onto my flashdrive by the nice people at the Archivo Histórico José Vial Armstrong. I drafted a dream list of images regarding the School of Architecture’s various projects, never really believing that I’d get all of them. But I did. And most shockingly for free. I am in the land of copyleft. Continue reading