[artinfo] Digital Artists Handbook

Taylor Nuttall taylor at greenquarter.co.uk
Wed Feb 6 20:51:21 CET 2008


folly has announced the completion of the first 
edition of an important new project, the Digital 
Artists Handbook: www.digitalartistshandbook.org 

The Digital Artists Handbook is a new, up to 
date, reliable and accessible source of 
information that introduces artists to different 
tools, resources and ways of working related to 
digital art. The touchstone of this new 
compendium is free/libre open source software 
(FLOSS) and technologies.

The Handbook has been edited by Marloes de Valk 
and Aymeric Mansoux of GOTO10, a collective of 
international artists and programmers.

Creative Director Kathryn Lambert said "folly are 
very excited to announce our Digital Artists 
Handbook, which we hope will be an indispensable 
resource for artists seeking an introduction to 
the world of free and open source technologies. 
folly strongly believe that FLOSS is an 
empowering, cost-effective and democratic way to 
introduce digital art technologies to artists".

Building on the collaborative and accumulative 
nature of the web, the Digital Artists Handbook 
will always be a work-in-progress, with new 
articles being commissioned on an ongoing basis, 
and new fields explored.

The goal of the Handbook is to be a signpost, a 
source of practical information and content that 
bridges the gap between new users and the 
platforms and resources that are available, but 
not always very accessible. The Handbook will be 
slowly filled with articles written by invited 
artists and specialists, talking about their 
tools and ways of working.
Kathryn Lambert said "We're especially pleased 
that folly has worked with a range of 
international artists and specialists who have 
shared insight into their areas of expertise".

The digital artist handbook is brought to you by 
folly and has developed out of ongoing 
consultation with artists working with 
technology,  which has shown a need for removing 
the barriers for artists to use digital tools.  
The project is supported by Arts Council England.

You can support the Digital Artists Handbook and 
folly's work in general by visiting folly's 
donate page. £185 would pay for the writing of a 
new article for the Handbook by a world leader in 
their field, and whatever you can give will be 
valued. So your support - however big or small - 
can make a difference.

The artists and practitioners who participated in 
the first stage of writing the Handbook are: 
Kristina Andersen, Frank Barknecht, Tom Betts, 
Florian Cramer, Phil Chandler, Olga Goriunova, 
Kathryn Lambert, Olivier Laruelle, Thor 
Magnusson, Nicolas Malevé, Aymeric Mansoux, Iman 
Moradi, Jon Phillips, Tom Schouten, Marloes de 
Valk, Peter Westenberg, and Simon Yuill.

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