Google’s vision of art transcends mere doodles

Google’s doodle on the little kid Nemo in Slumberland remembering the cartoon’s 107th anniversary on Monday was unique with an interactive curtain revealing more and more as you go down by the curtain.

The comic strip in the New York Herald on Oct. 15, 1905 has been captivated by Google in its latest doodle but Google’s innovation in arts is enticing and enlightening its visitors with more info on things that were not in memory otherwise.

Last week, Google announced how to discover 42 new online historical exhibitions portraying the stories of the last century, including Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust. The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations who have drawn on their archives of letters, manuscripts and first-hand video testimonials.

Each exhibition features a narrative which links the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives, nuances and tales behind these events.

Among others were:

  • Tragic love at Auschwitz – the story of Edek & Mala, a couple in love who try to escape Auschwitz
  • Jan Karski, Humanity’s hero – first-hand video testimony from the man who attempted to inform the world about the existence of the Holocaust
  • Faith in the Human Spirit is not Lost – tracing the history of Yad Vashem’s efforts to honor courageous individuals who attempted to rescue Jews during the Holocaust
  • Steve Biko – a 15-year-old’s political awakening in the midst of the Apartheid movement featuring nine documents never released in the public domain before
  • D-Day – details of the famous landings including color photographs, personal letters and the D-Day order itself from Admiral Ramsay
  • The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – an account of the 1953 Coronation including color photographs
  • Years of the Dolce Vita – a look at the era of the “good life” in Italy including the fashion, food, cars and culture

As with the other archives that Google tried to bring onto the Internet, include the Dead Sea Scrolls, where zooming in to see photos in great detail and search through millions of items for a specific country, person, event or date are available.

The historical collections are the latest offer from the Google Cultural Institute, following the Art ProjectWorld Wonders and the Nelson Mandela archives. Google is working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world to make more cultural and historical material accessible online and by doing so preserve it for future generations, writes Mark Yoshitake, Product Manager, Google Cultural Institute.

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