Whenever I post about something like this, I have the sneaking suspicion that I’m weeks (no! months!) behind on the this-is-cool bandwagon, but bethrh’s use of flickr for art history education is absolutely genius and worth looking like a fool for, if necessary. How to open up a dialogue about a specific piece of art? Post it on Flickr and let your students go wild with selecting pieces of it to write about. Then you can mouse-over whatever visual aspects intrigue you and read what other people have to say about them.
Seeing this makes me wonder whether artists and designers are using Flickr to collaborate remotely and discuss what’s wrong with the images they’re creating. It seems really powerful to me to be able to select a part of the image and tell your partner exactly what’s wrong, instead of trying to describe the piece of the image in words. It gives you back one of the affordances of face-to-face communication - pointing and gesturing - in an asynchronous and really useful way. Any of the art folks reading this know of people using Flickr this way?