GIFs break down the moving image, frame by frame. What about when those images contain words? That’s when we get concrete poetry GIFs, like those made by poet Alex Turgeon for Rhizome’s “Poetry as Practice” commission series. Here’s a snippet from Alex Turgeon’s concrete poetry site, “Better Homes & Gardens Revisited,” the first in the Rhizome series; you’ll need to make your way over to scroll through the entire poem.
This week will not be defined by free time. Bjork opens this week at MoMA; for a bag of money you can see it before the public does at The Armory Show’s benefit for MoMA. Anicka Yi will debut a new bacteria made out of women at the Kitchen. Bleeps and bloops will be heard at the Museum of the Moving Image. Or you can spend your weekend sitting at a computer at the 2015 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.
Our entirely biased, completely compromised listing advises readers to head out to “Art and the Cloud,” a discussion about collecting digital art moderated by AFC’s Paddy Johnson. Panelists include controversial art advisor and collector Stefan Simchowitz, collector David Diamond, independent curator and consultant Myriam Vanneschi, and Transfer Gallery founder Kelani Nichole.
In 1997 the art making duo MTAA produced an animated GIF that functioned as an artist statement, a manifesto, and a call to action. “Simple Net Art Diagram” locates art in the exchange of ideas, and invites other people to propose their own definitions for art. It’s a simple challenge, but one that’s proved meaningful to artists again and again since they made it close to twenty years ago. We’ll be surveying those GIFs next week, but in a preview of the post to come, here’s what artist Jim Punk did to remix the GIF in 2006 (slightly remixed to fit the column width of Art F City.) We like it.
Bad news for those planning to do anything other than look at art this week: Your week is fucked. It’s Armory Week, which for art professionals and lovers alike means a marathon of art-viewing practically guaranteed to hurt your eyes at some point. There’s treatment for these kinds of injuries, but the best advice we can offer is to simply be careful out there.
Don’t overdo it. Eat well. Get lots of rest. You’ll need it.