Finding the weird amongst the Jeep tents in Baltimore’s Artscape festival.
It’s late Tuesday afternoon and if you’ve been staring at a computer all day, you probably feel like spacing out. Well, partake in a GIF-induced hypnosis with the work of David Whyte from his blog Bees & Bombs. Some GIFs are made up of pared-down forms that oscillate between stillness and movement, giving you the feeling like you’re watching a pendulum swing. In other GIFs by Whyte, independent objects move together to form emergent properties.
We recommend setting an alarm so you don’t fall into a GIF-triggered stupor.
Artist and programmer Raven Kwok uses algorithms to create amoeba-like programs in his series entitled “1B5F1.” There’s something beautiful but also very disconcerting here; as the creatures grow they violently writhe, and bring into question the role of the artist/scientist as god.
Anyway, with all that said, the varying levels of complexity and growth of these creatures make for a couple of really beautiful GIFs. Mad scientists take heed!