“We can never tell where his influence stops.” Artists and curators offer their thoughts about Harun Farocki, a forebearer of the essay film, after he passed away on Wednesday.
There comes a time in a young critic’s life—after hours spent seeking meaning in a press release about Lady Gaga’s latest Jeff Koons partnership, or in a comment hole under leaked photos of George Bush bathroom portraits, or when you turn down the volume on the Gaza Strip news to snicker at some poor bastard’s social media faux pas—when you wonder: why am I doing this? What’s it all for? What gnarled life path has led me to arrive at this soulless place?
In lieu of really good reasons (there are none), The Onion’s film critic Peter K. Rosenthal at least has militant resolve to finish this doomed crusade.
I used to run cross country. It was hard, pushing past those painful signals from my muscles, telling me to stop. Eventually, you just stop thinking, and it feels kind of like this GIF, where you can escape those physical nags—if even for just a second. Then, you go back to where you started.
Today’s GIF of the day comes from Jeremy Coullard, a video artist, painter, and oft contributor to Cloaque. This particular GIF is a screengrab from his video game A Matinee in Atmos Village, wherein players travel around a pink island to collect live-action triangle paintings.
Coullard and several other video artists from Cloaque have an upcoming video screening this Saturday at Transfer Gallery, curated by Claudia Maté and Carlos Sàez. (We just wrote up Claudia’s show at Transfer, and favorably.) Take this GIF as a preview of great things to come this Saturday!
This might be Fran Drescher in GIF form.
Today’s GIF of the day comes from V5MT, a digital artist who makes an impressively diverse array of GIFs and videos. This GIF is more two-dimensional than her other stuff, and has a definite late 80’s feel to it—hence the Fran Drescher reference. Most of the artist’s other GIFs navigate a more complex, three-dimensional landscape, usually one that vibrates and floats.