Trump gave less to his foundation than AFC’s annual programming budget. Let’s show him how it’s done. If our supporters can beat Donald Trump’s own donation of $30,000, before election day, the first 100 donors get a William Powhida Drumpf print!
Continuing on our theme of GIFs the New York Times has commission, here we take a look at Yoshi Sodeoka’s illustration of the brain and visualized data. The GIF illustrates a piece titled “Do You Believe In God or is That a Software Glitch?” The article cites a an paper written for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which discovered a glitch in MRI data that can cause false positives. The glitch can suggest brain activity where there is none and does so up to 70 percent of the time. Eek.
As for the title—it refers to clickbait referenced in the article. Sodeoka’s image can’t quite capture all of that, but it does a good job of showing us how data can obscure our readings of brain activity. More Sodeoka please.
Thanks to artist Scott Gelber we’ve got this GIF to show off at the end of the day. I wasn’t able to locate the original article this ran with on the New York Times, but in my searches I did come to realize that Gelber makes a lot of GIFs for the Times. So, when we think of the Times aesthetic, we should also look to Gelber. Another image below, which illustrates the article Hearing Is Believing.
GIPHY has released a new culture channel celebrating culture, identity, and diversity. So far, that means sorting for stereotype. For example, “body positivity” seems to be defined by proud overweight women and LGBQ, is a lot partying GIFs. Nothing wrong with either, but for a channel that claims to be about diversity, it would be good if we saw a little more of that.
Brace yourself: Pretty much every museum in the city has a major show launching, from The Met’s Kerry James Marshall show, to the Whitney’s Immersive Cinema survey, to the Rhizome and New Museum’s Net Art Anthology launch. We’re excited about EVERY. SINGLE. SHOW. Why? Because they are all historical shows in some way, attempting to chart a history of important art works and movements. This is important work.
Oddly enough, Historicizing seems to be a broader theme for the week in general—well, in at least one show. Saturday Elizabeth Dee will launch a mammoth show that attempts to look at the East Village scene of the 80’s and where those artists are now. This is a must-see exhibition, so between this, the museum shows, and everything else we have listed you’re going to be busy.
The National Archives and Records Administration holds all kinds of documents pertinent to the nation, from the parchment the Declaration of Independence was written on to this newly release treasure trove of animated GIFs drawing from newsreels and other sources. A lot of them are weirder than you’d expect. I assembled some of those here, but you can view the archive in its entirety on GIPHY.