It only took me three months to see the Chris Ofili show at The New Museum but, boy, am I glad I made that happen last week. It’s fucking incredible—I left the museum euphoric. And the three floor show of paintings, drawings, and sculpture has been extended until the end of the weekend, so you’ve still got time to see it. I can’t recommend doing so highly enough.
Pizza GIFs have been co-opted by The Man. This week, DiGiorno Pizza posted these psychedelic slices on Tumblr. Their caption: “Take it slice and cheesy.” Over 30,000 people have liked or shared this simple GIF. Pizza + GIFs = great marketing tool.
Once upon a time pizza was synonymous with Internet art. We’ve seen our fair share of notable pizza-related art created online. I still love Cory Arcangel’s Pizza Party (2004). But the dude-ly era has passed, and with it, pizza.
A big news day for GIFs: Image-hosting site Imgur has released a video-to-GIF tool, and the GIF search engine Giphy announced raising $17 million in new funding. What do these two tech stories have in common? GIFs are being touted as the next wave in mobile-media consumption. Today, GIFs officially go corporate.
“I do believe that there is cosmic synchronicity that we don’t understand,” Rachel Mason told me on a chilly night in her Long Island City studio. Eight years ago, she began researching an eighty-year-old newspaper story for her new opera “The Lives of Hamilton Fish”– the making of which, alone, is a long story.
It’s that time of year when all the artists who inhabit the Internet descend upon Berlin for the art and tech festival Transmediale. We wish we were there for the talks, workshops, screenings—and for Abrupt Diplomat, Lorna Mills’s solo exhibition at the Canadian Embassy. Rosa Menkman is on site, though, and has transcribed parts of the opening night conversation between Mills and Kristoffer Gansing, the artistic director of Transmediale. Mills knows her GIF history, and offers a simple reflection on its recent rise. Read on for an excerpt.