Art Fag City friend Saul Chernick sent along an animated gif today I felt worthy of posting. With Chernick’s permission I’m also publishing a portion of his email correspondence explaining his interest in the file format.
Seeing Kevin Bewersdorf’s show [Monuments to the INFOspirit] inspired me to try out some ideas for gifs. At his opening he explained how gif files are able to achieve a level of sharpness video animation generally can’t produce. I was intrigued by the fact that he was able to to manipulate the screen texture with such intentionality. It reminded me of how print makers are often concerned with similar issues: resolution and surface texture. I thought it would be cool to process imagery produced by an old, manual technology (woodcut) through this contemporary technology and and see how the marks would change.
These woodcuts in particular would have been pretty cheap in their day much like gifs, which get passed around the net freely.
I liked the idea of animating Death in perpetuity too.
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Related: IMG MGMT: The Undead.