Laura Brown July 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

good counter points, i totally agree.

Evangeline July 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I just can’t help thinking that these animated GIFs are like really bad B-grade movies. Attack of the killer GIFs! Designers haven’t been using them for years because they’re ‘so pase’. Even flash is pase now. That’s the problem with using technology in art when you’re not really technology savvy (lets assume for a second that GIFs require technical knowledge). The technology is a tool, or a trick that usually surpasses the art and leaves you thinking the art is nothing but a ‘neat trick’.

Having said that…  When tech savvy artists begin playing with GIFs and make something that surpasses the tool, that can be pretty awesome. Great examples you got there.

So yeah… what you said!

Chris Shier July 18, 2011 at 3:57 am

“ Personally, I only think we’ll see this when it becomes standard for web software to let users easily arrange GIFs side by side, in grids, and other such arrangements. ”

http://bon.gs/tile/#tile=http://artfagcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/gallery2.gif;x=59;y=169&img=http://artfagcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/brothersARTFAGMASTHEAD.jpg;x=134;y=265&img=:1;x=135;y=410&img=:1;x=136;y=553or      gif    apng        mng    swf 

Will Brand July 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Nifty! Can the GIphiles, juxtaposers, and developers get along now? 

Jason Lazarus July 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

what i find fascinating about gifs are that they embody an artistic micro-gesture–that is, they take the sensibility/interests/aesthetics/humor/conceptual trajectory of an artist, they technically limit the parameters of what is possible, and the GIF becomes a light and potent insight into an artists particular practice, whether it is only other GIFs, or a significant physical record of artistic production…

olia lialina July 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Absolutely agree with your second point.
Concerning “if we don’t, remember me” I see their quality in using principles of GIF animation and GIF optimization in a very clever way. There is a lot of respect to the format itself (not aesthetics or history)

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