On its own, this is a compelling GIF. But seen in a bigger context—it’s just one part of John Russell’s “Frozen Tears” series of books, exhibitions, and films—it’s a “MORPH-FUCKING” great GIF. Russell has a nice archive of ephemera on the “Frozen Tears” project, which he describes in hyperbolic academic-isms (like “MORPH-FUCKING the INTRADISTINCTION between VISUAL and LINGUISTIC”):
“Staged as an expanded artwork FROZEN TEARS (since 2003) is a MULTI-PART, MULTI-VENUE project built around the production of three 800+ page books each containing THEORY/HORROR texts and images from a range of CELEBRATED international artists/writers. MORPH-FUCKING the INTRADISTINCTION between VISUAL and the LINGUISTIC as both FAUX-READYMADE/COMMODITY and also ADDED performative and critical EXPLORATION of the possibilities of self-institutionalisation and the FICTIONING of the artwork as social interstice.
The performances of the AUTHOR-TEXTS as types of MULTI-fiction run parallel to the performance or FICTION of FROZEN TEARS as a brand and/or CURSE-PROPHESY including ULTRA infinite connectivity and artwork as illocutionary-force-as-event and/or as a monstrous contagion of our own making.”