Archive of Corinna Kirsch

AFC Senior Editor Corinna Kirsch received her MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she published a thesis on 1960s and 1970s video art. From 2009 - 2010 she worked at the Weisman Art Museum where she curated exhibitions for the drawing and photography galleries. In 2010 she received the C Magazine New Critics Prize.

Corinna has written 592 article(s) for AFC.

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Everyone Is a Hacker: NEW INC x Deep Lab

by Corinna Kirsch on May 29, 2015
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Live-blogging Friday’s workshops at NEW INC, part of the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY festival.

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Flowers and Mad Max in Chelsea: Travess Smalley and Jesse Greenberg

by Corinna Kirsch on May 28, 2015
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Two shows worth seeing in Chelsea before they close this weekend.

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Make Poetry in a Fuck Alley With Porpentine’s New Text-Based Adventure Game

by Corinna Kirsch on May 28, 2015
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Among other fun nerd things.

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GIF of the Day: The Worst GIF Exhibition of All Time

by Corinna Kirsch on May 26, 2015

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GIF It!, a Paris-based exhibition set to open on June 11 might be the most fundamentally flawed GIF exhibition of all time. A look at some of the exhibition’s misguided assumptions:

1. GIFs are dead.

The press release for GIF It! calls it “the first living GIF exhibition,” which really just means that GIFs have been turned into lenticulars. As GIF It! tells it, GIFs’ legitimacy is earned only once they become “alive” objects, thus suggesting by omission that on the screen GIFs are dead.

2. GIFs are magic.

More from the press release: “Animations are triggered when moving around via optical illusion. Magic!”

It’s not magic—it’s a combination of forces, like frame rates, software, history, memes, and, lest we not forget, the brain of an artist. “Magic” just reduces these GIFs to nothing more than a cool, fly-by-night gimmick—like a magic eye poster.

3. GIFs are for boys.

Unsurprisingly, none of the eight exhibiting artists are women.

4. GIFs are not art.

Until you put them inside a physical frame. Again, from the press release: “GIF IT! pulls Gifs out of screens and raise them as works of art.” This has never been a serious argument—it’s like saying video art is not art until you put it inside a frame, or that a poodle is not a poodle until you shave off its fur into dainty poofs.

5. GIFs use too much energy.

No comment on this part of the press release: “It is time to propose a new art, appreciable off-screens without the need for a source of energy.”

If all that makes you want to rush out to the opening, there’s an added bonus. When you donate $6 or more to the exhibition’s online fundraiser, you will receive one free drink at the opening, held at a hybrid coffee shop/wine bar/clothing store.

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Help ACRE, Chicago’s Much-Loved Artist Residency, Move Into a Funeral Home

by Corinna Kirsch on May 26, 2015
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ACRE, a summer residency held in Steuben, Wisconsin with an ongoing series of exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois, will move into a permanent space this September, to 1345 West 19th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood.

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Friday Trivia: That Time a Warhol Flick Almost Caused a “Lynch Riot”

by Corinna Kirsch on May 22, 2015
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“Lobby full, one red-faced guy very agitated, says I have 30 seconds to give him his money back or he’ll run into theatre and start a ‘lynch riot’.”

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At Last! You Can Buy Donald Judd Furniture From Instagram

by Corinna Kirsch on May 21, 2015

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Small Town in Germany Hides Dark Secret: Hitler’s Horses!

by Corinna Kirsch on May 20, 2015
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Yes, really.

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