Paddy: Honestly, I want the suits back.
Haydi Roket didn’t get a mention on my tumblr round up on artnet, but he probably should have. He’s incredibly active. His about page doesn’t tell a user much—it’s a cartoon image of a guy in a helmet in front of a tumblr dashboard—but from this we can assume he’s an internerd. And from the image above we know he’s net art aware. The brand names, the sea punk dolphins, the reference to operating systems—there’s clearly a shared aesthetic here between Roket and sites like Cloaque. This GIFs is a little more contained than most though—it’s almost poster like. Given all the symmetry in this piece, that format makes sense.
Wikipedia is full of fodder for just about any art project. Take, for instance, Evan Roth’s “No Original Research” series as evidence of that. Roth uses found GIF imagery from Wikipedia to create rhythmic, single-page websites composed of a GIF file copied dozens of times, set against a monochrome background. For information on where on Wikipedia Roth found the GIF, just view the page source. (Here’s the source page for haloarcula-on-ivory.com, the GIF pictured above.)
There’s an element of failure here, too: it’s hard for a browser to simultaneously load each file at once, so the speed of the GIFs are bound to change depending on who’s looking at it and how they’re loading it. (Reminds me of constantly changing loading speeds of Olia Lialina’s “Summer.”)
Anyway, this little GIF above is just a slice of the dozens of GIF-on-GIF creatures that make up the dozens of pages in Roth “No Original Research” series. Go, and see what they look like crammed together like a endlessly turning, squishy halo.
As a testament to how bad Chelsea has gotten lately, artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw are currently running a successful souvenir business solely of items making fun of celebrity-obsessed curators and James Franco. Things are bleak, but we’ve at least managed to find a few events that continue to make our jobs worth doing.
Only one of today’s GIFs relates to navigating New York’s art scene, and it’s a GIF about singers. (The points made are transferable.) We’ve compiled a few of our favorite GIFs from Nathan W. Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette (published on Distractify) which offers tourists the true NYC skinny, but it’s an entertaining read for residents as well. Check it out.