And by how much?
In 1997 the art making duo MTAA produced an animated GIF that functioned as an artist statement, a manifesto, and a call to action. “Simple Net Art Diagram” locates art in the exchange of ideas, and invites other people to propose their own definitions for art. It’s a simple challenge, but one that’s proved meaningful to artists again and again since they made it close to twenty years ago. We’ll be surveying those GIFs next week, but in a preview of the post to come, here’s what artist Jim Punk did to remix the GIF in 2006 (slightly remixed to fit the column width of Art F City.) We like it.
Bad news for those planning to do anything other than look at art this week: Your week is fucked. It’s Armory Week, which for art professionals and lovers alike means a marathon of art-viewing practically guaranteed to hurt your eyes at some point. There’s treatment for these kinds of injuries, but the best advice we can offer is to simply be careful out there.
Don’t overdo it. Eat well. Get lots of rest. You’ll need it.
Here’s a blast from the past: The Commons Art Diagram builds upon MTAA’s 1997 GIF, “The Art Happens Here“, and illustrates where ‘art happens’ or ‘could happen”. The piece was included in The Art Happens Here exhibition as part of the iCommons Summit ‘07, which I attended in 2007 in Dubrovnik. It was printed on t-shirts, bags and stickers and distributed to conference attendees. This is not a GIF, but is included in our series because it builds on one.