Watch a group of dancers vogue their way around the Philadelphia subway system. I’m not sure there’s much more to say about this video other than that these dancers are crazy good; their moves put Madonna (whose video for “Vogue” famously took the dance style from the ‘80s black gay ballroom culture) to shame. “Voguing Train” is a refreshing reminder, too, of what you can make with not much more than a camera and your body. We’d love to encounter this here in New York on our commute, but with the NYPD cracking down on subway performers, that probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Here’s a GIF history lesson.
The rainbow divider was a type of GIF used commonly among early web pages; it was used as an ornamental device to divide up text-heavy web pages. Remember those?
Paul Flannery has set out to “sculpturally repurpose” the now ancient rainbow divider, and he’s doing it in a multitude of ways. Some GIFs in the series end up looking like Art Deco or Japanese room dividers, while others are technicolor optical illusions. Either way, they definitely look better than the originals.
It’s unclear how Adam Ferriss spends his time, but it doesn’t appear to be by doing anything other than making GIFS. In May, he produced over 65 GIFs. Production seems to have slowed now that it’s summer time, but we expect to see more once vacation is done.
The above GIF obviously owes something to Laura Brothers. Yoshi Sodeoka too is clearly a contemporary. A look at this and some of the other GIFs on his site also tells me Ferriss isn’t overly interested in animation that’s too jerky or abrupt. He does, though occasionally engage it.