- New rules for drones! [The Economist]
- Paddy Johnson will be moderating a panel at Volta on digital collecting called “Art in the Cloud” Saturday March 7, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Panelists include art advisor and collector Stefan Simchowitz, collector David Diamond, independent art advisor, curator and collector Myriam Vanneschi and Transfer gallery founder Kelani Nichole. This conversation comes with its own trailer. [Artnet]
- Citizenfour is now on HBO Go. [HBO GO]
- Watch a crab get eaten by an octopus that literally leaps out of the water to eat its prey. The commentary is perfect. [YouTube]
- List of fictional worms. [Wikipedia]
- The New York Times Editorial Board has recently taken Governor Andrew Cuomo to task for failing to raise taxes needed to fund the MTA, and discussed the grave problems of air pollution in India. Yesterday, it took on the weather. The Board does not approve of winter. [The New York Times]
- “It’s like the tattoo thing—will I love it forever? Does it matter?” An art collector explains why getting tattoos is like building an art collection. [Art Practical]
- Our gadgets are getting smaller, but at the cost of shorter battery life. [Bloomberg via Alexis Madrigal]
- Here’s a question: What is Columbia University’s new sexual assault prevention requirement supposed to teach a student? From Jillian Steinhauer: “The language the school uses to describe it is a laughable hybrid of corporate-sounding mumbo-jumbo and touchy-feely vagueness; in the video, Columbia’s president says, ‘This is an opportunity to create art about the connection between sexual respect and membership in the Columbia University community,’ while others explain, ‘We invite you to express your thoughts and feelings about sexual respect — concepts like consent, relationships, boundaries.’” [Hyperallergic]
Welcome to the final day of the Art F City GIFFIES, our very own awards to reward excellence in GIF-making. As a response to The GIFYs, we’re naming our own award categories and giving out a few awards ourselves. Today’s GIF award category: digital puke. Finalists in this award were chosen for their depiction of puke by volume, the GIF’s ability to make the viewer want to puke, and the yin yang of puke to pretty.
Digital puke, literally. GIF by Andrew Benson.
Digital slime and puke-y colors: Hot Sundae, a.k.a. Amelia Irwin and Nicole Killian.
Sludge Merrymaker from Trickster Evolution
Not everyone can pick up the Internet’s refuse and turn it into a joyous GIF like Lorna Mills can.
To everyone else we have failed to mention (pretty much all of our GIF-making friends), we thank you for your glitches, junk, and your love of digital puke. (Below, a jpeg)
Within the long and storied history of the animated GIF, a little studied, and under-appreciated sub-genre of cat GIF, often goes by unremarked: The camouflage cat GIF. As I mentioned Tuesday, I have a few reservations about The GIFYs, an award series that means to reward “excellence” in the field of GIF making, without attempting to define excellence. In response, we’re naming our own award categories and giving out a few awards ourselves. Today’s GIF award category: Camouflage cats. It’s a burgeoning field but worthy of exploration.
Finalists were judged on the GIF loop quality, originality, and overall effectiveness of the camouflage. Let’s take a look.
This was a finalist in the GIFY awards, and we heartily agree with this pick. Here we see the fur seamlessly blended into smoke. This is material transformation at its best.
Stephanie Davidson, Cat Puff. I always assumed this was inspired by the Royale toilet paper cats. Anyway, hilarious.
Another Stephanie Davidson white cat GIF, this time in the sky.
This isn’t a GIF, obviously, but I wanted to include an art historical president in the cat camouflage genre. This Gabriel Orozco photograph is an obvious choice.
No loop—it’s a jpg—so this guy’s a loser but we give the image points regardless for effective use of camouflage.
Whatever a celebrity cat can do, AFC can do better.