By now, you’ve heard the news: 69-year-old artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris yesterday while installing “Tree,” a giant inflatable butt plug at Place Vendôme. The piece is part of FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program and was evidently an offense to an unknown assailant because it does not belong at the Place Vendôme—and because McCarthy is not French. News that the sculpture’s title did not match its function has been the subject of much press giggling.
If you didn’t read Paddy Johnson’s review of the film Twohundredandfiftysixcolors, a feature-length film made of 3,000 GIFS, I recommend checking it out. It’s a good assessment of how GIFs translate to film by somebody who’s been watching the scene for many years from the perspective of both a net-art and cat fanatic.
Johnson finds a point of contention in Kevin Bewersdorf‘s “Mandala” because it had to be compressed to fit the video, and its meaning changes when it’s in a sequence of other GIFs about getting high. We’re on the Internet, but you gotta draw the line somewhere.
Johnson has a soft spot for the piece because she curated this particular work into her 2011 show Graphics Interchange Format and before that it was made in 2008. #tbt
This is an outtake GIF from Małgosia Woźnica’s “Arxitekton,” an incredible GIF trip through mechanized architecture. For the project, Woźnica made a site to scroll through an isolated, Tron-like universe where her strange architecture lives. The UX is pretty great, too: you can scroll vertically or horizontally, and you’re given “slow” or “fast” connection speed options.