The speed of this GIF is incredible: it whooshes left to right, without any metronome-like regularity. So it’s kind of like listening to someone play piano in 4/4 rhythm, but who breaks with that regularity every several notes. Just because they can, and because they know how. Originally this GIF was part of the Wrong Biennial. Though the GIFs on that site have been removed, you can still see Yoshi Sodeoka’s Plan 9 Channel 12 Pavilion here.
You’ve seen this GIF—now go straight to “Expanding Labyrinth,” Brenna Murphy’s 2012 Rhizome Commissions proposal. This is just one hypnotic slice of her larger project where she created over 50 websites focused on meditative and talismanic imagery; you can visit each of those sites (meditation rooms, if you like) on the commissions page.
When you’re looking for GIFs, it’s always a good idea to take a quick look around the good old Computers Club site. (That’s how I landed on this GIF, just so’s you know.) Wyne Veen’s got an eye for making monsters out of inanimate objects; her latest (still) photographic series has all that’s there in her “Jewelry and Holographic Gift Wrapping” series, but it’s a little…grosser. This GIF just makes me think of Cookie Monster wearing a Geordi La Forge visor.
Artnet published part two of Paddy’s A Brief History of Animated GIF Art series. This installment covers the golden age of social media GIFs. [artnet News]
In “How a Palestinian Artist Turned Detainment Into a Creative Opportunity,” the fact that Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar could not legally come into the United States for his exhibition gave him a chance to ship new work. (Yay?) And then this supposedly happened: “In addition, Jarrar organized a satellite project at art space Undercurrent Projects, which consisted of informal panel discussions about the current situation in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as talks about Jarrar’s works and the state of art in Palestine.” Yes, that series was organized, but it never got off the ground. It never took place. [GOOD]
Today in India: Former Louise Blouin staffers will begin a 5-day protest regarding “delayed wages and erratic firings.” [Gallerist]
Statue selfies. (Kind of “blah,” kind of “hah.”) [Reddit]
In need of a $5,600 skateboard with a whimsical skull drawn on it, or maybe a $4,300 high-gloss nude of Pamela Anderson? Then go down to Damien Hirst’s gift shop in Soho. Some of this stuff actually looks pretty great. [The New York Times]
This GIF sits somewhere at the intersection of a seedy highway truck stop and Mario Kart’s glistening Rainbow Road. It’s not hard to imagine a future where holographic signs like this light up the roads instead of billboards. Until then, Kim Asendorf’s GIFs will have to suffice.
We’ve featured Eva Papamargariti’s landscape GIFs before, but we couldn’t pass up on this one. She’s created an entirely active universe in miniature—and by using an economy of means. In other words, I like it.
My best guess at what’s going on in this gif? Either a cyborg doing yoga or a future descendent of the Roomba. Either way, I can’t stop looking at this bizarre creation from Francoise Gamma. For more perversely beautiful gifs, head to Gamma’s website.
A framed 4chan post sold as an artwork for $90,900 on eBay this weekend. What does this mean for the art market? Very little: Redditors assume most of the bids are fakes. [Re/code via Reddit]
Paddy Johnson launches her “history of the GIF” series. Good. GIF art needs its own reference points. [artnet News]
Johnson also tells Yahoo! News about the Mona Lisa of digital art. And the answer is…it does not exist. But in Johnson’s opinion, the most widely-recognized digital artwork is Jon Rafman’s “9 Eyes of Google Street View,” which premiered right here on Art F City. [Yahoo! Tech]
Crazy town. A judge has ruled that Rauschenberg trustees can receive $24.6 million in fees from the foundation. This number is considerably less than the $60 million Bennet Grutman, Rauschenberg’s accountant; Darryl Pottorf, executor of the artist’s will; and Bill Goldston, a business partner of the artist in a fine art print publishing company were looking for, but more than the $375,000 the foundation wanted to pay. $24.6 million fees are reasonable, citing their exemplary job growing the value of the estate. [The Art Newspaper]
Somebody named Richard Lawler called art advisor Todd Levin this weekend about two “newly discovered” Leonardo da Vinci paintings. Are they real? Levin seems to doubt their authenticity. Artnet called Lawler, but the call was off the record. [artnet News]
Werner Herzog gets interviewed by New York Magazine. They talk about his life’s work, his vision, his views on culture and filmmakers, Nazis and tourists, and we’re here to boil it down into a few soundbites. Actually, no. You just gotta read it. [Vulture]
It’s Barack Obama’s birthday. [Twitter]
All the ice cream cake stores in New York that will write “Free Palestine” on your cake. Dairy Queen will not. [ANIMAL New York]
The Marina Abramovic Institute, currently fundraising for a $20 million Rem Koolhaas-designed headquarters, is seeking unpaid volunteers . MAI responds to claims about unpaid labor with a statement that spools in the type of language we always hear that it’s about connections and exposure. Money? You can live without that for several months, right? And commute between Hudson and New York City for the MAI on no money, too. [Los Angeles Times]
A new study reveals that women are more likely to be lied to in negotiations than men. “One of the study’s experiments showed that part of the reason women are lied to more often is that they’re perceived as being less competent but warmer than men in negotiations.” [Time]
A weird, $999,000 Rembrandt painting appeared on eBay last week. Now, there’s furniture from the Élysée Palace, home to the French president, turning up on there too. This also comes after the news that 32 artworks and 625 pieces of furniture were missing from the residence. Sketchy. [Artnet News via Le Figaro]