This illustration by Cristiana Couceiro accompanied a 2015 article in the New York Times about how social media has made TV a more interactive experience. It’s worth a read, but I’m posting this GIF today because it relates to Emily Colucci’s review of Public Access/Open Networks, a show about how public channels can bypass institutional hierarchy. If this illustration points to that thesis it alludes to it only—the TV signal broken up and disbursed by many mostly indicates that we’re our own broadcasters. But of course, embedded within that reality is the belief that this offers us a chance to bypass and resist institutional structures. Does that actually happen, though? Eh, sometimes.
It won’t be too long before we’ll be able to cite a robust history on Piet Mondrian inspired GIFs. We’ve already posted about Chiara Passa‘s “Mondrian Happens,” a GIF that spells out its title. Now, we’re posting an image by a user who goes by the name HappyToast, who has animated this Mondrian painting into a game of Pong. This inspired more activity—after seeing the GIF designer Kristiana Hansen set out to design the game. The internet does not disappoint. Behold, 2 player MondriPong 1.2.
I haven’t heard much by way of politics this week, and the reasons for this are entirely field specific. It seems most of us in the art world are distracted by the five million fairs we have to attend. That’s a welcome relief from our decent in chaos, but the decent is still happening. Here’s a reminder of what’s happening elsewhere. Eye on Russia.