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To Do: Annotate The PBS Animated GIF Transcript

by Paddy Johnson on March 14, 2012
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“America’s largest classroom” needs to redo its GIF lesson plan. Produced by PBS, the short “Off Book: Animated GIFs” charts an error-ridden history of the animated GIF, and offers unquestioning belief in the mythology that new technology and new art necessarily represents progress. Two artist collaborative teams using the file format are invited to talk: Pamela Reed and Mathew Rader of Reed+Rader, and Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg. They present little more than cliches. Patrick Davison and TopherChris of Memefactory and Tumblr, respectively, also offer their perspective, though TopherChris is the only one who offers any insight at all.

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Hair GIFs Cinemagraphs Are Making Headlines Again

by Paddy Johnson on April 27, 2011
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Bad ideas never die. Following The Atlantic’s profile on Jamie Beck’s incredible single-handed transformation of GIFs into “a respected art form” (pretty girl’s hair + wind = art), the Daily Mail has found other hair models to feature. Dubbed “cinemagraphs”, writer Daniel Bates (who, notably, is not an art writer – the Mail doesn’t have those) says these new GIFs “take ‘stills’ to the next level”. As I mentioned the other day, the underlying assumption here is that photography needs to be legitimated by cinema, as do GIFs.

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Massive Links! Internets Edition

by Paddy Johnson on April 22, 2011
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This week in Massive Links: GIFs now high brow according to the Atlantic! Also, the magazine does us the favor of locating all the bad public art in the country. Was this really necessary? Dealer and Entrepreneur Jen Bekman waxes on art as does star curator and non-profit director Dan Cameron. Contrary to 20×200 business model, Kevin Kelly thinks sharing will eventually trump ownership in the cloud.

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