fyi [links, apr 2016]

Some more or less recent stuff, focussed on GIFs. Or other web animations. Or something else loosely connected to that.

A short report on Google’s April Fool’s ”Feature“ which completely went wrong. Why am I linking this? Because by clicking ”Send and Mic Drop“ Google Mail users could end a conversation by sending a Minion Mic Drop GIF – and apparently someone lost their job because of using this accidentally.

Recently, everyone and their grandma is talking about AI, especially after the AlphaGo vs. Lee Go game. Consequently, a pair of artists used a neural network to alter stereoscopic GIFs (wigglegrams) into colourful, trippy versions. They experimented with different art styles to observe how well these play along with the stereoscopic effect.

A GIF of a crucifix machine came across me several times during the last week or so and it was made as part of a master thesis art project. You can watch this and other animations here.

Remember FLIF, another approach for a new lossless image file format with some nice ideas for animation? Here you can read an interview with one of its creators.


A few days ago, the online exhibition ”Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place“ was launched. Art F City has some thoughts about it and here you can read a curatorial statement.

And I totally missed the event ”What We Talk About When We Talk About GIFs: Visual Culture and Social Media“, organised by NYU Center for the Humanities. Luckily, all of the presentations can be watched on YouTube.


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