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“There should be more room for fun in art” – Animated Gif Mashup Studio Workshop with Evan Roth | Video Vortex

“There should be more room for fun in art” – Animated Gif Mashup Studio Workshop with Evan Roth | Video Vortex | Animated Gif As Art | Scoop.it
"[...]However, the workshop during the Video Vortex wasn’t about activist issues or promoting free culture, but about making gifs.

We all know gifs, or graphic interchange formats, probably as those geeky granular images of dancing people or singing cats. Their old school image is why Evan things they’re cool. But I was still wondering why Evan decided to let us work with gifs. I had in mind that his answer would have something to with open source and free culture, since everyone is free to collect and spread gifs and use them for other purposes. But he surprised me by saying that his main point for that day was just having fun. “There should be more room for fun in art”. He told me how his other lectures and workshops were more directly linked with politics, but that he felt like really doing something else this day. He wanted us to just play with gifs, get our hands dirty. He did add that he clearly sees how gifs are important in an ideological sense, since they create some sort of overall image of the internet right now, they’re all small time capsules. So from a historical point of view it is important to curate them somewhere where they can’t get lost.

The future of the ubiquitous gifs? Hard to say, according to Evan. He feels they had their peak in 2010, when ‘We Make Money Not Art’ started growing bigger and bigger. At the beginning of the internet era gif and jpeg were the standard form, but slowly they were overtaken by png and flash (for movies). This is why Evan isn’t sure how gif will develop in the upcoming years, so most important is to make sure that all previous gifs are saved in a good database.By Anna Jacobs Last Thursday (10-03) I attended a workshop about animated gif mashups led by the artist Evan Roth.[...]"
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I am not an artist - an animated GIF paranoia about nonstop design workers

I am not an artist - an animated GIF paranoia about nonstop design workers | Animated Gif As Art | Scoop.it
"A working in progress project comissioned by Elisava School of Design (Barcelona design school for future design workers) with concept, creative direction and design by Soon in Tokyo, a communications agency made up of former Elisava students and teachers.
It starts with 56 animated gifs directed by Johnny Kelly and Matthew Cooper and aims to grow and to be a platform with the participation of young designers and creatives from all over the world."
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