"[...]What qualifies as a "boon" in Spirit Surfing? Can you describe the physical experience that occurs when you discover a boon?
Try to wrap yourself around this cliché -- if surfing is wandering for 40 days and 40 nights in a desert, the boon is the vision brought back from the quest and the wake is the path of the whole quest's footsteps. The boon is like a jewel, a memento from a moment when the sacred nature of the web was clearly revealed to the surfer. In my experience the boon may spur on a deeper search, provide an idea for some kind of poetic game, sum up an emotional reaction to a particular zone of the web, or just float there like an impenetrable nugget outside of language. A lot of people have responded to the boon and wake separation on Spirit Surfers with confusion, as if there was some right or wrong way to interpret the juxtaposition. Really the boon/wake is only meant to set up a dialogue that, through repeated investigation, might eventually take on its own definition and allow the post to be not just about itself but also about the greater structure around it. On Spirit Surfers we have set up this structure to be continually practiced, and we are only just beginning to figure the conversation out.[...]" Interview with Kevin Bewersdorf http://rhizome.org/editorial/2008/sep/3/interview-with-kevin-bewersdorf/
"Pendant longtemps, les rares geeks qui étaient familiers avec le concept d’«animated GIF» associaient celui-ci premièrement à l’ennui au bureau, et s’imaginaient que ça allait toujours ressembler à ça:
… En fait c’était bel et bien une nécessité, puisqu’une image animée qui s’intègre automatiquement dans un site, sans besoin d’activer un «player», ça ne pouvait être beaucoup plus que quelques k. Le monde a changé, et bien qu’encore plutôt méconnu, l’«animated GIF» est bel et bien une forme d’art en soi, proposant par sa forme une liberté totale au niveau des médiums utilisés (rendant ainsi possible l’intégration de montages, détourages, photographie, dessin, graphisme) mais en limitant la qualité graphique, le nombre d’images utilisées, et en imposant une boucle.[...]"
"[...]Using only animated gifs, simple html and the browsers feature of progressive downloading (downloading content from top to bottom, left to right, see image above left) Peter manages to create some work which is without a doubt net.art but the type that a painter might create. He seems to have quite a few references, obvious ones such as post Abstract Expressionism painting, Mark Rothko (colour field), Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella etc. but also references within web culture, use of webcams, codecs, digital video and the visual result they give, surveillance etc.[...]" http://www.asquare.org/networkresearch/2007/peter-baldes-hypertemporality-animations
"Jesse Hulcher and 'Pony Eyelashes~' have been collaborating, anonymously, on web-based projects since 2002. Upon completion of one particular project, however, one of the two started to use his real name. That project is HTML, The Movie -or- The Resolution Will Not Be Televised, a single channel narrative video built out of HTML." Le site de leur collaboration: http://www.none-of-your.biz/ Le site de Jesse Hulcher http://www.jessehulcher.org/
"Brandon Jan Blommaert is an artist currently living in Montreal, his work encompasses video work, still images and gif loops and is at times reminiscent of vector graphics and early 90's inspired net art, yet a closer look shows off his eye for sensous colour schemes and quality and fluid animation. His short films have been exhibited across Europe and North America and his recent film Black Moon is part of Onedotzero's Adventures in Motion Festival in London 10-14th of this month.[...]" From the interview http://thelepantoleague.blogspot.com/2010/11/brandon-jan-blommaert.html
"Petra Cortright is an Internet artist born in 1986, who has resided in New York City, Portland, Oregon, Tokyo, Japan and Berlin, Germany. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a member of the Nasty Nets Internet Surfing Club, Loshadka Internet Surfing Club and Computers Club. She has exhibited internationally in many galleries including the New Museum in New York and the Venice Biennale." http://01sj.org/2010/artists/cortright/
"Series of animated gifs picturing predator/prey pairs." La seule série de GIf animés sur le site. "hello, my name is olivia verdugo (though sometimes you'll see me go by my full name, olivia street verdugo). i am currently studying graphic design at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), where i expect to receive my MFA in 2011."
“The beauty of INSA’s GIF-ITI is that it only truly lives when viewed online, where these days most street art ends up being viewed, and it exaggerates the ephemeral nature of graffiti as each layer is painted instantly over the last. Mixing retro internet technology and labour intensive painting, INSA creates slices of infinite un-reality, cutting edge art for the tumblr generation.”
"[...]Contemporary artists who are interested in online culture pay special attention to GIFs as a Web phenomena and a file format include the Canadian Stephanie Davidson, who creates GIFs from found online footage, using lo-fi animation techniques and abstract, looping narratives, reminiscent of vernacular GIF animations that have been copied millions of times. Her GIFs are so complete and visually compact that it would be impossible to use them in the aforementioned collages. The focus is on the file format itself.[...]" Olia Lialina http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/interact/participate/youtube-play/the-take/moving-images/3681-ubiquitous
"Julian Opie is one of the most significant artists of his generation whose artistic preoccupation has investigated the idea of representation and the means by which images are perceived and understood. Throughout his practice, Opie has developed his own reductive formal language which seeks to reflect, not reality itself, but rather the way in which reality is represented: his distinctive language of discipline and formal consistency which is employed in his current portrait and landscape work.
Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, classical portraiture and sculpture, to classical Japanese woodblock prints, Opie 'paints' using a variety of media and technologies which enable him to make three-dimensional explorations of his subjects.
ANI GIF presents solo + group exhibitions of ANIMATED GIFs. ANI GIF 001 features BRANDON JAN BLOMMAERT's A Poorly Punctuated Story About Astroids. We elevate the beloved medium of the Animated Graphic Interchange Format. We ♥ the Animated Graphic Interchange Format! ANI GIF presents exhibitions at our website on a monthly basis. ANI GIF BIENNIAL—in 2012—will be a massive, real-world exhibition. Curated by Daniel Rehn and Sarah Caluag (✖ me+Sarah)
blog of new york artist and musician tom moody... "Tom Moody is a visual artist and musician based in New York City. His low-tech art made with simple imaging programs, photocopiers, and consumer printers has been exhibited at artMovingProjects, Derek Eller, and Spencer Brownstone galleries in New York as well as other galleries and museums in the US and Europe. His videos have been screened in the New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, and other venues, and he and his work appear in the film 8 BIT, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His blog, commenced in February 2001, was recommended in the 2005 Art in America article “Art in the Blogosphere.” A CD of his music collaborations with earcon (John Parker), titled Scratch Ambulance, is available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com." Interview with Tom Moody by Cory Arcangel: http://rhizome.org/discuss/view/19080/
"Nicolas Sassoon is a Canada-and-France-based computer artist whose work dissects landscape, architecture, and wordplay by digital dint of the raffish animated .gif. His work benefits from stylized pseudo-retro aesthetics, characterized by lurid colors, moving patterns, and bitmap. His work is quite delicious when it wanders through notional objects, sanctities, and sanguine wordplay.[...]"