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11 MARCH 2012

Off Book: the art of Animated GIFs

"GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off Book, we chart their history, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences."

(PBS Arts: Off Book, 7th Mar 2012)

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8-bitaestheticsanimated gifanimation • art on screens • Bill Cunningham • creative practice • cutting-edge arts • design for the screendesign historydigital cultureevolving formFlag of the United States of AmericaGIFGIF artists • GIF creativity • GIF-makers • glitch art • Graphics Interchange Format • hybrid form • hybrid medium • image format • isolated movement • Jamie BeckKevin Burg • Matthew Rader • media artmememotion graphicsmotion photographmovement • multi-image • new mediaOff Book • Pamela Reed • Patrick Davison • patternPBSremediationrepetitionsequence designTumblrTV seriesunder constructionvisual communicationvisual experiencevisual literacyweb • web show

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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