Tom Moody Room Sized Animated GIFs
through June 25th 2006
166 N. 12th St, between Bedford and Berry Sts.
Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Thu- Sun, 1pm - 6pm
[Closed June 8-11th]
Tom Moody, a central figure in the New Media arena, hypnotizes at artMovingProjects.
Animated GIFs, the tiny, blinking, often annoying image files that draw your eye to particular parts of a Web page, have been around since the Net's early days. There is a sizeable do-it-yourself culture built up around them, which now includes a second generation of Web and gallery based art using them ironically and/or proactively.
For the past several years, Moody has been drawing GIFs in a simple paint program and posting them on his blog at http://www.digitalmediatree.com/tommoody. The gallery will project two of these pulsing, but defiantly lo-fi animations huge on opposing walls of the space. Others will be displayed on monitors scattered on the floor.[...]
also, thru June 3 in San Francisco (via Rhizome):
curated by Marisa Olson
132 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA, (415) 756-8825
Gallery hours: WED - SAT 2:00pm - 6:00pm or by appointment
The GIF Show takes the pulse of what some net surfers have dubbed 'GIF Luv,' a recent frenzy of file-sharing and creative muscle-flexing associated with GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format files). Curated by Rhizome Editor & Curator at Large, Marisa Olson, the show presents GIFs and GIF-based videos, prints, readymades, and sculptures by Cory Arcangel, Peter Baldes, Michael Bell-Smith, Jimpunk, Olia Lialina, Abe Linkoln, Guthrie Lonergan, Lovid, Tom Moody, Paper Rad, Paul Slocum, and Matt Smear (aka 893/umeancompetitor).
GIFs have a rich cultural life on the internet and each bears specific stylistic markers. From Myspace graphics to advertising images to porn banners, and beyond, GIFs overcome resolution and bandwidth challenges in their pervasive population of the net. Animated GIFs, in particular, have evolved from a largely cinematic, cell-based form of art practice, and have more recently been incorporated in music videos and employed as stimulating narrative devices on blogs. From the flashy to the minimal, the sonic to the silent, the artists in The GIF Show demonstrate the diversity of forms to be found in GIFs, and many of them comment on the broader social life of these image files.