GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. The GIF graphics file format was invented by CompuServe in 1987. 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.
Please watch the following episode of Off Book, featuring interviews of Christopher Price Editorial Director at Tumblr, Patrick Davidson from MemeFactory, a group that gives presentations about internet memes, Pamela Reed and Mathew Rader from REED + RADER, mostly dedicated to fashion photography and Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg with photographer Jamie Beck creators of Cinemagraph.
We love animated GIFs here at ‘The Remains’ and we constantly see amazing examples of creative and inspiring GIFs in sites like Tumblr where they are specially popular, but we particularly like the work of artist Max Capacity. I will venture here to say that his animated GIFs are postmodern, combining in them glitch art, pixel art, movies and stuff I cannot even start to describe. The fact that he uses the name Max Capacity is probably not a coincidence as he has a lot of work to show up for. I can spend hours jumping from his Flickr site to his Tumblr site to his YouTube channel checking out his universe of prolific creation. Watch some samples of his work below:
Ok, lastly we want to leave you with one last video from PBS Off Book. A 25th Anniversary GIF short Mashup set to 8-bit Dubstep.