What We Talk About When We Talk About GIFs: Visual Culture and Social Media
Playful, banal, uproarious, creepy, infuriating — the contemporary flavours of the Graphics Interchange Format or GIF have to be seen to be believed. Beloved of artists, activists,and netizens of all stripes due to its particular technical and aesthetic properties, the humble GIF has assumed a major role in contemporary culture and the arts. This afternoon symposium will be a chance to unpack the history, popular culture, and social impact of GIFs, and their place in history of the humanities. Plus: cats!
Welcome and Introductions: 1:00PM to 1:30PM
Panel One: 1:30PM to 2:45PM
Moderated by Anna McCarthy, Tisch
Paddy Johnson, artblogger, publisher of ArtFCity.com, an art world daily read. Paddy also curated a show on GIFs at Providence College. Jason Eppink, Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image. Jason recently curated a show on reaction GIFs. Elektra KB, a Columbian artist living in NYC who makes gifs as part of a multimedia practice involving video, performance, textile art, and sound.
Coffee Break - 2:45PM to 3:15PM
Panel Two: 3:15PM to 4:30PM
Moderated by Luke Stark, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
Sha Hwang, designer and programmer, founder of Gifpop.io Charlton McIlwain, Steinhardt, author of Race Appeal, When Death Goes Pop, and Death in Black and White. Lorna Mills, Canadian net artist, curator of Ways of Something (2014), a series of one minute videos by artists responding to John Berger's 1971 Ways of Seeing
Closing Discussion: 4:30PM to 5:00PM
Reception: 5:00PM to 6:00PM
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.