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Hypnotic GIFs of Victorian Optical Toys

by Carey Dunne on December 29, 2015

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Long before the time of Disney and Pixar, artists made images move using a variety of -scopes and -tropes.

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Articles

Ceci N’Est Pas un Gif: Animating Magritte

by Claire Voon on November 11, 2015

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Raphaëlle Martin has published a new set of Magritte-inspired animations that demonstrates how much more bizarre the Surrealist’s paintings can be when brought to life and played on a loop.

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By now it’s become a familiar trope: Photoshop or GIF something historical, say, Old Masters or old photographs. But just because it’s been done doesn’t mean it’s been done best. And the elaborate GIFs that James Kerr makes from early Northern Renaissance paintings are a hilariously new take on the idea of remixing antique art.

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Using New Media to Shed Light on Old Art Narratives

by An Xiao on January 27, 2014

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The internet is a visual space, where virality comes most frequently to media rich in images, whether videos, animated GIFs or simple memes. Connecting these new forms of media with all the classic ways that human beings have told visual stories is a powerful way to reanimate them, sometimes literally, for the digital age.

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Old Master Paintings Animated

by Hrag Vartanian on January 17, 2014

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This is what art looks like on drugs.

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Paper Orchard: GIFs Through Collage

by An Xiao on October 23, 2013

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Hilary Faye, a Melbourne-based animator and artist, has been making a series of GIFs pulled from materials she’s found online and animated through collage.

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History Meets the Strangest Animated GIFs

by An Xiao on September 12, 2013

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We dare you not to be fascinated by the wacky and amazing animated GIFs of Kevin Weird.

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Do you lie awake at night, sweating bullets, crippled by an unshakable insecurity, a sinister hunch crowding your mind, a sour soupçon that perhaps you are not viewing the “right” GIFs on the internet? Fear not.

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GIF Is Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year, Duh

by Kyle Chayka on November 13, 2012

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If you needed another clue that the Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, the short, looping digital animation file, has become totally ubiquitous, the Oxford Dictionary has selected the term as its word of the year.

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Obamariffic Victory GIFs, Photos, and Memes

by Kyle Chayka on November 7, 2012

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After what had been seen as a tight race, nail-biting election returns, and an interminable wait period for Mitt Romney to actually concede (and for Barack Obama to come out and give a victory speech), we finally have a confirmed president for the next four years. Here’s what Obama’s win looked like in photos, GIFs, and memes that lit up the internet late last night.

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