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Goya’s Saturn devours his son on a park bench, flinging chunks of arm to a flock of pigeons; the lady in pink of Edward Hopper’s “Morning Sun” snaps out of her reverie when a bird crashes into her bedroom window; the raining men of Rene Magritte’s “Golconda” jump out of a plane and splatter bloodily on the ground, alarming local newscasters.

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Photo Essays

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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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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The 1,000-Year GIF

by Claire Voon on September 21, 2015

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Titled “AS Long As Possible,” the GIF work features 48,140,288 frames, and each will last for about 10 minutes. The file will reach its end only in the year 3017 — until it loops back to frame number one.

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Post image for Flickery Nonsense for the Overworked Motion Designer

For motion designers with clients demanding flashy movement that is in fact total nonsense, Vancouver-based art director and motion designer Peter Quinn created a handy set of 100 pre-made fake user interface (UI) animations.

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Post image for Mesmerizing GIFs of Japan’s Floating World

Centuries-old Japanese ukiyo-e have received a delightful update, transformed into animated scenes that sometimes include surprising, modern imagery.

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Post image for GIFs That Bring Street Art to Life

A. L. Crego composes playful, bizarre GIFs from other people’s street art.

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Post image for A Vibrant Portrait of Liberia in GIFs

In Monrovia Animated, Beaurain has produced an unusual form of GIF-as-documentary photo, one that brings to life a far-off locale and makes us consider it in a way we’ve rarely been asked to before.

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Post image for Remixing the Renaissance as GIFs

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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Post image for Glitch Expectations: A Conversation with Jon Cates

Describing the world of new media/glitch artist Jon Cates is a labyrinthine task. You might begin with his spontaneous and inventive word-language actions reminiscent of William Burroughs cut-ups; or the hypnotic .gif animations made from seemingly incongruous, discarded fragments of media; or perhaps his “dirty new media” aesthetic that brings to the surface the aberrations and raw imperfections that are typically verboten in “high-end” digital circles.

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