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Graph Paper Doodles Come To Life In Mesmerizing GIFs

17 Sep

So we have all been there, sat in maths class, not really understanding whats going on and doodling on our graph paper. Well this artist has taken it a step further and animated the doodles. They are so different to the other GIF’s I have looked at which is one of the reasons I like them. (Give the GIFs a few minutes to work if not click on the image and they should come to life)

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In addition to being an ideal vehicle for pet follies and YouTube pratfalls, animated GIFs have emerged as a versatile new medium for visual art in the Internet age. Art GIFs–as opposed to, I guess, “LOL GIFs?”–run the gamut from simple optical illusions and early Internet kitsch to theevocative Cinemagrams that set the Internet on fire for a few days last year. Alma Alloro’s GIFs fall somewhere in between, serving as a commentary on the relationship between analog and digital media–and also just giving you something cool looking to zone out to while you eat your lunch at your desk.


The collection, Further Abstracts, shows geometric doodles sliding and spinning with life on plain old graph paper. It’s basically what every day-dreaming trig student wishes would happen with his time-wasting sketches. In fact, that was more or less Alloro’s impulse for creating them.

“I made many still image drawings in the same style before,” the Tel Aviv-born artist told Co.Design, “and was curious to see what it would look like in animation.” But in addition to being relatively high quality and easy to disseminate, Alloro thinks GIFs represent a new kind of frontier in visual art–something related to but separate from its older sibling, video art. “Video ‬art began as a comment on cinema‫,‬ and I think it was never capable to become free from that role,” Alloro explained. “Now‫,‬ when videos occupy about 50‫%‬ of any important biennial, it seems like GIFs are replacing video-art and becoming the new avant-garde ‫.‬.. It is also part of this new trend to bring the Internet to a gallery space and vice versa.”


As if to prove her point, Alloro’s GIFs have been chosen for exhibition at the Caesura Gallery, an online-only collection that places some (relatively) traditional visual pieces, like a set of photographs of cleverly Photoshopped beer cans, alongside some more novel web-based works. Jesse Darling’s Menetekel (2012, Spray paint, animated GIF), another piece on the site, wins the award for collapsing the most media in the shortest amount of time: The work is a 7-second animated GIF of a hooded figure spray painting the Twitter hashtag #IRL on a brick wall, in real life. Basically, Alloro’s GIFs–a timeless analog time waster presented in the Internet’s freshest time wasting file format–are right at home.

Furthering their artistic bona fides, GIFs have even been accompanied by some jargon-heavy explicatory text. Alloro’s friend and fellow artist Gabriel S. Moses writes, “Alloro revives the Bauhaus movement’s celebrated core symbols (the triangle, square, and circle), only to subvert their refined ideology of functional beauty. Replacing iconic solid colors with a hyper-saturated radiance, the bare technical grid-aesthetics of these corrupted Bauhaus designs render the modern myth of functionality obsolete.”

He’s not kidding, Alloro insists, but she does admit she didn’t have much of that in mind when she was making the GIFs. “It’s nice not to over-analyze your own works,” she told Co.Design. “Let someone else do that.”

Check out the rest of the Further Abstracts GIFs at the Caesura Gallery.





Animated GIFs That Show Cool Kids Made Of Stardust

13 Sep


These animated GIFs are fantastic. If you have seen my other posts on animated GIFs you’ll probably know I have a slight obsession with them at the moment. These show people with stardust, random yes but they are still amazing photography and animation. Like my other posts if they don’t work straight away give them a few moments or click on the actual image and they should work.

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For decades, scientists have known that we–along with everything else on the planet–contain bits of stardust. That bit of real-life magic has made its way into countless lines of poetry and one horrible Moby song. It is also the basis for Ignacio Torres’s Stellar project, a series of animated GIFs picturing men and women seemingly floating amid sparkling star particles.

The Texas-based photographer says that his interest in “our celestial ancestry” began in college, where he took several astronomy courses and started to read and watch Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series. “At the same time,” Torres tells Co.Design, “I was obsessed with the stylistic imagery inAlejandro Jodorowsky films, which mostly consisted of desert landscapes. So he decided to combine the two–recruiting friends to be photographed among cacti in El Paso while being pelted with baking flour and confetti. “The process of creating the imagery was an adventure in itself,” he writes. “It was always a battle against time because I was relying on the brevity of the sunsets to create the right mood.”

To achieve the 3-D effect, Torres used stereoscopy, shooting four images from different angles and then compiling them into a single animation that creates the illusion of depth. The movement, according to the artist, “serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.” The floating quality belies the more mundane considerations of the setup: “The most difficult part,” Torres says, “is getting the models to jump at the exact time that the flour and confetti are thrown at them.”








Banksy’s Street Art Comes Alive As Animated GIFs

10 Sep

Banksy is an amazing artist, most people know this. Very few people have been lucky enough to come across one of his original pieces. These animated GIF’s bring some of his pieces alive. If they don’t work straight away given them a few minutes, if you still don’t get any joy click on the image and they should work 🙂

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Drawing inspiration from the works produced by renowned street artistBanksy, Tumblr blog ‘Made By ABVH’ has recreated several of his iconic works—making them ‘come alive’ as animated GIFs.






More Awe-Inspiring GIFs from Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

29 Aug

This is self explanatory, read and just absorb the awesomeness of these two geniuses. give the gifs a few moments and if they dont work click on the image and they should spark to life.

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‘There was a time, not too long ago, when the term “cinemagraph” was being thrown around and internet culture gravitated toward this amalgamation of still shots and modest yet aesthetically effective movement. New York-based photographer Jamie Beck and her counterpart Kevin Burg first coined the term last year, gaining a lot of recognition for their cinematic images with subtle movement. My Modern Met even had the opportunity to interview the creative forces behind the perfected animated gifs. Since then, the duo has continued to develop breathtaking gifs, often focusing on fashion, and share it on their blog From Me To You.

The motion in each image exhibits just the right amount of movement. Whether it’s hair or clothing hit by a slight breeze, dangling jewelry swaying back and forth, or the endless burning flame in an otherwise frozen world, the calculated action serves a purpose in adding to the mood or aesthetic. Each gif takes a moment in time and eternalizes it in a series of repetitive loops of motion. There are also those few images that I like to call “wait for it” shots because it seems like an average still shot for a longer period of time than you’d expect and then something quickly and briefly changes.

Take a look at some of our most recent favorites, below.’


















Ever so subtle gifs

29 Aug

Another amazing article about animated gifs, apart from this one focuses on people and very subtle animations have been added. Showing that you don’t need to go all out and over the top with an animation, even the smallest one can turn heads and get you noticed. Love this post, I hope you do too. Like my other posts, give them a few minutes to work, if not click on the image and it should come to life.

‘It’s been a few months since we first wrote about how gifs have been taken to a higher art form with Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg’s Cinemagraphs. Since then we’ve seen others show us their own high quality work like Mike Pecci, who made us stop and stare at his Living Images.

We can’t get enough of this trend, so when we saw Ana Pais’ series, Eternal Moments, we knew we had to write about it. The 24-year-old freelance graphic designer and photographer creates these gifs from a music video called Keep on Dancingwhich was directed by André Tentugal. Notice the muted colors and the subtlety. A blink of an eye, a rock of the head, smoke seeping out of the mouth…almost feels ghostly… ‘

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Story Behind Those Stunning Cinematic Gifs

29 Aug

So seens as though you all liked the Cinemagraphs I found I thought I would look into them more. Here is an article I found on about the story behind the cinematic gifs. Give the gifs a moment to work, if not click on the image and it should start playing for you.

‘Here at theMET, we’re always looking for creative projects that catch our eye. More than anything, we love posting about work that pushes boundaries, showing our audience something that has been changed, flipped or spinned into something magically different. Then, we see it as our job to find out the story behind such projects. What inspired the artist or photographer to start down that path? What do they hope others get out of their work?

A few days ago, when Met member Mark Huckabee put up a post called Astounding Animated Gifs, we knew we had to dig deeper. We got in touch with Jamie Beck and her partner Kevin Burg to ask them about their “cinemagraph” technique where they combine still photographs and video to create these magnificent mini films. (Did you know that the project is a combination of Kevin’s background in motion graphics and Jamie’s street photography?)’

What’s been the response like, so far, on your animated gifs? How has the internet responded?
The online response has been really wonderful. When we first started creating these together we felt it was a new form of photography adapted for a digital age. You never know if people are going to feel the same way you do but with the incredible response it seems people also respond to this form of storytelling.

Which of them is your favorite piece and why?
We love Anna Sees Everything (last one in this post.) We feel that it captures a portrait of her in a moment that is the essence of what she does.

What do you hope others get out of these works?
We hope to transport people to the moment, to take you a step closer to the subject. We want people to feel like they get to linger and look at something, almost in a voyeuristic way. In life, when you catch a moment, it can be gone in an instant or you instinctively look away. Through our images, the moment lasts forever and you can look as long as you like.

Which gif has been the most popular and why do you think that is?
Our series with Coco Rocha was the most popular collection and the single most popular cinemagraph factoring in pageviews and Tumblr notes is Meet Me at the Bar. We think that there’s a surprising aspect to it – it masquerades as a still photograph but then a car drives by. There’s also a romantic element to the story the image tells… at least we feel that way.

Were you inspired by other gifs or anyone else before you started this more artistic ones?
For us it happened very organically out of a need to show something more than a photo but not quite a video, and to stay true to Jamie’s photography. There have been a lot of really interesting things being done with gifs in recent years and since getting our work out there people have sent us links to other artists creating cool stuff within the gif medium. Our hope is that in the future there are many people creating original content in a similar way…in their own personal style.

What do you have next in store for us?
We hope to continually improve our storytelling abilities through our cinemagraphs. We’re testing with better cameras, meeting talented people we can work with and hoping to do more editorial collaborations. We’re also compiling an intimate look at New York City through this new medium. We’re looking to explore other ways to utilize cinemagraphs outside of the web through devices like iPad and through forthcoming display technologies.’

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Awesome Life of Light Graffiti Skeletons

23 Aug

I actually clicked on this by accident, but I’m really glad I did. These light skeletons are amazing. I especially love the animated one. and would love to see more of these cheeky skeletons and what they get up to. If the image below doesn’t start moving, click on it and you will be able to see the skeletons funky dance moves.


“We’ve seen light graffiti before, but none as lively as these skeletons by Los Angeles-based Darius Twin (aka Darren Pearson). Twin began light painting since 2008, after seeing an image from Gjon Mili that captured Pablo Picasso creating a light drawing called Picasso Draws A Centaur.

Often times, people assume that Twin’s images are photoshopped, but they are not. He pioneered the light painting technique of spinning a glass prism in front of the camera while shinning light into the lens to create rainbow prismatic circles.

“Every movement is tracked precisely, and getting any recognizeable form is difficult,” says Twin. “At the end of a blindly illustrated 5 – 7 minute exposure, you either have an image that works, or a luminous tangle with the disjointed parts of what you’ve intended.” – Taken from