In the past two decades, many artists have adopted the internet as a medium of expression. Amongst the many tendrils of the internet, animated gifs seem to be a favorite among artists. With the charm of cinema or kinetic sculpture, less than the brevity of a youtube video and the happy, throw-away feeling of a .jpeg, the animated .gif is truly a well-balanced medium for expression. However, much mystery still shrouds this seemingly new outlet for artists.
In this brief workshop, Alfredo Salazar-Caro will offer a brief history of the .gif as well as various techniques to create and propagate this fresh format or art. Alfredo is a Chicago based multimedia artist, currently studying at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is part of Chicago’s “Dirty New Media” scene. He also curated [STREET_TEAM], where animated .Gifs and short videos were projection bombed at a number of institutions including the Tate Modern in London, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, BOZAR in Belgium and the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City among others. These guerrilla installations call upon the spirit of graffiti functioning as temporary mash-ups of institutionally sanctioned work and the web-art underground.
This workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30 PM. If you would like to participate and utilize the instructions in real-time, please bring a laptop with Photoshop (CS4 or higher) installed. This is a FREE workshop.