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Habituation - Michelle Ando
GIFs, in a way, are digital habits. Their file format is compressed so that they don’t take up much memory, which allows for easy uploading and display. The visual images are performed again and again, by a computer, to create an endless loop of a motion.
attention  gif  art  hands  automation 
november 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Olia Lialina. A Vernacular web. Indigenous and Barbarians.
So what was this culture? What do we mean by the web of the mid 90's and when did it end? To be blunt it was bright, rich, personal, slow and under construction. It was a web of sudden connections and personal links. When the web belonged to amateurs it belonged to the people. You knew that behind this page and email address was a person you could contact with a question, admiration or an insult. And people did. In time the feedback elements on private sites became more modest but they haven't disappeared. They're still present. What has been lost is the custom of sending feedback. There are many reasons for this but primarily it relates to the above mentioned professionalization and automation of being online and the transition to more sophisticated forms of interaction and communication: filling in, ordering, updating, repeating passwords, contacting support, tracking, informing info@ then proceeding to the check out.
browsers  internet  gif  webdesign  design  media_history  webmaking  making 
march 2015 by rachaelsullivan
The Visual Poetry of Anatol Knotek | Electric Literature
Knotek also shares a concern with the digital; many of his pieces have become works of GIF art in which language is erased or animated through the movement of multiple frames.
conceptual  visualrhetoric  visualpoetry  art  installation  gif  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Dance as Algorithm: What Happens When an Animated GIF Springs to Life - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
But the thing is: a computer can run a loop perfectly, indefinitely. That very attribute is what makes algorithms work. Computers can run the same set of instructions a million times in a row exactly the same way. A human, even a human computer, cannot. As we watch the dancer spin, we realize: a meme incarnated is a dangerous thing, a live animated gif cannot be as predictable as its digital avatar.
cyborg  machineagency  nonhuman  binaries  dance  gif  human  algorithm  memes  from delicious
august 2013 by rachaelsullivan

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