[GIFs] Multifarious: Space Art and GIF Technology

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Welcome back to Multifarious, our weekend arts linkblog. What’s new in our own personal art worlds? What’s new in unusual art? 

PasteDesign has discovered the best thing. The best thing! There is now a giphoscope! The Giphoscope looks a bit like a haunted rolodex, with a moment from a film playing forever inside. It’s a low tech creation of something that was once high tech, but has long since become commonplace. The GIF and the rolodex are both passe but they do have their uses.

Giphoscope takes gifs off of the screen and transforms them into handcrafted pieces of design. Combining the best of 19th and 20 century design, Italian designers Alessandro Scali and Marco Calabrese have made breathtaking, one of a kind creations. Similar to a flipbook the Giphoscope uses a sequence of images on a rolodex that has a handle so it can be turned. The Giphoscope can be customized using your own gif or short video clip and is available in three different styles.

So charming. So internet. Remember: when technology has become ordinary, the only thing left is to commit art.

Ruby Rod GIF

— Megan

NPR’s most recent Sci-Fri featured MOMA senior design curator Paola Antonelli discussing the MOMA’s most recent acquistions, but what really grabbed my attention was her mention of the design and violence exhibit. The exhibit is an online curatorial experiment, kind of set up like a MOOC (massive open online course). The site updates with info on the exhibit, and readers can make comments.

The exhibit is pretty open to interpretation. Exhibits range from the AK-47 and correctional facilities to posters protesting FGM (female genital mutilation) and how design can facilitate humane farming. The openness of what violence is or means in design allows multiple readings of the exhibits while also implicating the designers as well as how we all participate in the intersection of the two.

You can also sign up for weekly updates which I highly recommend. I appreciate the MOMA engaging folks who simply can’t make it all the way to NYC.

— Ginnis

And in other space-art news, Motherboard writes about the new film, From Above, which looks at how astronauts take photographs in space. It’s not easy — consider speed, timing, focus, cloud cover.

— Megan

David W. E. Hone, Helmut Tischlinger, Xing Xu, Fucheng Zhang - Hone DWE, Tischlinger H, Xu X, Zhang F (2010) The Extent of the Preserved Feathers on the Four-Winged Dinosaur Microraptor gui under Ultraviolet Light. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9223. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009223, This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.

I like these reminders we get every so often that fancy visuals, pop and “awesomeness” are not the be-all and end-all of importance. (See also: dinosaurs shouldn’t be accepted as feathers because feathers can also be awesome, but because they probably were feathered.) A “colour version” of a photograph of a comet is just… grey. 

Just as scientists have expected, the comet is very gray and only has subtle color variations on the surface, so the color photo turned out not very different from the earlier black and white renderings of the comet.
— Claire
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Editor-In-Chief. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.