STORYBOOK GIFS BY SPARROWS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sparrows has been working on a lovely series of imaginative GIFs. Each storybook animation features some form of magical realism where pelicans play scrabble, tattoos bloom from skin, or breakfasts appear to cook themselves. Sparrows works professionally as an illustrator, but these brief standalone pieces are just ideas she wants to exist outside of her head.

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EERIE HUMAN FACES BY ADAM PIZURNY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Adam Pizurny is a 29 year-old graphic designer, working and living in Prague, Czech republic.

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When he was a kid, he wanted to become an inventor. He fulfilled his dream but in a slightly different way. Throughout his childhood he drew on paper until he discovered graffiti and fell in love with it. Graffiti has opened him doors to a wonderful world of discovering type, colors and shapes. Because he grew up alongside a computer, he started to combine everything he loved digitally, and oneday someone told him that was called graphic design.

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Pizury has built an eclectic career out of his experimentation in digital illustration and graphic design. But in 2012, he discovered an exciting new technique when blind artist George Redhawk aka “DarkAngelØne” transformed one of his portraits into a GIF.

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An extension of his original portraits series, Pizurny’s GIFs are an eerily captivating exploration of the human face and our sense of self. Using the same wrinkled face, they magically animate into what look like melting puddles of water or perforated surfaces of the skin that, when set to a loop, are hypnotic- Pizurny once described his work as a sort of photographic vertigo that is an experience of the fragility of appearances.

EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION BY KYTTEN JANAE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kyttenjanae is a media artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work is influenced by all the sadness in her heart and the internet’s small cultures and communities. Interested in the intersection of experimental animation, technology, and interactivity, kyttenjanae creates digital and physical experiences.

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She works with many programs including Cinema4D, Blender, Unity3D, and Processing. She also creates and performs live interactive visuals for shows and concerts. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries, festivals, and shows.

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THE ANTI-CORRUPT SENTIMENTS OF MILOS RAJKOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Milos “Sholim” Rajkovic is a Serbian artist who has found a unique way to express his anti-war and anti-corrupt corporation/government/religion sentiments: with animated GIFs.

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Rajkovic creates animated portraits of anonymous archetypes with deconstructed heads and symbolic components that operate like finely tuned machines. Everything is fair game: a religious figure with alter, candles, and a rotating luxury car; U.S. military figures with weight-lifting Ronald McDonald, skeletons, praying hands, and a flat screen TV playing 24-hour cable news.

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A GIF THAT LASTS 1,000 YEARS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Finnish artist Juha van Ingen and developer Janne Särkelä, made an animated GIF that takes 1,000 years to play. It’s called “As Long as Possible.”

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The artists plan to hit play in 2017, inspired by a technique used in composer John Cage’s never-ending score, “As Long as Possible.” With no designated tempo, Cage’s composition is currently being played in a German church, where it will continue to play for another 625 years. The Finish artists behind the new GIF project will start with the numeral “1” and slowly count up with each frame showing for about 10 minutes.

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Van Ingen and Särkelä are counting the slow march of time with white numbers on a black background, reminding us that time can’t stop.