OFF BOOK: “Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium”

Chances are, your students are on Tumblr right now looking at and creating animated GIFs. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, then watch this:

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off Book, they chart their history, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences.

Off Book is a great web series from PBS that explores the lesser known terrain of 21st century art.  You can follow Off Book on Tumblr or Twitter.  There’s also a great website to check out all this stuff: PBS Arts.

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