2016 / Stop and Go. L’arte delle gif animate

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*english version below

STOP AND GO – L’arte delle gif animate
05 aprile – 22 luglio 2016

Roma, smART – polo per l’arte
a cura di Valentina Tanni e Saverio Verini

Leggere, affascinanti e ipnotiche, le gif animate sono un vero e proprio ‎fenomeno della nostra epoca. L’acronimo che le definisce sta per Graphic Interchange Format, un formato di file in grado di gestire immagini in movimento ‎all’interno delle pagine web creato nel 1987 dalla Compuserve. Molto popolari ‎negli anni Novanta, le gif sono state poi sostituite da software più moderni ‎come Flash e successivamente dai video. È proprio in corrispondenza di questo ‎declino, tuttavia, che il loro uso artistico si è fatto più intenso. Gli artisti ‎apprezzano infatti questo formato per la leggerezza, l’accessibilità, la ‎flessibilità e la tangenza con i mondi della fotografia e del ‎cinema. La nascita e la diffusione dei social network ha favorito negli ultimi ‎anni una diffusione massiccia e virale delle gif, utilizzate non solo come ‎piattaforma creativa, ma anche come elemento linguistico all’interno delle ‎conversazioni online, al pari delle più note emoticon. La mostra STOP AND GO. L’arte delle gif animate intende esplorare l’uso artistico ‎di questa tecnologia, offrendo un panorama ampio e diversificato dei diversi ‎approcci attualmente adottati dalla comunità artistica internazionale. La collettiva comprende i lavori di otto artisti, scelti tra i maggiori esponenti del genere: Bill Domonkos (Toledo, Ohio, 1959), Zack Dougherty (Mountain View, California, 1989), Roberto Fassone (Savigliano, Cuneo, 1986); Carla Gannis (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), Lorna Mills (Canada), Okkult Motion Pictures (Marco Calabrese – Tricarico, Matera, 1985 & Alessandro Scali – Torino, 1972), Chiara Passa (Roma, 1973), James Kerr / Scorpion Dagger (Montréal, Canada, 1978). Ogni autore presenterà il proprio lavoro ‎attraverso un allestimento dinamico, trasferendo ‎queste opere “native” del web all’interno dello spazio espositivo di smART – polo per l’arte.

Roma, smART – polo per l’arte
Piazza Crati, 6/7 – 00199 Roma
www.smartroma.org
http://stop-and-go.tumblr.com

ONLINE EXHIBITION, a cura di Asa Nisi Masa
www.anmgallery.com/stop-and-go


*ENGLISH VERSION

STOP AND GO – The Art of Animated Gifs
curated by Valentina Tanni and Saverio Verini

Light, attractive and hypnotic, animated GIFs are a genuine phenomenon of our time. The acronym GIF stands for Graphics ‎Interchange Format, a file format that created, controlled and visualized moving images within the web pages first created by the company CompuServe in 1987. Very popular in the nineties, GIFs were then replaced by more modern software like Flash and then by audio-visual files. During their decline, however, they have been used more frequently for artistic purposes, as many artists appreciate this format due to its lightness, accessibility, flexibility and close connections with the worlds of photography and film. In recent years the emergence and growth of social networks has favoured a massive and viral increase in the use of GIFs, not only as a creative basis and means of expression, but also as a linguistic platform with employed in the online conversations, like the better-known emoticons. The collective exhibition STOP AND GO. The art of the animated gifs intends to explore the artistic use of this technology, presenting a wide and diversified panorama of the various different approaches currently adopted by the international artistic community. The exhibition includes works by eight artists, who are some of the greatest exponents of the genre. These are: Bill Domonkos (Toledo, Ohio, 1959), Zack Dougherty (Mountain View, California, 1989), Roberto Fassone (Savigliano, Italy, 1986); Carla Gannis (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), Lorna Mills (Canada), Okkult Motion Pictures (Marco Calabrese – Tricarico, Italy, 1985 & Alessandro Scali – Turin, Italy, 1972), Chiara Passa (Rome, Italy), James Kerr/Scorpion Dagger (Montréal, Canada, 1978). All of the artists will present their work in a dynamic way, which transfers these works that are “native” to the web into the exhibition spaces of smART – polo per l’arte.
In May an open public meeting is scheduled together with the curators Valentina Tanni and Saverio Verini, in order to explore various themes and issues related to the use of the GIF in artistic contexts. Some of the artists who are the protagonists of the exhibition will be present and will take part in the discussion of their works. A practical workshop on the creation of animated GIFs is also planned, to be held by the Turin-based group Okkult Motion Pictures during the period of the exhibition STOP AND GO.

 

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