Your life seems so adventurous and beautiful and exciting and mines is just so boring and un exciting because where I live is not so fun and it's just a normal town with nothing beautiful in it
Every place has beauty in it. You just have to look at it differently. The first pic below is the one I took in the same place of the second pic from Google maps. See the difference? Don’t look at things the way they are, look at things the way you want them to be.
When I was 7 I thought I was a cat so my mom bought me a cat bowl and our two cats had their own bowls too so we, as a gang of cats, used to eat snacks all together and rest on the carpet and I was so happy to be a cat. When I grew out my “cat phase” and I asked my mom why she never told me I wasn’t a cat she replied “you were happy thinking that way. and you were the cutest kitty of them all”
Check out the full 240 page book cataloguing this years festivities and exhibitions here! They had some nice things to say in highlighting the GIF “Dust Loops” below:
FILE GIF 2016 – patterns GIF as time paradox: between transience and permanence
Patterns are repetitions that occur in time. There is no realization of a pattern without the temporal element that makes possible the perception of something that repeats. Time, on the other hand, is unfathomable. We develop strategies to perceive it, demarcating seconds, minutes, hours and years. We think we can preserve it somehow, such as when we use photography to recall a moment that is gone. However, the reality is that time escapes us all the time, at every breath.
The perception of time has been problematized by many theorists that study the impact of technical and technological inventions in our everyday life since the end of the 19th century with the Industrial Revolution. With the advent of the telephone and television broadcasts, the exchange of information starts taking place “live”. If before we would take days, weeks or months to receive some information, now, with internet and mobile devices, this information becomes available almost at the same time that it is produced for geographically distant locations. Time and even space become ubiquitous.
GIFs are a typical phenomenon of the ubiquitous online networks in the early 21st century. Invented in the late 1980s, they were a way to produce, transmit and store images in low resolution compatible with the technology of the time. Today, this objective was diluted and they represent the dissemination of patterns that, precisely because of its scope, communicate with much of the web users, becoming memes, cultural phenomena whose information is propagated through the internet with great impact, viralizing. As soon as they are produced and disseminated, these memes are lost because of their ephemeral nature, but do not cease to exist. Thus, like memes, we can say that GIFs are paradoxical. Ephemeral and permanent, that is, related to patterns, therefore, to something that is formed on time, even if that time is short and ubiquitous.
GIFs and memes are generally produced by anonymous, but, increasingly, there are artists that choose this way to develop their poetic. In this edition of FILE, we present a selection of more than 40 proposals that emphasize the own medium structure addressing patterns, emphasizing or breaking them, whether they are behavioral (individual and social) or formal.
The highlight of the exhibition is “Dust Loops”, by Sumit Sijher. As the name suggests, the GIF contains points that move along the frame as dust particles. The movements seem chaotic and random, but the sequence has only 20 frames that repeat in 2 seconds. This makes curious the fact that we cannot follow the complete trajectory of a particle over these 2 seconds, not even over 10 or 60. According to the artist, we would need half an hour for this. This GIF meets the proposal of this exhibition, for time here is fundamental for its comprehension. It is a way to expand the notion of GIF, whose visualization usually is very brief, as well as its creative possibilities.
The production of Sijher and of all the other artists in the exhibition can be found online, spread through the internet in several sharing websites and platforms. They represent part of the diversity of GIFs produced in recent years, which result from different creative processes with algorithms, photographs, drawings and animations, but have in common the repetition that occurs in the physical and online networks.
- Fernanda Albuquerque de Almeida FILE GIF 2016 Curator
For reference sake, you can find the particular intothecontinuum GIFs and their abstracts that appeared in FILE, and the corresponding Mathematica code on this Tumblr blog here:
“Dust Loops” “The seemingly random and chaotic motion of 5,000 particles are captured in just 20 frames which repeat in a mere 2 second long loop, but results in a much longer apparent motion. If the motion of any single particle is followed it takes about 30 minutes for the particle to return to its original location.”
“A stack of blocks spin around at varying speeds: relative to the 1st block at the bottom of the stack, the 2nd block spins twice as fast, the 3rd block spins three times as fast, and so on… The overall motion results in fluctuating moments of order and disorder in the overall structure as it continuously twists about itself.”
“Using algorithmic randomness, various colored disks fade in and out while conforming to a 13-fold rotational symmetry giving the appearance of a kind of flower in a state of perpetual bloom.”
“A series of bell-like curves sway back and forth while being overlayed vertically, and having their motion slightly out of phase from the preceding layer. The resulting dynamics reveal apparent motion in both directions along the vertical; however, as made evident by the static horizontal lines, nothing is actually moving up or down in the visual field.“
Remember that one scene in Jurassic Park? The one where Lex hacks the computer system in order to lock a door and protect everyone from the raptors, and exclaims…
That was basically the whole premise for our game.
It starts with the same basic premise as the scene in the movie : you have to find a file. To make it more interesting than your average
hidden object game, you need to hack specific Search Nodes (purple files) which, upon successful hacking, will help you narrow down which potential Golden Folder contains what you’re looking for. Don’t pick the wrong one though, all the other ones are full of viruses and bad stuff!
Fun fact : the filenames you’ll see in the game are lifted from your hard drive, and 8.3ified for formatting and retro-chic reasons!
Hacking involves mashing your keyboard until code appears, and hitting the return key where the line endings are, just like in real life. The
hacking minigame was heavily inspired by hackertyper.net, a fantastic way to feel like you’re real good at making up C code on the fly. However, we gamified it (oh, the horror) by not letting you go further than line endings, and adding a timer.