Have you ever wondered what happened to all the GIF animations that sparkled in the dawn of the internet? According to artists Greg Niemeyer and Olya Dubatova, they have become part of the digital subconscious, and the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is presenting what that subconscious might look like, in an exhibit called GIF Collider.
Niemeyer studied both the Internet Archive’s collections of GIF animations and the Prelinger Film Archives from the 1950’s. He noticed how the film archives, which include ads, educational films and propaganda, show a heavy gender and racial bias. In comparison, the GIF animations from forty years later reflect less gender and racial bias—but we can’t help but wonder with more historical distance, what kinds of bias will become apparent in the future?
|What:||GIF Collider 1.0
A showcase at the Berkeley Art Museum
|When:||Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28|
|Where:||Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
|This event is free and open to the public.|