The GIF Machine

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In collaboration with Jeremy Eichenbaum & Katie Miyake

While tinkering with an IP address camera, Jeremy scrolled through the folder where the new images we being placed. He toggled between them to make a live animated gif. Right then, we knew we had to keep going in the direction of live gifs. We set up the camera and a projector and started gif-ing.

Over the course of three weeks we were able to refine the interaction and concept. We were able to build a relationship with people in the space allowing for a more comfortable interaction where people could have fun.

Paul Arden says, “Ideas are open knowledge. Don’t claim ownership. They’re not your ideas anyway, they are someone else’s. They are out there floating by on the ether.” We took this idea and used gifs to communicate it by asking people to pose like the person before them and then make their own new pose for the next person to copy. In the video above, you can see how each person’s idea flows throughout the interaction.

This project has been installed for parties at Art Center College of Design and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.