The Moving the Still art exhibition was a pivotal moment for Tumblr’s GIF community, a chance for eight GIF artists to have their artwork displayed at Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most influential contemporary art shows in North America.
The success of that exhibit has now inspired Tumblr to partner with Rhizome, the New Museum’s media organization, to support the rest of the community’s artists.
Rhizome is commissioning three art grants “with a special focus on projects from artists engaged with Tumblr,” the organization stated.
The road from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Austin, Texas, is roughly 1,750 miles—if you’re looking for the most direct route. We prefer the path less traveled.
Over the next week, I’m cramming into an RV with Tumblr-based artist duo Mr. GIF for an epic trek down to the annual South By Southwest Interactive conference. We’ll pull over in New York, Nashville, Atlanta, and Houston to meet with folks like inspirational blogger Shane “laughingatmynightmare” Burcaw and Tumblr’s top dog, Tommy Pom.
Along the way, we will be GIFing the adventure and trying to find out what the graphics interchange format means to people all across the country.
“I’m hoping to get there safely in one piece, eat some good grub, and meet new rad human beings along the way,” prefaced Mr. GIF’s Mark Portillo. “This trip will show what ‘live GIFing’ really means.”
Keep an eye on the Daily Dot, Tumblr, and Twitter for updates from the road. And if you happen to be in South by Southwest next week, be sure to check out our March 8 panel with Lindsey Weber, The Economy of the GIF, 3:30pm at Omni Downtown.
Winter Storm Nemo is barreling down on the Northeast, ready to bury Boston and New York in feet of snow. While most people are preparing for the horrors of a three day weekend by tweeting about it ad nauseam, others have a better idea.
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