GIF Free For All

In early September I participated in the GIF Free For All online ehxibition, launched in conjunction with Computer Art Congress 4 – CAC4 Rio de Janeiro, and curated by A. Bill Miller. More info:

Animated GIFs can be created by anyone and are about anything. The animated GIF is ubiquitous and democratic. Online, it’s proliferation coincides with the developing ways we use the Internet. As a unique and accessible moving image filetype, animated GIF functions on the logic of openness and distributed networks in a time of increasing data surveillance and restrictions to access by governing bodies and corporate capitalization of data-spaces.

GIF Free For All is an online exhibition of animated GIFs created by 19 international artists. By acknowledging the range of contemporary and popular culture uses, this exhibition seeks to expand the conversation surrounding animated GIFs within Art contexts. By occupying server spaces worldwide, by circulating endlessly, by evolving and shifting over time, by looping and tiling in expanding frames and windows, the animated GIF is FREE FOR ALL.

For this I created two new gifs which make use of the [tof/animate] object in Pure Data and Inkscape:


Whitney Kimball of Art F City described my gifs as “a joke that you don’t get unless you watch both GIFs and read their file names”. Thanks!

Click through to see the gifs from the other 18 artists.

Interartive – Art + Copyright

I have some artwork in the online exhibition of the 50th Issue of Interartive, which looks specifically at Art and Copyright

Art + Copyright

Art & Copyright is the result of a selection of texts and works among a great number of proposals received in an open call for submissions. Also included are some texts directly selected by the editorial committee due their relevance to the topic. In this issue, our Virtual Gallery hosts the work of several artists and is presented as a group exhibition.

Following the interdisciplinary nature of InterArtive, the selected texts and artworks intend to give an overview –as complete as possible- of the phenomenon of copyright and the free culture movement as its counterpart. The content of this special volume raises the issue of copyright in relation to programming, music, digital culture, but also in the context of science and biology –copyright laws applied in medicine and life itself. At the same time, it highlights the issue of appropriation as a means of creating culture: although artistic creation and scientific research had always been based on the achievements of the past, today’s remix culture projects the value of creation as a “yeast” for subsequent transformations.


The works and projects presented in the online exhibition create an open and all-encompassing path: Copyright laws and rights, violation and piracy, ownership and dialogue with art history and cinema, literature and language itself, Copyright versus open culture.

I have several gifs from the upcoming Copyright Atrophy project, which is due to launch next month, as part of the issue.

adobe_ca dell_ca nvidia_ca

android_ca hp_ca starbucks_ca

See the whole issue here.

Comic Sans Must Die

Comic Sans Must Die

Love it or hate it, Comic Sans is one of the most popular fonts in the world.

Vincent Connare designed the font for Microsoft in 1995. He described it is best being used for “new computer users and families with children”. Despite this it has constantly been misused and can be seen everywhere from school letters, e-mails from government officials and even in documents about the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

Since it was unleashed on the world there have been multiple calls by designers for the font to be abolished completely, most famously by the Ban Comic Sans website.

Comic Sans Must Die is a project that satisfies every designer’s dream: to see Comic Sans die a slow and painful death. Every day the individual glyphs of Comic Sans will have their demise displayed for all to see.

Comic Sans Must Die is a project conceived by me with code contributions from Richard Clifford.

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