In tech savvy
San Francisco, innovation is celebrated with gusto – a trait exemplified by a new event dedicated to the GIF, a digital art
form born and perpetuated entirely on the internet.
11 to13 October, the workshop, screening and party, dubbed UPLOAD:
GIF, is the first exhibition of this scale in San Francisco – possibly
anywhere in the world – and will turn the
Mission Dispatch parking lot, located between the city’s Portrero Hill and
Mission neighbourhoods, into an animated playground.
Over the last month
people have been submitting their own GIFs via an online contest to be judged by a jury of digital
artists and curators from local arts institutions
such as Yerba Buena Center and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. GIFs
give the illusion of animation, and creative
entries include water draining and refilling a mason jar, a cursor moving and
clicking on a laptop computer screen, and continuously morphing geometric
shapes. The winners will be projected on the walls of the parking lot on
Saturday evening, illuminating most surfaces as well as the neighbouring
curious about GIFs or want to try your hand at creating your own, classes and seminars from
local experts are scheduled on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday evening,
visitors can drop by for a free screening of the film Beyond The Fold, which
follows the lives of 10 origami artists, projected on the parking lot wall.
Lovato is the San Francisco Localite