Today Tumblr and Paddle8 will announce their upcoming exhibition and call for submissions to Moving the Still, which will examine the GIF as an art form. If you've been making GIFs since their emergence 25 years ago, now's your chance to present your best mini animations to a selection council that includes Michael Stipe, the Rodarte sisters, Ryan Trecartin, Vinoodh Matadin & Inez van Lamsweerd, and James Frey, who will review the submissions when the open call ends on November 7, 2012, and decide whose work to include in the group exhibition scheduled to open in Miami in December for Art Basel Miami Beach.
Not sure what a GIF is? Patrick Davison of MemeFactory defines it as "an image that's been encoded using the graphics interchange format, where it has multiple frames encoded into a single image file and a web browser or other piece of software will play those images back in animated sequence automatically." The GIF has gotten a bad rap throughout the years, thanks to unfortunate pop culture icons like AOL's You've Got Mail icon and the infamous Dancing Baby, but it's recently reemerged as a viable art form of its own, thanks to people like Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, who created the Cinemagraph (above). You can use their smartphone app to make your own GIFs. Get inspired with this PBS mini doc and submit your own to "Moving the Still" via Tumblr or Paddle8.