(Mouse over the top image for Ken’s fave GIFs of 2012)
Ken Freedman’s playlists as repository of GIFs, synches rhythms
GIFs as visual analogue to audio loops and samples
The modern Zoopraxiscope
“The zoopraxiscope captured evanescence, replaying tiny moments of everyday life so we could see them in a new way”, notes Clive Thompson, and “the animated GIF lets us stop and ponder a single moment in the stream, to resee something that otherwise would zip by unnoticed.”
In sports, common on Twitter for fans to demand a gif of notable moments. They usually get them:
the GIF stands as an uniquely autonomous artifact – who makes them, where do they come from?
something almost illicit (in a 4chan sort of way), immune from copyright, and a means for video in places where video usually does not live (comment threads, avatars, etc…)