Art Basel: Opening Night of "Moving The Still"
The opening of Tumblr and Paddle8's collaborative exhibiton Moving The Still: A GIF Festival (literally) set the night in Miami into motion. As beach balls bounced playfully from person to person and food trucks kept everyone full outside the large Wynwood Warehouse, inside the celebration of 25 years of GIF magic was drenched in Smartwater and Belvedere's cocktails that were created especially for Moving The Still. Over 70 different GIFs from various contributors like artist Aaron Young, photographer Nick Knight and fashion house ThreeASFOUR were projected onto the darkened walls of the warehouse in the heart of Art Basel. Also on display was A Short History of the GIF, a short film directed by Sean Pecknold and produced by LEGS that showed viewers just where the GIF came from.
The selection council that consisted of eight members, including Michael Stipe, Nicola Formichetti and the Rodarte sisters also announced their individual choices for best in show. Among these selections were a mixture of cartoon animation, typography and photography GIFs that ran the gamut of GIF capabilites. The constant strobe of GIF projections colorfully lit the room while attendees danced the night away to DJ sets by Dan Deacon and Wild Nothing. The event was a perfect celebration for this new medium in the worlds of art and technology.