Two recent NYU Interactive Technology Projects grads have launched a Kickstarter project called "Physical GIF" that will produce laser-cut zoetropes adapted from animated GIFs that can be played on a regular musical turntable illuminated with a strobe-light. They're hoping to produce a physical object that animated GIF artists can sell to support their work, which is generally distributed without charge online.
In addition to the Physical GIFs above, we've commissioned designs from four prominent animated GIF artists: Ryder Ripps, Nullsleep, Sara Ludy, and Sterling Crispin. Ryder Ripps is the founder of http://dump.fm and one of the pioneers of animated GIF art. Ripps has shown his work widely and collaborated with a number of prominent artists including M.I.A. Learn more about Ryder: http://ryder-ripps.com Nullsleep is a widely-reknowned chiptune musician and computer artist. He's one of the founders of 8bitpeoples and Blip Festival. He's performed all over the world. Learn more about Nullsleep: http://nullsleep.com. Sara Ludy is a musician and new media artist based in Los Angeles whose work has been shown around the country. Her work has been covered by Bad At Sports and Notes on a New Nature. Learn more about Sara: http://www.saraludy.com. Sterling Crispin is a member of animated GIF collective Computers Club. His work deals with the concept of emptiness in Buddhism and the singularity and has been shown all over the country. Learn more about Crispin: http://www.sterlingcrispin.com.
We've asked these artists to produce designs that push and expand the medium of the Physical GIF. We'll be working with them to explore a variety of different materials and processes that can be used to achieve surprising effects. The Physical GIFs they produce will only be available as a numbered limited edition of ten each. They will quickly become highly sought after collectors' items.
Half of the money from the sale of each Artist Edition GIF will go to the artist who designed it. We think that Physical GIFs are a great way to reward the incredible creativity and artistic achievement of animated GIF artists who give away so much of their work for free over the internet.