Mar 12th 2012

Downcast Eyes

@ Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Avenue

Opening Monday, March 12th, from 6PM - 8PM

For this one-night event, twohundrededfiftysixcolors and TAGTEAM have invited artists to bring their laptops to the MCA and present an amalgam of animated GIFs—the only restriction being that everyone’s work be on display only as long as their computer’s battery lasts. The same invitation is extended to the public, where GIF-enthusiasts can bring their charged-up laptops to the MCA and participate in the event. Those who are interested should arrive by 6 pm. At 6:30 pm TAGTEAM and twohunderedfifitysixcolors give brief presentations about their own projects that explore the questions and complexities that arise when a more critical set of eyes is turned to the animated GIF.

twohundredfiftysixcolors is the title of Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus’ upcoming film that explores the complexities embedded within these highly compressed files—from the GIF’s connection to early cinema, its democratization of the creation of moving images spawning a multiplicity of internet memes, and finally its use as a location for considered artistic gestures created within the conceptual/technical parameters of the GIF format.

TAGTEAM is a curating project that stemmed from Jake Myers’ and Christopher Smith’s collaboration on TWEEN, a one night exhibition of animated gifs where 40+ artists played GIFS on their laptop until their batteries died. Recently, TAGTEAM has taken to the approach of colliding disparate ideas as exhibitions, the latest being Short Court: Tropical Aesthletics, where it is hard to tell whether a volleyball match has interrupted a painting exhibition or vice versa.

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