"twohundredfiftysixcolors" debuts at the Gene Siskel Film Center: Conversations at the Edge Series - 4/18/13
Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.
2013, Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus, digital file, 72 min + discussion
Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs (the file format used to create simple, looping animations online) twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and considered artistic gestures. Chicago-based artists Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus chart the GIF’s evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities, archiving this particular moment in the history of the motion picture and internet culture and reflecting on the future of both.
below still from muybridgelinkrot, animated gif by Mark Beasley, 2012