The Boxing Cats | Screening: I DON’T GIF A F**K

Animation
  • Thu 19.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
  • Fri 20.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sat 21.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sun 22.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
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This old, black and white animated GIF is excerpted from The Boxing Cats, a 23″ movie from 1894 directed by W.L. Dickinson and shot at the Thomas Edison’s Black Maria studio. In The Boxing Cats Edison, along with his assistant William Kennedy, Laurie Dickson and fellow filmmaker William Heise predicated people’s love for cats on camera. Some might damn them for doing so, but the Internet wouldn’t be quite the same without our unhealthy fascination with them. Just think, this was shot in Edison’s Black Maria movie studio, the world’s first, which sat atop a turntable so that it could be repositioned according to the sun for best light conditions. All for cats!

ARTISTS


OKKULT Motion Pictures (IT)

Alessandro Scali (1972, artist & creative researcher) and Marco Calabrese (1985, visual & art maker) are OKKULT Motion Pictures: Art, Education and Entertainment through Animated GIFs, a Tumblr-based project created in Italy in 2012. OKKULT Motion Pictures aims to bring to light the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright moving images occulted in Internet archives, through a series of animated gifs. A digital curation project for the diffusion of open knowledge. At the same time, we create our own art GIFs experimenting various techniques such as stereoscopic GIFs, cinemagraphs, ASCII GIFs, talking GIFs etc. to show all the potentialities of the GIF as a true work of art, at the same level of a painting or a sculpture.

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