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share this (somewhere other than facebook)


The above GIF was saved via the browser's "inspect element" feature from a net art project called Share This, by William Wolfgang Wunderbar. (hat tip CW)
Wunderbar's premise is you "feed back" the artist's collages of emojis, etc, into the Facebook data collection juggernaut, in a kind of proactive crapification of the system.
One could disagree with the idea that Facebook is our new reality, necessitating this kind of artistic response. If art is "about" subversion, on some level, the most subversive thing to do with Facebook, still, is not use it. Or share FB-intended work product outside of Zuckerworld. Hence, this post.

- tom moody

September 29th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

untitled (andrej ujhazy)


GIF by Andrej Ujhazy, posted on
I like the suggestion of a battlefield via the insertion of ambiguous "tracer fire."
This could also be strange electrical fields in a parallel Earth scenario.

- tom moody

September 29th, 2016 at 3:08 pm

the rope dancer accompanies herself with her dice bags


top: Man Ray
bottom: Chessex (hat tip andrej)

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September 27th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

charles westerman page reconstituted

Believe it or not web browsers didn't always zoom images. You could enlarge text but the photo or animation remained whatever size it was. When browsers started zooming picture content, initially the Windows and Netscape style browser used "nearest neighbor" resizing, so the creator of an HTML page could make pixel art by taking a 10 x 30 pixel gif and resizing it in HTML to "100%." (Or 300 x 900, or what have you.)
The Safari-style browser treated all images like photos that needed to be smoothed by anti-aliasing out the pixels. This sucked for your pixel art, but eventually all the browsers imitated Apple so it became a moot point.
Sometime in the mid to late '00s Charles Westerman made a page that worked well as pixel art but ran afoul of the Apple "smooth" model. In 2009 this still seemed worth griping about. The page is down in its original location so I am reposting it here. (Kind of like net art reconstruction as practiced by "art and technology" websites.)
Using an online image editing site that still uses nearest neighbor, I made an animated GIF [3.2 MB .gif] at 1000 pixels that approximates what Westerman's page looked like on Internet Explorer and Firefox before they switched over to Steve Jobs smooth jazz.

- tom moody

September 13th, 2016 at 8:32 am












hat tip reneabythe

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September 13th, 2016 at 7:47 am

"Boats," video detail


Screenshot detail from Andy Medeiros' video "Boats."

- tom moody

August 16th, 2016 at 11:54 am

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Inside the Croculus


The Oculus -- or, the Croculus, in honor of its slit eye design and reptilian vibe -- is filling up with high-end mall stores. Breitling, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, etc.

When it first opened, grey panels lined the walls where future stores would be. It was so creepy and sterile (if spectacular) that the Port Authority hung an enormous American flag inside the vault, spoiling the architect's design but warming up the mood and reminding us that We Are Still At War. The flag disappeared as the mall stores began opening, giant photos of bony fashion models being a good-enough equivalent of Old Glory. Orcs are currently erecting some kind of giant bandshell/kiosk thing inside the vault. If the idea is to have music in there, the acoustics will probably be horrendous. Will keep you posted.

Update: The bandshell/kiosk thing was erected for a Grand Opening event for the Croculus. Some kind of terrible live R&B/jazz/lounge group boomed inaudibly in the interior. If you walked in to hear the music you were greeted with signs saying this was a public event and you consented to any use of your likeness captured by photo or video. People packed under the dome seemed to be enjoying themselves. Food was on sale courtesy of Pret a Manger.

Here they are setting up for the event (via AM NY):


- tom moody

August 15th, 2016 at 10:02 am

Posted in art - others

mountain pair


above: found logo
below: kiptok, animated GIF


- tom moody

August 14th, 2016 at 8:31 am

one day in the wall street area

Tourist (with some English): Excuse me, can you tell me where is the boal?
Sane American: Sorry, the what?
Tourist: The bull...
Sane American: Oh, the bull! It's about three blocks up that way.
Tourist: What do you call it, exactly?
Sane American: "The Wall Street Bull." It's stupid. It's a stupid statue.
Tourist: (laughs) Maybe it will make me lucky.
Sane American: Then don't go anywhere near it.

- tom moody

August 7th, 2016 at 10:36 pm

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supreme beef


apologies to Malevich and Nicolas Pioch

Pioch's name appears in the metadata for the shaky meat GIF -- the GIF is dated 1995.
Kazimir Malevich's Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions is dated 1915.

- tom moody

August 4th, 2016 at 8:46 am