The Graphics Interchange Format Exhibition Website and further discussion of same site at Art Fag City.
(I like this page)
greetings fellow tribalist
(still trying to think of a polite response to will's salvo)
Sally, you said anyone would know that "art happens here" clip art was a quaint artifact (sorry I'm paraphrasing). The problem is the designer of the website thinks it is fantastically relevant and means for it to color how all the other work is received. He even says we should be thankful for this precedent because it gives weight to our otherwise marginal and unprofitable practices.
I've been following the thread on AFC that you are referring to and mostly staying out of it on purpose. I think the discussion is way too polarized, past the point of having much critical value. Not interested in assuming a defensive position with regard to my art practice, and equally not interested in making critical observations that are likely to be interpreted as personal attacks on other people's practice. There's lots to say about GIFs, but I don't want to say any of it in this particular polemic context.
I agree it's polarized but could have used your support. Sometimes when your work is being read through others', aggressively, bend-and-submit-to-my-will-like, you have to speak up even if it means criticizing the work that is being used as a frame. I spoke up, I didn't bend, and now I am a "pole." (Or the internet word that rhymes with pole.)