SISSY FIGHT! SISSY FIGHT!
gif by sstage
Stage is great and I've been reblogging him for about a year now. I like this but he went a little off track here, as the GIF suggests the continued relevance of determining where the art happens
I think this GIF suggests the continued relevance of "aaaaaaaaaugghhhh! gnarrr."
Right, but please see my other comment.
I think there is a continued relevance to determining where the art happens. If my students, for example, read that thread, they would probably come away with the impression that there is a GIF art movement (like, the kind with a manifesto maybe in the works) and the argument is about whether or not GIFs comprise an avant-guard art world revolution. But this is a post-medium art environment - artists use whatever tools make the most aesthetic sense in the moment. To adopt a polemic attachment to any medium feels like climbing into a restrictive, rule-bound box. "Where does the art happen?" is a much more interesting question than, say, "are GIFs the next big thing?" Personally I prefer "How does the art happen?" but that's an exploratory, speculative, aesthetic question that there's no room for in the tit-for-tat thread on AFC.
But you did comment on that thread.
I wasn't arguing for a GIF revolution, I was saying as someone who uses them (among other things) what I think their most salient properties were. "Interchange" or "please remix me" is not the main reason I made OptiDisc, to give an example. Will found this unacceptable and went nuclear. You stepped in in support of the "art happens here" GIF as an at least adequate statement of the show. Arguing why a GIF might be better than say, YouTube, is not the same as "adopting a polemic attachment to a medium." Reminder: Greenberg I ain't.
I know your Gif theories have more scope and nuance - that's why the pitched battle approach is detrimental. I like the clarifications you make in your blog post today.
Belatedly returning to this...
"...the redefinition of "critic" as "a troll who inspires" maybe isn't so bad." (1)