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The Animated Gif Exhibition

Posted by James Cartwright,

The gif has been a much-loved staple of online moving image since its inception in 1987, more or less defining the look of the internet in the mid-1990s – how could we forget all those garishly shimmering pixelated mastheads? Less well-known is the phenakistoscope, the first device ever to give the illusion of movement to still images. Pieterjan Grandry’s The Animated Gif Exhibition in Antwerp merges these two technologies to produce analog gifs that exist in the physical world. Expect nodding kittens, beach scenes and the aforementioned shimmering effects.


Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.