Among the headlining events for this year’s PULSE Art + Technology Festival (presented by Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts), is the Savannah GIF Festival — an art experience completely dedicated to the internet’s favorite animated bitmap: the GIF. Opening on Saturday, January 24 at 6pm, the Festival will showcase GIFs made and submitted by artists around the world. The infinitely-looping animations on display will run the gamut from bizarre to serenely beautiful, showing off nearly every animation style imaginable.
Submissions to the Savannah GIF Festival are still open and artists are invited to submit their animations in any of five categories (funny, weird, trippy, creepy, or ambient) to the Festival’s tumblr page before January 17. The selected GIFs will be shown in the atrium of the Jepson Center for the Arts and accompanied by a live musical performance from local artists Ross Fish, Chris Glass and Garrett Kemp. The Medeology Collective, a group of multimedia performance artists, will also perform.
If you can’t make it out to the Jepson Center on the 24th, don’t worry – the event will be livestreaming on YouTube, artrisesavannah.org and on the Festival’s GIPHY partner page. A live poll taken during the screening will select the best GIF in each category for consideration to win the Festival’s prize: the Golden Floppy.
Here’s a taste of what you can expect to see on the 24th. Visit the Savannah GIF Festival’s tumblr page to see more.
“Many Move” by Ryan Seslow
by Dax Norman
“Sweater Weather” by Sara Litzenberger