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The GIF Economy

  • Deadline:
    Dec. 18, 2009, midnight
  • Location:

The GIF Economy:

As 2009 expires, Weird Fiction exhumes a curious collection of GIF animation, curating items conjured up from a year's worth of trolling in the deep dark dungeons of the internets.

This alongside an emergent compendium of collateral texts, GIF speciation theories and other missives propagated by the (((WFT))) policy institute; who, in an effort to advance their own "ficto-quizzical" mythologies, will facilitate the hoarding of materials on a dedicated electronic storehouse (weird-fiction.net)

At once an instantiation of the "gift economy" and a call to action within the economy of expression roused by the humble parameters of the Graphic Interchange Format. (in)Appropriated material, both solicited and scavenged, will be intermingled within this labyrinthine technocultural milieu.

Denizens of the World Wide Web are implored to reanimate dead media and revive retrograde knowledge structures; deploying anomalous information and thereby accelerating GIF speciation. The GIF is your passport to the immortal realms of mythology mash-ups and off-modern memes. Remember: overexposure to cine-molecular glitch scapes (GIF animations and their kin) may lead to as of yet unknown climes of panopticonscious surrender.

Today through December 18th–Send your GIFs to: weirdfictiongifs@gmail.com On December 3rd live deployments will begin online at weird-fiction.net and onsite at Tractor gallery in Portland, Oregon (Earth)

The following memetic prompts and file name suggestions culled from existing Weird Fiction mythos, may be used to guide your visual strategies and GIF speciation efforts:

-Second-Wave Vampling
-Derelict Theory Objects
-Temporary Autonomous Clone
-Panopticonscientious Objector
-Majestic 12

Additional prompts will be transmitted to the fleshy minds of mammals by way of twitter.com/cthulhucalling