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Creative Appropriation with Artist Michael Mandiberg

From the MoMA description:

Join artist Michael Mandiberg for an exploration of appropriation, collage, and found art from an artist's perspective. Mandiberg leads an afternoon conversation on the theory and practice of appropriation, charting a path through MoMA's Sturtevant: Double Trouble exhibition and touching on key works from MoMA's collection to establish a terrain of creative appropriation. To complete the circle, participants make their own digital readymades and appropriations in response to Mandiberg's propositions and provocations.

Today we are going to look at, think about, and make  art from found digital materials. We will do so by reducing or accumulating, contextualizing or decontextualizing animated gifs.

Less is more. Think about the meaning.

Here is our schedule for the day:

1:00-1:15 p.m. Participants arrive (check-in at the reception desk in the Cullman Lobby)
1:15-2:15 p.m. Visit the permanent collection and Sturtevant exhibition as a group.
2:15-3:00 p.m. Meet in Classroom B to discuss digital appropriation, and the challenge for the day
3:00-4:00 p.m. Participants create their own appropriations (using MoMA laptops)
4:00-5:00 p.m. Reflection/ group discussion

Digital Appropriation:


Further reading:

  • Paddy Johnson's History of the Animated Gif, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
  • Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Photography At The Dock: Essays on Photographic History, Institutions, and Practices (excerpt here)

Your Challenge:

Use Animated Gifs (tool 1, tool 2)

If you want to make your animation loop by "rewinding" and playing in reverse, please see this tutorial, starting at 2:35

For Further exploration:

  • Screenshots (demo)
  • Scan a screen (like Boisjoly)
  • Copy and change a website (Site Sucker here and here)