Sculptures as GIF’s

I’m thinking about mechanical shop mannequins and the idea of how to create a GIF in real life — a sculpture that also functions like a GIF. GIF is a Graphics Interchange Format (GIF /dʒɪf/ JIF or /ɡɪf/ GHIF), Technically, a GIF is a bitmap image format that is animated by combining several other images or frames into a single file. This single file is encoded as graphics interchange format (better known as GIF) and it was officially developed by a team at the online services provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987. Interestingly, GIF’s are the number two most common files on the internet. The short, looping format makes them ideal for repetitive animation and humour.

This Pathé video shows the atelier of Bernard Jepson and his wife in 1951 working on several mechanized moving figure sculptures. The figures cast in rubber seem to have a particularly interesting quality to me. Simple, looping movement has a relationship to GIF animation and the strangeness leaves room for some humour or levity.