A Queer Guide to GIF-making( return to workshops)

Vector Festival 2020

In 2014, the blogging platform Tumblr existed as a cottage industry of GIF-making, with many users mastering the skill of creating GIFs from video footage of their favourite television show, anime, and Youtube videos. In this two-hour workshop, join multimedia artist Alex Jensen for a crash-course on GIF-making as he explores and shares his own queer history of GIFs and how GIF-making practices are being integrated into contemporary media art.

As part of this workshop, participants will learn how to make animated GIFs from images and videos using the open source image manipulation software GIMP 2.1. Participants will have the opportunity to follow along and create their own GIFs and share their creations with the other participants at the end. This tutorial will focus primarily on creating GIF animations from video footage with the intent that participants explore themes of identity, queerness, and adolescence in their creations; however, participants are welcome to bring all kinds of imagery and animation projects to work on.

Content warning: This presentation and workshop contain mentions of rape and murder of a trans individual while talking about gif and internet based contemporary art works. There will also be flashing and rapid-moving videos and images that may be triggering to some participants who are sensitive to such stimuli.

This workshop is Pay-What-You-Can. Please note that the fee can be waived if it is a financial barrier to participation. Send an email to education@interaccess.org and we will manually register you to the workshop. Once registered, you will receive an email with a Zoom event link on the day of the workshop.

Tuesday July 21st, 2020 18:00 EST

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Alex Jensen

Alex Jensen is an early career multimedia artist living and working on the unceded traditional lands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, in Victoria, BC. Alex is a third generation settler of Scandanavian-English-German descent and was born and raised in the interior of BC. Alex received his BFA from Thompson Rivers University in 2017 before moving to the island to further develop his artistic practice and career in the arts. His practice engages primarily with the themes of memory, popular media, relationships, and queer identity. Through his work, Alex explores ideas of self, and aims to create a space for both contemplation and connection with others. Alex primarily works with image-based media including photography, videography, printmaking, and intermedia sculpture.

Image: Alex Jensen, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

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