بیت بر ثانیه / Bitrates • GIFbites / گیف بایتس

Shiraz Art House • 23 May - 6 June 2014

As part of Bitrates - an exhibition curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Mani Nilchiani at the Dar-ol-Hokoomeh Project, Shiraz, Iran - Daniel Rourke asked 50 artists to create or curate an animated GIF with a short snippet of audio, to be looped together ad infinitum at Bitrates.GIFbites.com. For the opening of Bitrates a select version of this project will be displayed in the gallery, followed by a complete showcase of all the GIFs for the GIFbites exhibition, opening on May 30th in Shiraz Art House (Daralhokoomeh Project).

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GIFbites

In an era of ubiquitous internet access and the extensive post-production of HD and 3D images, the animated GIF has an ironic status. Small in dimension and able to be squeezed through the slenderest of bandwidths, GIFs hark back to a World Wide Web designed for 640x480 pixel screens; a web of scrolling text, and not much else. Brought on – ironically – by their obsolescence the animated GIF has become a primary medium of communication on the contemporary net. The simplicity, freedom and openness of the medium allows even the most amateur web enthusiast to recuperate images plucked from TV, cinema, YouTube, CCTV footage, cartoons, videogames and elsewhere in their desire to communicate an idea or exclamation to the world. GIFbites is a mesmerising homage to brevity and the potential of poor, degraded images to speak beyond the apparent means of their bitrates. The results will hopefully navigate the web for many years to come, stimulating cut-and-paste conversations undefinable by Google’s search algorithms.

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Featuring the work of 50+ artists

Morehshin Allahyari Mizaru + Kikazaru + Kyoungzaru
Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach Eltons Kuns
Anthony Antonellis Lawrence Lek
LaTurbo Avedon Gretta Louw
Jeremy Bailey Sam Meech
Alison Bennett Rosa Menkman
Emma Bennett A Bill Miller
Benjamin Berg Lorna Mills
Hannah Black Shay Moradi
Andrew Blanton Nora O Murchú
Nicolas Boillot Alex Myers
Tim Booth Peggy Nelson
Sid Branca David Panos
Nick Briz Eva Papamargariti
elixirix Holly Pester
Jennifer Chan Antonio Roberts
Theodore Darst Daniel Rourke
Angelina Fernandez Alfredo Salazar-Caro
Annabel Frearson Rafia Santana
Carla Gannis Jon Satrom
Emilie Gervais Erica Scourti
Shawné Michaelain Holloway Krystal South
Nathan Jones Arjun Ram Srivatsa
Nick Kegeyan Linda Stupart
Jimmy Kipple Sound Daniel Temkin
Milad Frouzande / میلاد فروزنده Mohsen Hazrati / محسن حضرتی
Mohsen Zare & Kamyar Behbahani / محسن زارع و کامیار بهبهانی

Press Coverage

Prosthetic Knowledge: بیت بر ثانیه (Bitrates)

Art F City: Animated GIF Show to Open in Iran

Animal New York: Online GIF and Sound Exhibit

HiLobrow: The GIF Persists

ArtNet: Iranian GIF Exhibition Brings Out the Medium’s
             Sharpest and Silliest

TAR Magazine: Bitrates & Gifbites Landing in Shiraz, Iran