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Moving the Still: Animated GIF Fest Lauds Best
Moving the Still is the first big-time open-submission curated festival celebrating the art of the animated GIF. After wrapping up the open call (and receiving more than 3,500 GIFs in the virtual mailbox), the fest’s council of luminaries chose their favorites for a live exhibition during Miami Art Week 2012. Check out the animated circle of honorees above. And if you happen to be in Miami, you’re invited to a cool shindig capping the festivities. Say hello to the web’s favorite art form — for the next fifteen minutes, at least.
Confessions of a Michael Stipe
“It’s only been six months,” longtime R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe says quietly. “So it’s really hard to even figure out who I am.” The 52-year-old is of course referring to life after his band, who — after three decades, 15 albums, and a meteoric rise from indie icons to mainstream superstars — announced they planned to “call it a day.”
“It’s pretty wild,” Stipe says. “I have this sensation that I’ve never felt … It’s kind of a newfound freedom.”
It was the end of an era, and not only for Stipe, but for anyone who’d grown up with REM. And yet, even as Stipe soul-searches, he is making some of the most creative work of his life. He’s got a studio in downtown Manhattan, where he is creating bronze sculptures of old cameras and cassette tapes. He’s producing a documentary about Internet fame. He (was) on Instagram, until a few weeks ago, when he proclaimed he did not want “any part” of Facebook “up in my grill.” And he has a crazy, beautiful, eccentric Tumblr — Confessions of a Michael Stipe — that he uses as a scrapbook to document it all. We sat down with Stipe at the Tumblr offices (among many giddy staffers) to get inside his head.