PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS AN ANIMATED GIF (1996)


The year is 1996. Who is this cyborg-narrator that twitches in gif animation? Is it nothing more than herky-jerky video created especially for the 28.8 external modem attached to the idealized, distributed Other? Like Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Bruce Nauman before him, Amerika uses the self-portrait model to investigate what Beckett called "the poisonous ingenuity of Time in the science of affliction," while simultaneously experimenting with the playfulness of this new medium he is quickly attaching himself too. Compressing all of his thoughts into one ever-changing meme destined for 24/7 distribution in the neural network, Amerika the artist and Amerika the alternative cultural icon both become a flickering meta-tag of unspecified origin.
 
Portrait of The Artist As An Animated GIF