Category: GIF

CT101 YORK Cross Course Collab Part II

The Original Version of the Altered Portraits

CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

This fall semester the students at CUNY York College collaborated on the annual GIF the Portrait project. CT101 is a digital storytelling course that fosters the understanding and application of digital tools while creating a digital identity on the Internet at large! 

CT101 has two sections this fall semester. Whilst learning some new blogging skills each student was asked to write an individual post about someone who inspires and motivates them. They were asked to share why and add contextual links for further clarification. (these can be found on the ct101 website) Using the portrait of that person selected we learned basic electronic image manipulation skills with adobe photoshop. Students also made some basic sequential motion graphics with those manipulated images. Then, they were asked to extract one single still-frame from their individual animations to contribute to the animations above. The result is a fast moving collaborative sequence of portraits. The portraits quickly morph and fragment into a series of animated iterations. Does the word ENERGy come to mind? We hope so (along with a little glitch aesthetic, we hope for that too). After the first animated collab was published, we began pushing the piece further by “examining the potentials of what else may happen?”

Students are now working on screen grabbing the consolidated GIFs and pushing them forward into “various otherness” using the mobile apps below. 

Would you like to remix one? What is stopping you?!!

Stay tuned!

Glitche’ – camera –

Giphy Cam –

Instagram –


Assembly Design App –


Ultra-Pop -Infinite

GifVid (simple tool to covert GIF to Video, Video to GIF on the phone)
iColorama S rich featured image editor that maintains full resolution of images
Decim8 Glitch
ImgPlay – Awesome GIF maker!
Back Eraser – Great to remove background areas and make layers.
Imaengine – Tons of filters, vector conversions, stills & video
Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video


The GIF the Portrait project is an open project promoted by the NET-ART website here on the academic commons. Would you like to join in and submit? Lets chat!


Emojied Movie Moments by Michael Branson Smith

(Statement below)

“Emojied Movie Moments”  
Animated GIFs by Michael Branson Smith
“When was the last time you spoke to someone on the phone? And if you’re over 35-40 think about how much time you used to spend talking on the phone. But not so much these days right? Much of that communication has been supplanted by text based communication – emails, text messages, Facebook messages, forum posts, etc. As well, textual communication has replaced many other interactions which you would have been able to show your way with words. 
And unless you’re a good expressive writer you’re likely including a lot of “!!!!!!” to show your enthusiasm! Bolded important words. Or *important text* surrounding symbols when bolding is not possible. Or maybe an 🙂 smiley emoticon. Or a more intricate  :’-( crying emoticon.
But most likely you’ve moved onto emojis. Those little pictograms that your smart phone recommends when you type “pizza” 🍕or “excited” 😜. They are our new best tool for adding nuance to our textual communications. Because we’re unable to add intonation with our voices or read expressions in faces, we rely on a set of standardized emotional expressions to act as stand-ins. And since the speaker never seems to make it to the set, now when the director says “action” we can only 😕.”

MBS is an Associate Professor of Communications Technology at York College and he Groks GIFs.

“WE” – From the NET-ART Open Submissions Series

Responding to the Open Call for Submissions here on the NET-ART website comes a collaborative animated GIF / Video Art piece from MFA/MA Graduate students at LIU Post. (A few of the students are CUNY alumni)

“WE” is a collaborative Video Art / Animation


“We” Our ART550 class of fourteen people came together to create the project we call “We”. That is what is important. That is all that matters. The separations we perceive between ourselves are artificial. We are more than just our looks and the skin on our bodies. We all share the same basic human characteristics. This concept is a worldview that is incredibly common, but this piece proposes another idea entirely. The skin is not a wall separating and ostracizing individuals, but rather a bridge, connecting pieces of a whole. When we are near each other we can feel how we permeate togetherness. We act like an ocean and each so called self is a singular drop of a shade of color needed to cascade into the intense spectrum that is We. We, as work of digital art represents the preservation of our class energy throughout time and the way we view our experience as a whole. Through technology and art we are preserving ourselves in unity and our interconnectivity forever.

*photos taken by Nicole Blach