Museum Remixes

After seeing Alan’s post . . .

This is a response to the Tate’s call for their 1840s GIF party — they have made images available from selected pieces of art from their 1840s room and inviting anyone to remix as a GIF.

That is such a good idea I made it into a ds106 assignment.

It is interesting to see how museums and libraries are using social media in fairly different ways. I’d been impressed with Iowa’s Special Collections Tumblr and this idea by the Tate is certainly something you wouldn’t expect from a museum.

In any case, I gave the gif thing a shot (subtle and not so subtle versions). My wife had The Lady of Shalott poster for a number of years so I’d seen it many times but in the gif reshaping I saw all sorts of interesting things in the painting that I’d never noticed. I’d missed the swallows1, the chain in her hand, and the crucifix in the prow. That led to some light research and, as always, some new knowledge.



1 I didn’t know what they were but guessed mockingbirds originally.

Comments on this post

  1. Michael Branson Smith said on January 25, 2014 at 12:06 am

    GIFfing the archives as a way to bring attention to great works. Hmmm…me thinks a trend?

  2. Jim Groom said on January 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is so awesome! Ophelia was really eaten by a shark. sharks4life

    • Tom Woodward said on January 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Reid’s comment on your avatar –

      Reid: Who is that guy?

      Me: That’s Jim Groom.

      Reid: He always scares me.

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