Tilman Baumgärtel


Digitale Bildkulturen

Sachbuch. 2020
80 Seiten. Broschiert | Mit vielen Abbildungen
12,– €
ISBN 978-3-8031-3699-2
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Die GIF-Animation ist – obwohl technisch längst veraltet – zur digitalen Volkskunst avanciert. Tilman Baumgärtel zeigt die vielfältigen Funktionen der bewegten Bilder: vom kreativen Selbstausdruck bis hin zum Einsatz in komplexen Kommunikationssituationen.


Gifs zu den Kapiteln 6 und 7

Unter folgenden Links finden Sie die Gif-Sammlungen:

Under Constuction Gif-Sammlung (Kapitel 6):

Eyes Gif-Sammlung (Kapitel 7):


Ergänzende Links zu "GIFS"

Artists who work with GIFs: 

Olia Lialina

Lorna Mills

Sally McKay

Nicolas Sasoon

Petra Cortright

Tom Moody

Rafaël Rozendaal,

Faith Holland



GIF Exhibitions

The GIF Show, RX Gallery, San Francisco, 2006


Born in 2012, Photographer´s Gallery, London, 2012


Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place, Providence

College-Galleries, Providence, 2016

Stop and Go. L'Arte delle GIF Animate, smART - polo per l'arte, Rom, 2016

The GIF Elevator, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, 2019

Performance GIFs 1,, Online-Exhibition, Mai 2013


Tools & Ressources

Search Engine for the Geocities-GIFs from the Internet-Archives

GIF Animator Software

Icon  Browser from 1993

All the „Under construction“ GIFs from Geocities on one page

All the „Mail“ GIFs from Geocities on one page

All the „Netscape“ GIFs from Geocities on one page


Videos & Podcasts

Required Listening: 
Baby King, Reply All #61, 14. 4. 2016

I make GIFs for a Living, Buzzfeed News, 30. 11. 2017

Videodokumentation des Panels „The GIF that keeps on GIFFING“, ROFLcon 2012:

Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium, PBS Digital Studios, 7. 3. 2012


GIF-Bibliographie / GIF Bibliography

Required Reading: 
Collins, Leah: The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes, CBC.CA, 27. 12. 2018

Rourke, Daniel: The Doctrine of the Similar (GIF GIF GIF),, 25. Mai 2011

More Readings:

Dall’Asta, Monica: GIF Art in the Metamodern Era, in: De Rosa, Miriam; Vinzenz Hediger (Hrsg.): Postwhat? post-when? thinking moving images beyond the post-medium/post-cinema condition, Oakville 2016

Eppink, Jason: A Brief History of the GIF (sofar), Journal of Visual Culture 13, S. 298 - 306

Fetveit, Arild: The uncanny mediality of the photographic GIF, NECSUS, 10. Juli 2018

Newman, Michael Z.: GIFs: The Attainable Text, Film Criticism, 40. Jahrgang, Ausgabe 1, Januar 2016

GIF 87a. Graphics Interchange Format ™. A standard defining a mechanism for the storage and transmission of raster-based graphics information, 16. Juni1987, © CompuServe Incorporated, 1987


Grădinaru, Camelia: The Painting that Moves: the Internet Aesthetics and the Reception of GIFs, Hermeneia: Journal of Hermeneutics, Art Theory & Criticism, Heft 16 (2016), S. 81-91

Gürsimsek, Ödül Akyapi: Animated GIFs as vernacular graphic design: producing Tumblr blogs, Visual Communication Vol. 15 (3) 2016, 329–349

Jiang, Jialun "Aaron"; Casey Fiesler; Jed R. Brubaker: “The Perfect One”: Understanding Communication Practices and Challenges with Animated GIFs. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interactions 2, November 2018

Kanai, Akane: The Girl in the GIF. Reading the Self into Girlfriendship, Girlhood Studies 10 (Winter 2017), S. 184 – 200

Lialina, Olia; Dragan Espenschied:  One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age. Digging through the Geocities Torrent

Kane, Carolyn L.: GIFs That Glitch: Eyeball Aesthetics for the Attention Economy, Communication Design 4 (1–2). S.  41 – 62

Marmo, Leonardo: Looping, laughing and longing: The animated gif in the contemporary online environment, Communicazioni sociali 1/2016, S. 78 - 86

McCarthy, Anna: Visual Pleasure and GIFs, in: Hesselberth, Pepita; Maria Poulaki: Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media, New York/London 2017, S.113 – 122

Miltner, Kate & Highfield, Tim (2017) Never gonna GIF you up: Analyzing the cultural significance of the animated GIF. Social Media and Society, 3/2017, S. 1-11

Poulaki, Maria: Featuring Shortness in Online Loop Cultures, Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 5 (1–2): 91–96.

ders: The Compulsion of the Similar: Animated GIF and the TechnoCultural Body, 15. Juli 2017

Strauven, Wanda: Let’s Dance: GIF 1.0 versus GIF 2.0. In: Marek Jancovic, Axel Volmar, Alexandra Schneider (Hg.):F ormat Matters. Standards, Practices,and Politics in Media Cultures, Lüneburg 2019 (meson press), S. 47 – 63

Uhlin, Greg: Playing in the Gif(T) Economy, Games and Culture 2014, Vol. 9(6). S. 517 – 527

Wentz, Daniela: Das GIF. Geschichte und Geltung eines Formats aus dem Geist des Tanzes. In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Heft 22, S. 42–52.