February 27June 30, 2013
A Tribute to Heather
In the Lobby
Organized by Jason Eppink, Associate Curator of Digital Media
Artist Evan Roth (b. 1978) reappropriates public space, popular culture, and digital techniques to create surprising and illuminating works both on and off the Internet. A Tribute to Heather consists of ten new entries in his ongoing series, One Gif Compositions. For these works, Roth embeds a single animated GIF in a website hundreds of times to produce a rich tapestry of color and motion. The URL of each Composition serves as its title, describing the repeated animation and the background color. Because file load times vary every time a One Gif Composition website is accessed, each viewing is unique.
The animations in A Tribute to Heather were sourced from Heathers Animations, a sprawling hand-coded archive of 90s-era animated GIFs and background images operated by its elusive namesake, Heather. Founded in 1999, the site maintains the ethos of the early web, eschewing author attribution and copyright concerns to offer a wandering taxonomy of thousands of downloadable images.
For A Tribute to Heather, the Museum commissioned ten One Gif Compositions for its 50-foot-wide lobby wall. Each Composition will be exhibited for a full day on a two-week cycle.