GIF ART Exhibition

In the framework of the Biennale of digital cultures, Transnumériques (an event of Mons2015, European Capital of Culture), Transcultures, Media and Sound Arts Centre, launches 3 calls for proposals to participate to the 2015 edition of its Transnumeriques Awards – Art(s) and Network(s).

For this edition, Transcultures will focus its awards on the GIF and its animated images, (usually in a loop). Back to the earlier Web, the GIFs were quite simple. In a late 2000s, a new generation of artists has emerged and promoted GIFs as a work of art in itself.

Lately, GIF works have been part of multiple online exhibitions, but also, exhibitions in contemporary art galleries. Transcultures is especially interested by the relation which the art of GIF generates as meeting points of a certain culture which it became, if not the emblem, in any case the exercise of style…
For 2015, Transcultures proposed 3 international calls for participation in relation with major events: Videoformes festival (FR) in March, ARTour Biennale (BE), Contemporary art and patrimony in July & Transnumériques festival (BE) in the framework of Mons2015, European Capital of Culture.
For the first exhibition in Clermont-Ferrand (France) at Videoformes festival, we received more than 150 works from more than 50 international artists all around the world, and another 50 artists submitted their works for the next 2 exhibitions in Belgium. We will be very interested to show a selection of these dynamic, poetic, entertaining, intriguing…works at the Digital Art Festival in Taipei, which could become also a partner for further calls for proposals.

Please visit to see the last selected works and the history of the Transnumeriques Awards – Art(s) & Network(s)

The Transnumériques Awards also supports the curatorial project of Belgian artist Jacques Urbanska (also media art(s) & networ(s) project manager for Transcultures), the GIF Wall: a wall made of interactive Gifs, which might remind the great fresco Michelangelo painting whose implementation will be assigned to one or more curent web artists. Each year, Transcultures launch a call for proposals for new artists create some of this "wall". The size of work for an artist (or group of artists) corresponds to 2 or 3 projectors (for a 5 to 10 meters projection). It can be projected on the wall or floor. The mural might sound system (but must also be able to be presented without sound).
For this first version of the GIF WALL, it is the Turkish artist Haydiroket, one of three winners of the 2015 Awards Transnumériques Videoformes, which will be the guest artist. The design will begin in July 2015. It would be very interesting for us to be able to work also with Chinese artists for the 2016 version of this Web Art Wall.

Mert Keskin a.k.a. Haydi Roket is a multimedia artist who creates colorful, vibrant, and humorous computer GIF’s and still collages, filled with 8 -bit pop references from his childhood passion for playing early video game consoles. He started a Tumblr with his art and quickly became noticed through the Tumblr community, and now works for Tumblr as one of their GIF editors. He worked in the 1990′s as a demoscene artist, and has since done visual work for the 2012 MTV VMA awards and has collaborated with Vans on their Action Gallery. Haydi is also an electronic musician who plays under the name Midiroket.

* please visit the following website for more selected GIF ART:

Final artists list of Transnumeriques Awards
(Their works are shown in 2015 Digital Art Festival, Taipei)

Blank, Eric Juth, Alix Desaubliaux, Anne-Marie Bouchard, Benjamin Rosenthal, Bob (Mauricio Sanhueza), Michael Szpakowski, Cesar Escudero Andaluz, Chiara (Passa), Chris Collins, Chris Timms, Colin Raff, Domenico Dom Barra, Dorianne Wotton – Francois Beaurain, Francoise Gamma, Gustavo Torres, Haidyroket, Harold Charre, Igor Stromajer, jim punk, Julian Glander, Julien Deswaef, Krefer, kyttenjanae, Laura Brothers, Yannick Dubois, Luca Moroni, Margot Bowman, Mariano Equizzi, Maxime Dardenne, Maxine, Milos Rajkovic aka Sholim, Nick Kegeyan, Nicolas Boillot, Omar_Sailhan_RISE, peekasso, Peter Burr, Pierre Andreotti, Ralph Klewitz, Rose Keeler, Scott Gelber, Siyu Mao, Skip Hursh, Bill Tavis, Thom Rugo, Tom Moody, Tugce Senogul, Thierry Verbeeck, YoMeryl, Zack Dougherty.