Welcome to class session #2 – BMS GIF COURSE!

Session #2 was recorded as a google hang out on air as well as a live stream on our collaborative class newhive account. The live stream was embedded into a newhive field and the class and guest artists collaborated together, check it out here.

We jumped in with a Class #1 recap and further explanation of how our class website can and will be used. How will you contribute? If you missed it, please refer to the Class #1 recap blog post here to catch up. Also, keep up with much more added usefulness by checking the class News Feed as much is happening there too!



1. Introduction – Guest Artist & Teacher Michael Branson Smith was on hand to present his work and several collaborative projects he has worked on – Be sure to review Dont change that DialGIFFIGHT, Animating Transit, & the Tate Modern’s 1840’s GIF Party – Michael generated a tutorial for creating Trace Looping GIFs be sure to check it out and get started on making your own! This is a great exercise to generate GIFS! Michael also walked us through a live tutorial on using a Dithering technique in photoshop for saving our GIF files for the web. Check it out in our post recorded live stream here. (starts around 1:08:23)


2. Re-Introduction – Guest Artist & Teacher Jessica Fenlon was back with us for a second presentation, a blog post tutorial on Building GIFs from Frames & 5 tools for Drawing GIFs – and the class collaboration on newhive. Talk about Awesome Energy!

3. Collaborating on NewHive. The BMS GIF Course has encouraged students to sign up for their own newhive accounts to begin exploring the potentials of the Net Art platform ( The GIF file format is co-dependent on the use of the web browser to animate) as well as take part in our collaborative account. The BMS newhive collaboration account allows for several cool new things to happen. Students and guest collaborators are given the log in credentials to the account (e-mail me for this if you need it) This means that we can simultaneously work in one field together (as we did in last night’s experiment) as well as continue to add or reduce, hack and degenerate the pieces we have created. Users also have the ability to delete the works! Will that be YOU?? Will you delete the class collaboration pieces??! 🙂

The images below are screen shots of how the field was changing in real time as each user refreshed their browsers. 

Between now and Tuesday night’s class students will plan to share the urls from the newhive works they have generated. Suggestions-  add multiple GIFs into one field. (have you made and remix GIFs using giphy or imgur? Get on that! Also, check out Michael and Jessica’s tutorials above as well as the resources in the class #1 recap – Plan to layer the gifs and work with the transparency features. Embed video urls from youtube or vimeo, work with still images and assets with transparent back rounds and see how they work together in a single field with multiple animations.





Currently, this field below is how the first class newhive collaboration looks at the moment, as you can see it has changed from the images above, this may not be the case in two hours or two weeks, or two months. We embedded the iframe code that newhive allows its users to generate. I then altered the iframe height to 1450px and width to 600 px better fit the aspect ratio of my wordpress theme. 

More to come!

BMS GIF COURSE site – http://bmsgifcourse.com

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