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Artists Create as long as possible 1000 Year Long GIF

GIFs are designed to loop short clips—generally a couple seconds long—over and over until you close your browser window. But As Long As Possible is a different kind of GIF; one rendered on a geologic time scale. Created by Helsinki-based artists Juha van Ingen and Janne Särkelä, it’s designed to loop only once every thousand years.
Titled ‘As Long As Possible (ASLAP)’, the two artists have possibly created the world’s longest GIF using 48,140,288 frames.

Two artists created the project, currently on display at a Helsinki gallery. The GIF is reportedly compiled of 48,140,288 numbered frames and designed to loop once in a millennia.

The world wide web can be an ephemeral place. Tweets get buried under more tweets, and viral fame lasts for 15 seconds rather than 15 minutes. GIFs, for their part, present the world in bite-sized loops.

Enlarged photographic prints of ASLAP frames /FISH Gallery. (Source: http://www.aslongaspossible.com/)

Enlarged photographic prints of ASLAP frames /FISH Gallery. (Source: http://www.aslongaspossible.com/)

An art project by Finnish duo Juha van Ingen and Janne Särkelä is grabbing headlines for its magnitude and vision. Titled ‘As Long As Possible (ASLAP)’, the two artists have possibly created the world’s longest GIF using 48,140,288 frames.

Each frame is marked with a number in white at the center of a black background. The frames will change every 10 minutes and the entire sequence is expected to run for a 1000 years.

The project title ‘ASLAP’ pays homage to American musician  John Cage’s composition ‘Organ2/ASASP’. The objective of Cage’s composition, as the title ASASP suggests,  is to play the notes as slow as possible. When played with Halberstad organs, it is said to take 625 years to finish the composition.

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COUNTING FROM 1 TO 48,140,288, THIS GIF NEEDS A HOME FOR THE NEXT MILLENIA.

The Finnish artists want to start playing the GIF in 2017 on the 30th anniversary of the image format’s birth. Once started, the GIF will complete a loop and start over again only in the year 3017.

 While 21st century historians can admire the tablets of ancient civilizations, 31st century historians will likely be baffled if they happen to dig up some of our technological trash. How do you study the contents of a computer that hasn’t run for centuries? The piece brings up the possibility that the digital world might be erased from historical record.

 

 

Or, perhaps GIFs will be eternal, and everyone will still be watching animals doing dumb thingsin three-second loops until the end of time. And maybe we’ll finally have decided the correctpronunciation of GIF by then.

 

 

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