GIFS & Remixing Art History

I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog (I haven’t posted in almost 2 months… yikes). What better way to come back to the blog than share some of my favourite GIFs that remix old renaissance paintings!

James Kerr aka Scorpion Daggers

Kerr has been posting GIFs on his blog almost daily for more than two years. The digital collages commingle a kind of timeless absurdity and toilet humor, à la Terry Gilliam’s animations for Monty Python, with an arch take on contemporary life, particularly hipsterism and social media.

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Shake, shake, shake! Haha


A few GIFs by Kerr playing with old masters, biblical characters, and social media:

Time for a selfie…




Google Glass, Cats, and finding places to sleep…


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Bence Hajdu:

In this fascinating series of works, Hungarian new media artist Bence Hajdu has removed the figures from a series of Old Master paintings with amazing precision. They were not originally GIFs, but it’s amazing to see the difference when the figures are removed and we are forced to pay attention to the background (which we sometimes take for granted). In these pieces, the Old Masters don’t disappear, they’re just constantly reinvented.

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Abandoned masterpieces…

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Zarathustra, the Cat:

“We, Zarathustra the Cat, decided to enlighten the mankind and kindly explain to humans that the most contemporary art is to be found in the Internet. Curators are not interested in Internet memes yet, but We know that happens to all new trends in art, art institutions are usually very slow to react. But street art and graffiti recently found their way to galleries and museums. Now it’s turn of the LOLcats.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m an aspiring curator who is interested in exhibiting memes!

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Exchanging figures from old master paintings with a fat orange cat named Zarathustra




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