Animation Block Party is preparing a special one-night event to celebrate the spookiest of mini-animations with GIFoween. Sponsored by GIPHY, the spine-tingling loops will be on display October 26 at Brooklyn Bazaar at 7 p.m.
“It’s wild how everything today is digital-blips of conversation, as if we can’t remember a time before texting memes to our besties,” reads ABP organizer Casey Safron’s announcement. “When MTV started, critics were shocked by how quickly images flashed by in videos. Decades later, 1980’s visual pacing seems antique. Millennial artists are making audiences blink at increasingly rapid rates, to the point where animators now tell entire stories in 5-second loops.”
GIFoween will feature special prizes for the creepiest creations, so visual artists are invited to create an account at GIPHY.com and upload festively fearsome “micro-short” GIFs by October 7. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP through the Facebook page.