Join Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for the March Craft Social to explore GIFs, the popular format for Internet animations. HCCC’s Kathryn Hall, curator of Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action, will discuss how GIFs relate to the neon work of Kate Hush, while Houston animator and Aurora Picture Show instructor, Dave Merson Hess, will illuminate the roots and history of the animated GIF, from Victorian optical toys to today’s moving memes.
After the talks, create your own animated GIF with Aurora Picture Show! The GIFs will be shown at HCCC’s upcoming outdoor film screening, «NEON NEON: Lighting Up the Screen,» in the Craft Garden, on April 18th.
About Our Partners
Dave Merson Hess is a Houston-based animator, designer, and educator. Merson, who started the animation festival, Rush Process, has directed award-winning animated short films and music videos and teaches youth animation workshops with media-arts organization Aurora Picture Show.
Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit media-arts organization dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving-image art. Aurora presents artist-made, non-traditional film, video, and interdisciplinary works year round.
About Craft Social
Craft Social takes place on the third Thursday evening of each month and is a fun way for adults to explore contemporary craft through other disciplines and media. These casual, social events emphasize experimentation, curiosity, and innovation. Visitors are encouraged to drop by and participate. All events are free and on a first-come first-served basis. Capacity is limited.