Asia’s largest GIFs showcase at National Design Centre to run till Aug 26
The bi-annual GIFFEST is back after missing its 2021 run.
Perfection plagues society. While the need to be on top drives excellence, it can also lead to the downfall of many.
In this digital era, curating a seemingly flawless life on social media tends to be the norm. As a result, the pressure to maintain an ideal image often weighs youths down.
To alleviate this, EYEYAH!, an educational platform which uses art to encourage observation, banded over 80 artists from around the world to create a collection in Asia’s largest celebration of GIFs – GIFFEST.
Titled GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT, this interactive exhibition uses GIFs – a prominent part of social media – to showcase the beauty and value of imperfections. Visitors can view this array of GIFs on the first floor of the National Design Centre from May 18 to Aug 26 – a run that extends beyond its usual five days.
The inside is almost akin to a maze. Stepping in, visitors are greeted by the first of 11 TV screens. Each screen displays about eight GIFs from various artists.
While typical GIFs don’t support audio, some of GIFFEST’s do. As visitors walk down the narrow pathway, they can immerse themselves in the colourful artwork adorning the walls and the sounds echoing through.
Co-founder of EYEYAH! and curator of the exhibition, Steve Lawler, said: “There’s a range of styles and there’s a range of ideas.”
“People are going to like different aesthetics and we’ve tried to cover as many bases as possible.”
From hand-drawn to AI-generated GIFs, this exhibition hopes to present fresh perspectives and pieces that reflect how creativity stems from imperfection.
Saeko, a Japanese creator, writes codes that deconstruct famous paintings, such as Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Michelle, on the other hand, is an Indonesian illustrator who animates her art by hand.
Besides these artworks, the exhibition also includes some interactive elements.
One example lies in the corner of the exhibition. There, visitors can stand in front of a black mirror and watch their reflections get transformed into colourful, humanoid figures.
There is also a portable DVD player displaying a series of 80’s advertisements. This piece by New World Plaza will only run after visitors hit the “play” button.
Scattered around the exhibition are quotes depicting the merits of imperfection. Steve said the sentiment GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT hopes to impart is that “our lives would be really boring if things were always perfect”.
“Sometimes, the pressure of perfection is stifling and suffocating,” he said. “So, this is a very lighthearted show that looks at the social aspect of imperfection.
“If you’re a young person who’s feeling the pressure of exams, or feeling the pressure of everyday life, you can come here and see some beautiful mistakes and some great examples of experimentation.”
GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT is free to enter and is open from 9am to 9pm.