Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — twohundredfiftysixcolors

Join us on Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 pm, for a screening of twohundredfiftysixcolors, featuring live improvised musical accompaniment by Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle. twohundredfiftysixcolors is an experimental feature length film made entirely of animated .gifs that traces the file format's arc of increased complexity and pointed use since it was introduced in 1987.

Crafted from over 3,000 animated GIFs, twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an Internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and artistic gestures. The film is a curated archive that functions as a historical document charting the GIF's evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities. Our screening will feature live improvised musical accompaniment by Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle. This event is part of Whole Grain, our new experimental film and video series.

The Whole Grain series presents six programs that explore classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. The schedule in brief:

  • Saturday, October 7, 4 pm: Found-footage pioneer Bruce Conner
  • Thursday, October 26, 7 pm: Contemporary digital animation
  • Saturday, November 4, 4 pm: Short films in the Cubist film tradition
  • Saturday, November 11, 4 pm: Maya Deren’s experimental documentary on Haitian Vodou
  • Thursday, November 16, 7 pm: A feature-length exploration of the animated GIF
  • Saturday, December 2, 4 pm: The campy world of brothers George and Mike Kuchar
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