What to expect at Singapore's first GIF festival

What to expect at Singapore's first GIF festival

Noise x kult

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Mojoko

Yes, there's such a thing as a GIF festival and yes, the band .gif will be performing

GIFs don't just serve as quick and easy responses when you're not sure how to respond to an inappropriate Tinder message. On the contrary, they're an artistic medium often masquerading as pop culture engineers — how often have you used one that featured Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian or Titus Andromedon from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? In celebration of the 30th anniversary of GIFs, Noise Singapore and kult have come together for Singapore's inaugural GIF Festival, which started its engines with an open call for artists, both professionals and amateurs. Graphic designers, animators and photographers were also commissioned, working on GIFs inspired by 'Spellbound', the festival's theme.

From 500 entries, 50 have been shortlisted to be showcased at Gillman Barracks. Projections, screens, an LED wall and secret rooms will showcase GIFs by the likes of Mojoko and Aik Beng Chia, with programs that will engage both kids and adults. Notable ones include a masterclass with Chia, who will teach street photography enthusiasts how to bring photos to life and create cinemagraphs, stereoscopic GIFs and ploatagraphs. Kiat from Syndicate and poet Deborah Emmanuel will breathe new life into the resurrected Good Times party series, while Singapore band .gif will entertain with their ethereal, otherworldly sounds. See a preview of selected GIFS below.

A Whispering Campaign 

Aik Beng Chia

Adeline Tan

The Noise x GIF Fest takes place from 5 to 11 October at 7 Gillman Barracks.