The GIF gets raised to an art form with a new competition and online art gallery from Tumblr and Paddle8.

Whether you love them, hate them, or think they induce seizures, there's no doubting that GIFs are here to stay. Shorthand for Graphics Interchange Format, the GIF is a bitmap image format first introduced by CompuServe in 1987, which causes a series of static images to combine, creating a quick stop-motion-esque animation sequence. Though its popularity has been accredited to its portability, it has for the most part been co-opted by the internet community to create quick viral images and sight gags, also known as memes. For those who live and breathe the internet, this is all basic information. However, if you work in the art world, the word GIF can sound more like an Onomonopia than a legitimate art form.

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