DUMP ME utilizes dump.fm, an image-sharing platform, as a medium to collectively create gifs with the "dumping" community. These gif were then printed and presented as an exhibition that touches on utopic ideals of collaboration and participation in art making, questions the notion of authorship in open, digital mediums, fluctuates between the dematerialization and materialization of the "art object," and embraces the outdated aesthetic of the gif, catapulting it to the level of "high" art.
DUMP ME was initially conceived as exquisite dump. In the original proposal, which is still grounded in the same theoretical questions, I intended to create a Surrealist "exquisite corpse" in dump.fm using various gifs provided by various dump users. I created this inital gif (11:38 PM SUN 11/27 by LLORONA) using an old image I had taken on my computer. I took this image and manipulated it several times on Photoshop. I compiled these manipulations into a gif. I signed into dump.fm as LLORONA and presented to the other users my plan - I wanted to make an exquisite corpse with them. I would provide them with the "head" (the gif I had created) and they would provide a "body." I made sure to clarify that a body could be anything and that multiple bodies could be added. My initial plan conceptualized that a string of gifs compiled by several users would be created, and that I would compile this string of gifs in a separate website.
Yet I found that many users took the directions to literally and would only provide me with images of actual bodies. Most of these were those of over-idealized, explicitly presented female bodies. Yet, two users went an extra step and tool the gif I had created and, instead of merely adding on another image of a body, cut up and inserte my gif into another image. These images ranged from found images on the internet (as is the case with user LAVAR_LAMAR) or with seperate images provided by other dumpers (as was the case with JIMMYJAMMER's image). I found these gifs to be the most engaging and decided to focus on them and abandon the exquisite corpse idea.
Instead, I decided to present this in a exhibition form in order to further foreground the questions of authorship and a gif as an "art object" meant to be viewed in a gallery setting. The gifs were printed as a triptych. The middle part is the original image I used to make my gif and the two flanking images were the collectively created by gifs made by fellow dumpers using my initial gif. The curatorial statement includes two quotes from Surrealist artists Andre Breton and Man Ray, which give a historical setting to the theoretical questions the project addresses. The statement then gives an explanation of what dump.fm is and the theoretical underpinnings an intentions of the project. The font used for the title came from one of the dump.fm tools that creates "glitter text." The hearts included in the curatorial statement are the icons used in dump.fm to 'like" someone's image. The row of images depict the different frames of the original gif I created. The labels attribute each gif to the user that initially posted it. The user is identified not by their real name, but by their dump username and their avatar. The "title" of each gif comes directly from dump.fm itself. which identifies each gif by a time stamp of when it was initially posted. I decided to identify dump.fm as the medium used. The exhibition was mounted in a hallway in Brown's List Art building, attempting to present itself as a legitimate show.
11:38 PM SUN 11/27
01:45 AM MON 11/28
12:22 AM MON 11/28