Moving the Still: The 10 most popular GIFs

Moving the Still, the first GIF art exhibit, has turned to the Tumblr community for submissions. These are the most popular works thus far. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Nov 19, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 7:11 am CDT

When it comes to animated GIF art, the measuring stick of greatness is obscure. That’s the challenge facing the curators of Moving the Still, an art exhibition of animations composed by the world’s best GIF artists.

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On Nov. 26, editor Collin Munn and a group art curators will select about 20 original animations to be shown at Art Basel Miami Beach, a sister exhibition of Art Basel, a 42-year-old art fair started in Switzerland. More than 660 animations have been posted publicly to the exhibit’s Tumblr page in the last month, and the Daily Dot has collected the top 10 submissions, in terms of notes received, using statistics from Union Metrics, Tumblr’s official analytics partner.

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The top 10 submissions run the gamut of GIF art—from the geometric to the downright hilarious—which is exactly what Munn intended.

“The malleability of the GIF is perhaps what is most appealing – as you see on the exhibition and submission blogs, the breadth of creativity possible under the umbrella of “the GIF” is enormous,” Munn told the Daily Dot in October.

“The GIF’s ability to come off as incredibly fresh and new while still harkening back to old technologies such as stop motion animation while blending elements of more contemporary examples of video art also makes the GIF an exceptionally intriguing medium.”

1) RGB” by Mathew Lucas // 83,281 notes

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2) Muffin Cat” by Justin Poulsen // 75,950 notes

3) Case Zoom” by David Pakcer // 65,150 notes

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4) “Harold-Feinstein-1950s” by Nicolas Monterrat // 41,194 notes

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5) “Swing” by Yunfan Tan // 32,956 notes

6) “There’s a glitch in my soup v.1” by g1ft3d // 19,055 notes

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7) “Boom” by Yunfan Tan // 17,022 notes

8) “Space travel” by Jolene Wong (sofilledwithfeeling) // 15,686 posts

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9) “Fire” by Noah Kalina // 15,077 notes

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10) “The Room In Which My Dreams Occur” by B Wong // 5,506 notes

Illustration by Psykzz/Tumblr

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*First Published: Nov 19, 2012, 10:22 am CST