1. Michael Branson Smith

    Ruining heroes to better understand the GIF


    On goes the quest to better Grok the GIF. Yesterday I discovered the subreddit Behind the GIFs. Which is basically MS Paint comics with an animated GIF ending. The posts originally explained the backstory of popular GIFs from infomercials. This post is labeled the inspiration, so possibly it is the first …

  2. Michael Branson Smith

    A MBS Special Presentation


    Last week I had the pleasure of being a visiting artist at the University of Mary Washington, hosted by Jim Groom and Zach Walen for their Console Living Room exhibit on campus. Their installation revisits the hub of family entertainment as you might have found it in a household of the …

  3. Michael Branson Smith

    Concrete to Data Breakout!


    A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend the opening of Concrete to Data, an exhibition currently open at the Steinberg Museum of Art. The show is a culmination of a two year effort by Ryan Seslow to bring together graffiti writers, street artists, photographers, and digital artists to reflect on …

  4. Michael Branson Smith

    Personal collections become public archives


    creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Ludovico Sinz [Cane Rosso (busy!)] The genre geek that I am, I used to frequent Star Trek and Comic Con conventions in the early 1990s. I love the fandom that exists in cosplay or the stockpiling of toys/action cards – …

  5. Michael Branson Smith

    Advice from my students on nurturing work


    creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Hypercoregz Recently the Communications Technology program has been growing quite a bit, so much so that I’ve been able to offer and teach our portfolio course, CT 399, for upper level majors every fall and spring semester. The course is …

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