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A GIF animation loop, 2015, Duration 1,000 years
The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to different colors chosen from the 24 -bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to colors for each frame. These palette limitations make GIF less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with color gradients , but well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.
When one unit is destroyed in a war or in a natural disaster - or when it needs to be technically upgraded - a new physical unit is built and the animation file can be synchronised with the remaining units. GIF was designed in and is a very simple file format in today's standards so it should be possible for the people of the future to find ways to keep the animation playing. The time capsule is on its way to the storage of The Art Museum of Estonia. To be able to show ASLAP in exhibitions and festivals to a wider audiences there is also a transportable playback unit. The transportable unit is identical to the other playback units and when switched on it starts playing the loop from the same frame and in the same pace as the units playing the animation continuously. GIF is still among the most popular image formats on the Internet. But in mid 90s the technically more versatile Flash took over as the number one creative tool for presenting art works on-line. Recently with the huge success of photo-sharing services such as Instagram, Flickr and Tumblr GIF has had its second coming and has regained its popularity also as an artistic medium. In August the animation was ready and it was decided that it will be started in when GIF turns It was a long process as it had to cover the special aspects of ASLAP including fundamental questions about maintenance and presentation for the next years.
Despite the obvious joke of setting files on fire, acknowledged with a winking plea to "extinguish all GIFs before leaving the vicinity," the anger was real and the mission was earnest: to free the web from the scourge of the GIF once and for all. Already more than a decade old and with roots reaching to June 15th, —half a decade before the World Wide Web itself—the GIF was showing its age. It offered support for a paltry colors. Its animation capabilities were easily rivaled by a flipbook. It was markedly inferior to virtually every file format that had followed it. On top of that, there were the threats of litigation from parent companies and patent-holders which had been looming over GIF users for five long years before the fiery call to action. Those who knew enough to care deeply about file formats and the future of the web were marching on the gates, armed with PNGs of torches and pitchforks. And yet, somehow, here we are. Seventeen years later, the GIF not only isn't dead. It rules the web.