Aspex Commision Digital Artist for PONToon Outreach as Part of Gallery’s Summer Programme

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PONToon partners Aspex have commissioned interdisciplinary digital artist Rhiannon Armstrong as part of their Summer programme, entitled Exchange.

In addition to creating new artworks within the community as part of the programme, Rhiannon will be working with PONToon to deliver workshops throughout the city.

One of Rhiannon's GIFs, created as part of the Slow GIF Movement (via GIPHY)

Rhiannon has been working in Portsmouth & Southsea libraries, as well as with attendees to Aspex workshops, creating poetry which is then transformed into GIFs.

Her workshops demonstrate how more traditional creative techniques can be combined with digital tools - empowering attendees through this learning process and giving them a creative process which is fully accessible/useable at home.

The Slow GIF Movement is all about reimagining the ubiquitous, flashing, momentary imagery of online GIF culture as slow, durational artworks and a public health intervention for the online world. (via GIPHY)

A recipient of the Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance 2019, Rhiannon works across a variety of mediums, predominantly digital, to find the most suitable way to engage audiences within a given issue or setting.

One of Rhiannon's recent ongoing projects, the Slow GIF Movement, explores the online phenomenon of GIFs, and reimagines the usually fleeting images as slow, durational artworks. The Slow GIF Movement seeks to counter the idea that GIF culture is contributing to hostility of online space by encouraging a community built around calming, gently looping GIFs.

For more information about Rhiannon's work, be sure to visit her website.

To find out more about Aspex's Exchange programme, click here.