The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 7th October 2019 – The Slow GIF Movement

The 10th October is World Mental Health Day, a chance for individuals, communities and organisations around the world to come together to show support for better mental health and wellbeing. In celebration, this week’s challenge is set by artist Rhiannon Armstrong, whose ‘Slow GIF movement’ seeks to make flashing, jolting and repetitive online spaces more accessible to neurodiverse audiences with calming, gently looping GIFs (short loops of moving images).

What if our GIF culture had an access and wellbeing agenda? What if we created a Slow GIF Movement, what would that be like? There are some examples of Rhiannon’s Poetry Metronome GIFs here. You can also read more about how these ideas came about on this blog for Tourettes Hero, and more examples by following #slowgifs online.

The Poetry Metronome series are made from discarded documents and animated into metronomes at 60bpm or less (the average heart rate). And now – it’s over to you, to slow down, and join in.

Create your own ‘Poem Made from Words Found In The Bin‘. Find a shred of paper with text on it – either from a shredder, or by cutting a newspaper, magazine or book – and use the letters you can see to create words around your shred. Let your letters lead to words and your words lead to phrases – can you create poetry from shreds of discarded paper? Your poem might celebrate World Mental Health Day, might be a love poem, funny poem, short poem, long poem – it’s up to you. 

If you have more time … 
Turn your poem into a Slow GIF using GIPHY as a website or a free app. Record a short video of your shred ticking like a metronome (like Rhiannon’s below) – and turn that video into a GIF by following the simple instructions on GIPHY. Find Rhiannon’s top tips here.

How do the Slow GIFs make you feel? What do they make you think about, or reflect on? What could you do to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Thursday?

Share with Rhiannon, the team at 64 Million Artists and thousands of other Challengers across the country by tagging #slowgifs #WorldMentalHealthDay

Find Rhiannon on Twitter and on the Slow Gif Facebook page.

t: @64M_Artists

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