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London calling: Dundee GIFs wanted for V&A exhibition

London calling: Dundee GIFs wanted for V&A exhibition

Creative Dundee has put out a call for GIFs of Dundee to go on display at the 'world's greatest museum of art and design' in London.

The original Victoria and Albert Museum, big sister to Dundee's own soon-to-open V&A Museum of Design, will be hosting a digital exhibition later this month as part of London's Design Festival, and Dundee will be part of it.

A Dundee City GIF Wall will show off the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design from the point of view of its locals, who are being encouraged to submit entries. A GIF is an animated image made up of a series of images played on a loop.

The exciting exhibition means that anybody could potentially have their own creative work displayed the world's leading museum of art and design.

Organisers hope the GIF Wall will create a new way for citizens to engage with the city playfully, as well as highlighting its vibrancy and personality in a highly visual and accessible way.

Creative Dundee uploaded this GIF made by John Paterson as an example.

"The GIF wall is a great opportunity for literally anyone in the city, or even beyond, to show off Dundee from their perspective," said Gillian Easson, Creative Dundee director.

"Anybody all the way from primary school students to designers can get involved and could go on display at the V&A in London.

"The reason we thought it would be so good is that when people come to a new city they usually only know what they have read about it online but there's nothing like walking a city through somebody's else shoes to find out what it's really all about. We hope the GIFs help with this as it's all about getting the city out there for people to see.

"We are also hoping that some GIFs from Mexico, made during our Small Society Lab event earlier this year, will be on display as well."

How do I take part?

To get involved just simply make a GIF of whatever you want (provided it is family friendly of course) and send it to Creative Dundee or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #DundeeGIFWall by 9am on Monday, September 21.

Don't know how to make a GIF? Creative Dundee have you covered with the technical details and a few tips to get you started too.

"If you’ve never made a GIF before don’t fret, it’s very easy to do," writes Diarmid Mackinnon, digital producer at Creative Dundee.

"Simply take a short video or a series of photos of something you find interesting or exciting about Dundee. Then, follow the instructions on GIF making sites such as imgflip.com, makeagif.com or download free GIF making apps for your smartphone including GIF Maker, Gifboom or Photo to Gif (some of which you can film GIFs directly on the app) and voila, the hard work is done for you."

As above, the GIFs can be about anything you want - your favourite pub, your commute to work, a local event or maybe just the view from your house - just be sure you're happy with potentially thousands of people seeing it.

You can also send in as many GIFs as you would like, but Creative Dundee cannot promise they will all be displayed.

Creative Dundee's Top 5 GIF making tips

  • Film/take photos in landscape mode – this saves the image getting squashed if we need to resize it.
  • Make sure you have adequate lighting, if it’s too dark we might not see the main focus of the image.
  • Make sure these are your own GIFs, please don’t steal someone else’s work.
  • Stay safe – please do not try and capture footage from a place which may lead you to injure yourself or others.
  • Finally, have fun. Enjoy making your GIFs and showing us what living in Dundee means to you.

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GIFs made during the Small Society Lab project with Mexico City will also be displayed.

The GIFs will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which uses the tagline of the 'world's greatest museum of art and design.'

They will be exhibited as part of London's Design Festival between September 26-27.

More information on the GIF wall and on how to submit your own entry can be found on the Creative Dundee website.

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