Michael Branson Smith

MBS is an Assistant Professor of Communications Technology at York College and he Groks GIFs.

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  • Assistant Professor of Communications TechnologyPerforming and Fine ArtsYork College
  • DirectorAcademic Computing and Educational TechnologyYork College
  • Special ProjectsCUNY Academic CommonsCUNY Graduate Center
Academic Interests

Digital Storytelling, Open Education, Archives

From the Blog
  • 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 one (not sure). And here’s the morose Poor Gary, nobody liked him. But all things on Reddit can take a life of there own and it appears the subreddit has become a space for explaining popular GIFs like, Meanwhile, at DARPA…
    So this morning I’ve jumped in with a little Hulkamania splaining. It’s titled, “Stop Ruining my Heroes.”

    I Tumbled upon […]>>>>>>>>

    28 May 2015, 5:21 pm
  • 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 early 1980s. The wood paneling aesthetic of the era is in full-effect well complemented by a perfectly preserved plaid couch discovered in UMW’s deep storage. As a child of the eighties, the look and feel of everything is pretty uncanny.
    flickr photo shared by >>>>>>
    22 April 2015, 7:51 pm
  • 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 past and current practices. Over 40 artists are represented, contributing site specific murals and installations, artifacts from early works of street art including John Fekner’s pieces inspired by Space Invaders, Martha Cooper‘s seminal photos of 70s-80s graffiti, and the launch of on-going digital exhibition of street art influenced new media pieces hosted at Encrypted Fills. There’s an instagram account for the show where you can see a lot of the work. I published a few photos on […]>>>>>>>>
    25 February 2015, 7:04 pm
  • creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Ludovico Sinz [Cane Rosso (busy!)]
    The genre geek that I am, I used to frequent […]>>>>>
    17 November 2014, 4:54 pm
  • creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Hypercoregz
    Recently the Communications Technology program has been growing quite a […]>>>>>>
    12 November 2014, 4:51 pm

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