Revisiting Tumblr as Art
by Ben Valentine
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of commissioned essay for The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium.
Much has been written about the rise of internet art. Just in the last few years, we’ve seen net artworks such as “intotime.org” by Rafaël Rozendaal; Twitter art by the likes of An Xiao and others; “e.m-bed.de/d/,” an immersive online music video experience by Yung Jake; and “$,” a Google Docs piece by Man Bartlett. But there is a burgeoning field of both social and discrete, beautiful, and weird internet art that demands our attention: Tumblr art.
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Image caption: A GIF that demonstrates part of the effect of scrolling through Takeda Hirozumi’s “Thirozumi” tumblelog. (GIF by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)