Alida Sun: “I’m from New York. I studied industrial design with an old school Bauhaus foundation. As to where I live now — that’s tricky since I’m location independent and my base tends to change, sometimes year to year. I build algorithms and interactive installations for my day job so to speak, albeit less experimental than the algorithms & installations I publish on my instagram and twitter.
I began making GIFs because I thought they were magic, sheer magic. I do believe they’re a unique art form. Also, I feel like I grew up on the Internet more than anywhere/thing else - GIFs are windows and reflections of my environment on deeply formative levels. My GIFs don’t always perfect loop and I don’t believe they have to necessarily- contemporary computational spaces are protean and the algorithms behind the scenes are shifting, sprawling assemblages that are often less than perfect in nature. I’m drawn to spaces and constructs that will interact and transform in ways that are unpredictable, even for their creator!
My tools mainly consist of whatever’s opensource…OpenFrameworks and Processing are my go-to’s.”
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Postmortem photography or memento mori, the photographing of a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The photographs were considered a keepsake to remember the dead. Child mortality was high during the Victorian era. For many children even a common sickness could be fatal. When a child or other family member died, families would often have a photograph taken before burial. Many times it was the first and last photograph they would ever possess of their loved one. Many postmortem photographs were close-ups of the face or shots of the full body. The deceased were usually depicted to appear as if they were in a deep sleep, or else arranged to appear more life-like. Children were often shown on a couch or in a crib, often posed with a favorite toy. It was not uncommon to photograph very young children with a family member, most frequently the mother. Adults were more commonly posed in chairs or even propped up on something.