Ever since we stumbled on dvdp, a site devoted to seriously creative animated gif art, we’ve been checking in to see what leaps of techno-brilliance gif-makers have come up with. (There’s a great animated video of the gif’s history here). After the jump you’ll find a play on one of Michelangelo’s most famous images in the Sistine Chapel, cleverly hacked and giffed. We find this gif silly, funny, risqué, full of charm for the crazy imaginativeness of it. It’s been taken down from a couple of sites, so peep at your own risk. (dvdp has posted an interesting dialogue that’s grown up around it, about notions of taboos, which we think are always worth questioning. Wrote dvdp: “I still don’t get it. Priests are working everyday safely under such images.” ).
As for posting it here, we remembered that the word risqué comes from the French “to risk”. Risking is something we think worth at least considering so we’re going with it. (Worrying that it would be “too much”, we almost held back on posting The Scar Project…And it proved to be a hugely popular post.)
…(If you don’t see the gif below moving, click here.)
The question is: Why is this funny? And the other question is: Why is this taboo?
What do you think?
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