### Clayton Shonkwiler PRO

Mathematician and artist

By Clayton Shonkwiler

The animated GIF, which provided flashing lights and rotating "Under Construction" tackiness to the early web, has had an unlikely second life on social media. Aside from serving as a medium for sharing video while ducking the copyright cops, GIFs are embraced by a generation of abstract and geometric artists on Tumblr and elsewhere who have discovered beauty in short, looping animations. My first GIFs were created to sanity-check algorithms and I have since used them in both the classroom and the seminar room, but I also now create mathematical animations that are purely artistic. In this talk I will share some of my GIFs and the (trivial and non-trivial) mathematics behind them. My work is produced in Mathematica with help from a couple command-line tools, so I will also try to impart some hard-earned lessons on how to use this combination to produce GIFs that (probably) won't make you want to claw out your eyeballs.

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