What has Michael Stipe been up to since R.E.M. called it quits last year? Well, we haven’t heard much, but it was recently announced on the band’s website that the former frontman will be judging an animated GIF contest called, appropriately, “Moving the Still.” And these aren’t your typical cat-falling-off-a-treadmill GIFs; there’s certainly some artistic integrity attached to the contest, and joining Stipe on the judging panel will be author James Frey and a number of other celebrity fashion designers and photographers.
“There is perhaps no one better suited to sit on this council than Michael Stipe, for his love of beauty and his executed works of digital media and art and his passion for the evolution of the image is strong and profound,” said Chief Council Member Johnny Misheff on Stipe’s inclusion on the selection committee. “He is, after all, the creator of this show’s title.”
“Moving the Still” is accepting submissions until Nov. 7, and the winner will be announced on Nov. 26. For more information, visit the contest’s website here.