GIF(t) Map (2013)
Part of a larger, multimedia exploration of my relationship to strangers who are publicly mourning and remembering my father. These people leave flowers and gifts, in the form of animated GIFs, on my father’s grave in a virtual cemetery called FindAGrave.com. I produced an interactive, web-based map that links the GIFs to the locations from which they were sent. In addition to wanting to see the distribution of these gif(t)-givers across the country (and globe), I became interested in moving beyond the visual nature of the GIFs and enhancing our other senses – I did this by adding sounds. What results is a “soundmap” of these little symbols of memorial.