The Giferator emerged out of my obsession with animated gifs, diptychs, and randomness. The execution was simple, visitors typed in a search term and the Giferator would composite a fresh animated gif made up from the first series of Google image search results. The gifs produced are often very provocative, delivering both a sense of information overload while also communicating the internet’s visual essence of a given idea. In the diptych gallery I juxtaposed two random animated gifs, which often results in new an interesting meaning because of complimentary or contrasting images, such as Soviet Godzilla.
VIST: The Giferator Gallery
Unfortunately the Giferator no longer works due to changes to google’s search api, but the gallery of past images thankfully remains. While I love the concept of the giferator, it may be for the better that it was shut down. A few weeks after launching the site it was picked up on a popular humor site, and was subsequently flooded with college students mostly interested in Giferating the most obscene possible images. I eventually deleted the entire database of images (over 10,000) and started fresh, this time with safe search turned on.