Alex da Corte

Art Basel
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How Fine Art Meets Internet Culture In Wynwood During Art Basel

Mallikarjuna and Ritter wanted a GIF of President Obama dancing to Beyoncé's Single Ladies but couldn't find one. So they made it themselves. It went viral.
Credit Krutika Mallikarjuna and Chris Ritter /

Remember those unsettling dancing babies? The ones that got passed around the Internet in the days before social media and eventually made their way onto the Fox TV show, Ally McBeal? Those were GIFs.  

GIF stands for graphics interchange format. It's a series of still images, looped --  and last month, after 25 years of existence, it was named the Oxford English Dictionary 2012 American word of the year.

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