harriet bishop

Analogue Cities: Gifs

Analogue Cities is a project about preserving and celebrating the content saved from archived GeoCities pages. Launched in 1994, GeoCities was a web-hosting service that allowed anyone to upload and design their own webpages, which resulted in 38 million pages of highly personalised content. In 2009 GeoCities was shut down and those 38 million pages immediately deleted. Although digital archives of the site exist, the deletion of GeoCities raises the issue that digital content is temporal and transient.

Thus, Analogue Cities explores GeoCities in an analogue format; a format that cannot be deleted so easily. The collection of work aims to offer an insight to these often humorous and colourful designs. Analogue Cities is about the ugly, the unrefined and the bold.

The GIF book consists of a collection of GeoCIties GIFs. It explores the level of craft and artwork that has gone into the making these early GIF designs by blowing them up as large as possible to make them visible again.

Cover design drawn by hand with colouring pencils.