The Sublime Beauty Of Wikipedia GIFs

A new site randomly extracts moving images from Wikipedia’s articles. Forget Tumblr, this is real net art.

Wikigifs, created by Joel Franusic, is a single-serving site that shows you a random GIF from Wikipedia’s servers with each click. Wikipedia was founded in 2001 and didn’t really hit its stride until 2004, but these thousands of GIFs are pure ’90s — created, as most of Wikipedia’s content is, by users.

There’s something soothing about looking at Wikipedia this way; it’s the sum of human knowledge, at least on the Internet, distilled into a bunch of pixelated, dithered, borderline-inexplicable animations. Minus context, they become almost beautiful. And they raise questions too. Like:

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3. Who are these men?

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4. What terrifying “game” is this?

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5. What do these arrows mean? And what — or WHO — are they pointing at?

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6. Why didn’t I stick with calculus for a few more years?

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7. What happens when we ARRIVE at this mountain range?? Who will be waiting for us at the top?

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8. Where can I find Dancing Coke?

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9. Which Wikipedia editor made this GIF? Does he live in my state??

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10. Is this how babies are made?

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11. What’s the deal with TRIANGLES?

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12. Does this lil guy have a name? Can we keep him? Pleeaasssseeee???

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13. This one’s just cool:

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Here, try it for yourself. I could click this site for hours. WELCOME TO THE NEW “ART.”

Thanks to @selviano for the tip.

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