Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides, 2018-19
Game Mod

Elegy is a gaming mod for Grand Theft Auto V that reenacts each day the total gun homicides for one year from July 4th, 2018 to July 4th, 2019. Gun homicide data was scraped continuously from the Gun Violence Archive. Gun homicide totals since are revised daily on this website which were then fed directly into the project – starting at 0 each midnight, each day the new total body count since January 1st was reenacted in it’s totality and so on. The project launched on July 4th, 2018 when there were 7,293 gun homicides in the United States – by the end of 2018 this number will grew to 14,730, on January 1st, 2019 the homicide count for the year began anew at 0. The project was being live screened on Twitch.tv. 

The work was accompanied by a looping soundtrack, of the first radio recording of "God Bless America" as sung by Kate Smith in 1938. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the composing of this song by Irving Berlin. The work is a pilot project to explore data visualization using computer gaming. "Elegy" ceased live streaming after one year of 24/7 online operation on July 4th, 2019.

Developed in collaboration with Albert Elwin and the Biome Collective. Project consultant James Wood.

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides screen shot

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides twitch.tv screen with chat

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides twitch.tv screen with chat