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 2018 gun homicides since January 1st, 2018, as scraped from the Gun Violence Archive. Gun homicide totals since January 1st are revised daily on this website which are then fed directly into the project – starting at 0 each midnight, each day the new total body count since January 1st is reenacted in it’s totality and so on. As of July 4th, 2018 there were 7,293 gun homicides in the United States – by the end of 2018 this number will likely reach close to 15,000. The project is being live screened on Twitch.tv. 

The work is 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. The intention is to run the project 24/7 for the next year until July 4th, 2019.

You can view a document of the project on youtube here. https://youtu.be/VazQ3RdeyDs

View the live stream of the project from Twitchtv here:
Watch live video from josephdelappe on www.twitch.tv

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