While GIFs are all the rage today, M.I.A. actually discovered and started creating GIFs before they were developed or widely-used. Using herself as the subject, she experimented with Photoshop on her best friend's computer. "It was not great, but it was a way for me to learn his computer. I made this frame-by-frame. I'd cut the background out," M.I.A. said in November 2012 at MoMA PS1. "Now it's just a click of a button, but back then, that was what I did for two weeks. I'd make this loop, which is now like a GIF, and that was enough." Her earliest GIF-making days paved the way for the larger, animated creations to come.