New York Museum explores how cats took over the internet



2015-07-22 15:52:39

New York's Museum of Moving Image is set to present an exhibition examining one of the most pressing topics of the age: How Cats Took Over The Internet.

The exhibition will explore how videos, GIFs and images of cats came to dominate our everyday online lives, from lolcats and Grumpy Cat to Nora the Piano Cat.  

Although the videos featured in the exhibition may be less-than-serious, organizers will critical examinations of what our infatuation with amusing cats says about modern culture.

“The Internet’s collective obsession with cats offers a window into the way we understand ourselves," said Jason Eppink, exhibition organizer and Associate Curator of Digital Media. "This exhibition examines the many reasons for this deceptively frivolous phenomenon and highlights the new ways we’re creating, consuming, and sharing culture.”

A multimedia timeline will illustrate the depiction of cats in film, photography and other media, and the museum's video screening amphitheatre will show a collection of videos selected by Will Braden, curator of the Internet Cat Video Festival.

In addition, The Cat-vant Garde Film Show on Saturday, October 10 will celebrate how cats have inspired experimental film-makers since the 1960s – taking its cues from Intercat, the first avant-garde cat film festival which took place back in 1969.

Visitors will also have the chance to create their very own lolcats, and contribute their favourite cat images and videos to the exhibition.

How Cats Took Over the Internet runs at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria until January 31, 2016.

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