An Investigation of Memes as Art and Art as Memes
WED, 19 May 2021
3:30 pm–6:30 pm
SUN, 16 May 2021
Max. number of participants: 15
academics, activists, art historians, designers, web lovers, visual cultures scholars and whomever may be oriented to an unorthodox approach to internet memes studies.
The workshop is part of Meme Manifesto, a transmedia project about Internet Memes that explores the occult meanings and communicative potentials of memetic symbology, where Clusterduck is investigating different aspects of meme culture through various media: an art book, an interactive website, a physical installation and a participative workshop.
Clusterduck will introduce the ubiquitous tools and practices used by the members of the collective to explore the world of memeology and subcultural internet studies. Clusterduck will then assist the participants during a session of field research into the depths of the social media web. The goal of this session would be to unravel the relationship between Internet memes and contemporary Art. Can a meme be considered art? What do memetic forms and art forms have in common? Are some types of memes influenced by artistic movements such as Dadaism, Cubism, Minimalism and Abstractionism?
During our three-hour meeting, we will split the participants into groups to delve further into the research and examine the same object from multiple points of view. We will use Telegram chats and other messaging platforms to share inputs, findings and contributions while drawing connections and producing analyses of the phenomena we encounter. The final part of the workshop will involve mutual work on a digital collage, inspired by the work of Aby Warburg, to resume your research and thus include it in the “Detective Walls” panels of Meme Manifesto.
Clusterduck is an interdisciplinary collective working in the fields of new media studies, design and transmedia, investigating processes and actors behind the creation of Internet-based content. It curated the online exhibition #MEMEPROPAGANDA, hosted by Greencube Gallery, which was presented at The Influencers Festival (Barcelona), Tentacular Festival (Madrid), IFFR (Rotterdam), Urgent Publishing (Amsterdam, Arnheim), Radical Networks (Berlin) and others. Clusterduck is currently developing Meme Manifesto, a transmedia project that collectively explores the occult meanings and communicative potentials of memetic symbology. The first stage of the project has been developed at IMPAKT (NL) during this year’s EMAP/EMARE residency programme and presented at ARS ELECTRONICA 2020. Clusterduck also created the participative exhibition #MEMERSFORFUTURE, investigating the role of memetics in the global climate justice movement. The exhibition has been shown at re:publica 2020 and IMPAKT FESTIVAL 2020.
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Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2021
In coproduction with:
The Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana
he Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Slovenia