Memes are art. Let me explain

The debates about “are memes art,” will never end. Those who consider art sacred will see memes as a joke, considering most memes are just that, a joke. However if you go by the definition of “art” then memes fit the criteria.

Art= the expression or application of human creative skills and imagination.

Whether you accept it or not, memes are a form of expression. With the simple use of photoshop anyone can create a meme to express their feelings about literally any thought that pop into their heads. Just today I was on my way to York, knowing I had a long day ahead of me, looking forward to CT101, while dreading my late class, English270.

Here are some memes, or should I say works of art I created to express how I feel about my Tuesday schedule.


CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

The Original Version of the Altered Portraits

CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

This fall semester the students at CUNY York College collaborated on the annual GIF the Portrait project.

CT101 is a digital storytelling course that fosters the understanding and application of digital tools while creating a digital identity on the Internet at large!

We knew the project would be a fine fit for the NET-Art open call for submissions via the CUNY academic commons.

This project will be live on the NET-ART website as of 12/12/18

CT101 has two sections this fall semester. Whilst learning some new blogging skills each student was asked to write an individual post about someone who inspires and motivates them. They were asked to share why and add contextual links for further clarification. (these can be found on the ct101 website) Using the portrait of that person selected we learned basic electronic image manipulation skills with adobe photoshop. Students also made some basic sequential motion graphics with those manipulated images. Then, they were asked to extract one single still-frame from their individual animations to contribute to the animations above. The result is a fast moving collaborative sequence of portraits. The portraits quickly morph and fragment into a series of animated iterations. Does the word ENERGy come to mind? We hope so (along with a little glitch aesthetic, we hope for that too). After the first animated collab was published, we began pushing the piece further by “examining the potentials of what else may happen?”

Students are now working on screen grabbing the consolidated GIFs and pushing them forward into “various otherness” using the mobile apps below.

Would you like to remix one? What is stopping you?!!

Stay tuned!

Glitche’ – camera –

Giphy Cam –

Instagram –


Assembly Design App –


Ultra-Pop -Infinite

GifVid (simple tool to covert GIF to Video, Video to GIF on the phone)
iColorama S rich featured image editor that maintains full resolution of images
Decim8 Glitch
ImgPlay – Awesome GIF maker!
Back Eraser – Great to remove background areas and make layers.
Imaengine – Tons of filters, vector conversions, stills & video
Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video


The GIF the Portrait project is an open project promoted by the NET-ART website on the academic commons. Would you like to join in and submit? Lets chat!

Share your Website’s URL & Comment!

Here we are 5 plus weeks into being the proud owners of a shiny new Website! We are customizing our pages, building menu navigation, tweaking colors and fonts, and blogging away into oblivion!

Its time to share your website’s URL here!

Simply leave a comment below with your website address and press the Post Comment button!

Be sure to include the-  http://  part.

Here is an example- 

Why are we doing this?

Well, to share our development and process of course! Maybe your classmates and peers missed your last few posts on because they are busy posting and working primarily on their own websites.

Let us share where we are at! This is mandatory!

After you post your websites URL, go and explore the websites of your classmates! Be sure to leave them a comment!

CT101 Students Rock Vapor Wave for the Commons!

Piece by: (Selena Matos) Giorno

With great pleasure I present to you the Vapor Wave Gallery of CT101 student work. Answering the open call for submissions on the NET-ART website powered by the CUNY Academic Commons, we hope you will enjoy the show!

Click here to View the Gallery

(if you don’t see your work in the gallery, it means you may have forgotten to e-mail me a .jpeg file/image of your piece – please send!)

How did this start?

Inspired by this great blog post previously published by professor Michael Branson Smith we set off to explore and experiment the genre as a class. The intention was to run through a series of class tutorials and then go off independently to generate images. Now that the gallery is place, what do you think? Lets share the links far and wide with our friends, family and network! Also, lets be sure to leave a comment on the gallery page – click here – then scroll to the bottom of the page and leave your sentiments! What did think of the process? Did you fall in love with Vapor Wave Aesthetic? Did you dig into the audio aspects of the genre? Share what you feel, perhaps it reminds you of “something” – comment here!

Vapor Wave is a vast and unique community! The musical aspect is huge, and the accompanying visuals are so attractive and contagious. The possibilities of how and where the aesthetic can be applied is even more expansive than we thought! You might ask yourself, why haven’t I heard of this before? Good question! It all seems to start with getting your feet wet with these two videos below, a little history really helps.

The gallery is an energetic series of our first static outcomes! These pieces set a tone for what is possible, and how we can push ourselves further. CT101 students are new to many of the software applications used in the course. We learned and applied a ton of new skills with adobe photoshop to create the digital collage works. Importing files, creating graphic assets, working with layers and gradients are all a part of the process. Saving files and exporting various file formats for the web were also explored and tested. We rocked it!

I want to make some MORE Vapor Wave Art! (right?)

A great way to get started and continue is by doing your own research and finding a tutorial or two that you can follow along with. I suggest these two below: (many more on youtube)

  1. Creating Vapor Wave – 1 –
  2. Creating Vapor Wave – 2 –

The tutorials are great to work along with. But alas! What if you don’t have access to adobe photoshop? Is there an alternative? Indeed, you can use web browser applications like:

  1. Pixlr –
  2. GIMP –
  3. Get Paint ( For PC users)

If you are looking for pre-made vapor wave elements, content and graphic assets you can easily grab a series of transparent images from doing a quick search that simply reads: “transparent vapor wave graphics“. The vapor wave community is proactive in sharing and uploading transparent graphics making it accessible and immediate for anyone to get involved.

Did you forget to e-mail me your contribution? Send it now!

rseslow at

What if I miss a CT101 class?

OK, You missed a CT101 class. You know it, I know it, we all know it, what now though?

OK, Keep Calm, there are resources to help keep you on track!

I know, your first impulse is to e-mail me, Ryan, aka professor Seslow and ask, “what did I miss?” – Before you do that, please read below.

All of the information that you need to keep up with CT101 is always posted to and updated  on our class calendar right here!

It is crucial that you visit the calendar page every week! You will need to do this while you are present in class, but you will also need to do this outside of class as well. Our class structure is set up as a hybrid course. 2 hours of lab time in person, and 2 hours of working time outside of the lab. So, in essence, if you miss the in-class lab time you need to pay even more attention to the class calendar. If you miss a class lab session you are still responsible for publishing 1-2 blog posts each week.

Please don’t default to e-mailing me before reviewing the calendar (which is full of information about each class and what we will cover that particular week) It is my intention to get you regularly referring to the calendar and following the instructions there. (This format is a big part of our learning experience) It is my intention to get you thinking and practicing the process of solving problems using the tools of the web and relaying them into narratives as blog posts! Trust me, you will see results.

Need examples? Simply visit the home page of the class blog to see what your fellow classmates are posting. There are always an abundance of examples!

Current posts from your classmates will help paint a really clear picture and series of examples for you for you to follow and draw inspiration from. BUT, but you will need to spend some time there.

PS – Again, it is my intention to get you into a trouble shooting mind set. To set you off clicking on links and discovering new things. If you have a question about an assignment’s technical or creative details, don’t dismiss asking Google! For example, last we worked on making MEMEs, and the Internet is full of tons of MeMe generators and tutorials on how to make them. The Internet is your co-pilot, ask questions and record your process.

Get Savvy, and share your process! Missing a class is actually great blog post content because you can write about how you resolved and figured out the current assignment you missed in class. Everyones unique contributions are important.

Of course you can always e-mail me for help and I am here, but lets compare where you are at rather than simply asking, “what did I  miss”?