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.

 

“To meme, or not to meme”

Art evokes emotion, thought and usually leads to more unexplored theories on art. I think memes are mostly good for the future of art because they are part of the art landscape. I think memes do amplify communication because they are so readily available, fun to use and relatable like the one below that was shared on the Instagram page @buzzfeedUK.

 

People do express themselves through memes and I think they do well because more than one person can relate to the meme in different situations. Self-expression finds many forms in written or fine art and memes are used because people can create them themselves, easily. Creativity is not limited to people in the fine arts and I think some meme creators use their creativity/talent just as much.

For example, a respected artist can have an installation at a gallery and reach the same amount of people as a well-known meme page on Instagram. There might not be a distinct overlay in their audiences, but access to technology has allowed to Instagram meme page owners to quit their 9-5 jobs.

 

 

Should memes be considered an Art Form?

Memes plague the internet. Memes are used everywhere and by everyone. So yes, I believed that memes are an art form. Memes, just like a normal photography without a “watermark” or text, convey a thousand words. Memes are created to evoke a reaction out of the viewer, whether it be a laughter or a second long chuckle. Lastly, please enjoy these artworks…I mean memes, I have created using scenes from some of my favorite movies. The first one is from the movie “Split”(2017), the second one is from “Now you see me 2″(2016) and the last one is also from the movie “Now you see me 2″(2016).

Are Internet Memes ART?

Are Internet Memes ART?

Let’s discuss!

First – (Screen the video above and then read the article far below.)

Second – Do an Internet search for “Are memes ART?” See what you discover. No matter how you cut it, memes are here to stay…is this good or bad for Art? Is this good or bad for communication? Are memes forms of self-expression? Well, why or why not? I want to know what you think. And by all means share your favorites existing Memes via URL, or embed them in a new blog post for this coming week.

Oh, and, you MUST create own MeMe to express your sentiments for our CT101 class! Be sure to include the words “CT101” in your meme!

Perhaps, you will say “CT101 be like…”

OR, “What if I told you that CT101….”

All of this nestles quite well into in new Blog post! (thats your assignment!)

***The CT101 Meme Project will be exhibited on the NET-ART website as a collaboration project!  Check out some of the other projects on display there now – https://netart.commons.gc.cuny.edu/galleries-exhibitions/

Are Memes the Pop Culture Art of our Era? Kate Knibbs

Have fun!