Rejoice, fellow citizens of the internet! Your incessant reblogging of GIFs on Tumblr has not been in vein.
Such is the permeation of pictures and images generally involving cats and their various doings and transpirings on the internet that a museum in the US will soon dedicate an entire exhibit to the phenomena.
The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY will unveil the “How Cats Took Over The Internet” exhibition on August the 7th. According to the museum’s website, the exhibit will be “examining phenomena like Caturday, lolcats, cat videos, celebrity cats, and more to unearth why images and videos of the feline kind have transfixed a generation of web users. Touching on concepts like anthropomorphism, the aesthetics of cuteness, the Bored at Work Network, and the rise of user-generated content, this exhibit takes a critical look at a deceptively frivolous phenomenon.“
What exactly will be in an entire museum exhibit dedicated to cats on the web? We’re talking GIFs. Images. Videos. A timeline of internet cat moments (who came first? Maru or Grumpy Cat?). A world map of international cat memes, so you can see if cat humour translates universally, or if kittehs in Turkey have different hilarious habits. And even an interactive station where images of your very own fur child can be submitted for display.
Not enough? There’ll even be a screening room where “significant cat videos” will play on a continuous loop, finally removing the one user input step remaining between you and a drooling, cooing, hypnotised mess. Once you enter, you cannot escape. Make sure your affairs are in order, because that will be your life.
The exhibit runs in the Eastern borough of New York City until January 31st, 2016.
This is the world you live in now. Resistance is futile. Obey.
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