How Cats Took Over The Internet

August 07, 2015

Did you know there are over 32 million cat videos on Youtube? It was only a matter of time until somebody celebrated this true modern sub-genre of film and curated an exhibition dedicated to the domestic worlds most culturally significant feline friend. Crazy cat lady’s rejoice!

The exhibition spans a twenty year history of lolcats, Caturdays, cat shaming, cat breading and more. There are appearances of numerous cat memes and viral sensations such as Nyan cat, Grumpy cat, Keyboard cat and many more. You can watch a clip from what is believed to be the first cat video ever – a 1894 film shot by Thomas Edison of two cats boxing. You can watch a “Cat-vant Garde” experimental film, such as Carolee Schneemann’s Kitsch’s Last Meal or Pola Chapelle’s How to Draw a Cat. You can even adopt your very own cat.

Curator of the exhibition, Jason Eppink, gives some insight into the worldwide phenomenon and how it has affected society worldwide. “The Internet’s collective obsession with cats offers a window into the way we understand ourselves. This exhibition examines the many reasons for this deceptively frivolous phenomenon and highlights the new ways we’re creating, consuming, and sharing culture.”

The exhibition runs from August 7, 2015 to January 31, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image in, wait for it, New York. Unfortunately there’s no expected date for the exhibition to run in Melbourne, however we think if all of us unite and send enough Facebook wall posts to ACMI we might be in with a very distant future chance. Get to it!

Images: Grumpy cat, Nyan cat, cat breading, cat bearding, Hitler cat