Three gentlemen with five computers and three projectors take the audience on a fast-paced and whirlwind tour of every major internet meme, famous piece of internet media and upwards of three hours of youTube footage over the course of one and one half of one hour. The modus is not depth, but breadth, and constant audience participation. The goal of the evening is to produce an audience generated entry of every internet phenomenon as possible, including but not limited to: LOLCats, Bouncing GIFs, Me Singing [blank], Reaction Videos, Folk Covers of Hip Hop Classics, FAILs, Redubbed music videos, and more. You can think of it as somewhere between a lecture, vaudeville and Double Dare.
You can find media from all previous Memefactories on flickr, vimeo and bandcamp. We’re working on getting this all better organized, so if you notice something is missing or can’t find something – let us know!
This one is a single projector job and we kept pretty close to our ten minute time slot, but there’s some good stuff and ideas in there. This is the first time we talk about the altruism angle we’re hoping to work into the forthcoming MemeFactory Book.
This PDF and the content within is licensed CC-BY, so have fun!
On the way back from a trip to Brazil as goodwill American Memebassadors to Social Media Week São Paulo, we got to talking (the plane ride and customs line were really long). More than a year ago, a friend looked at us after a MemeFactory performance and said “you guys should write a book.” We all laughed. When a stranger said the same thing two months ago, we stroked our collective beard in deep consideration…
After some careful planning and more self-publishing research than we ever thought we’d do, we’ve decided we’re ready to embark on this adventure. So we’ve started some drafts, put together an outline and are funding the whole thing on Kickstarter.
We’ve spent the last two years developing ideas, theories and philosophies about internet culture and everything surrounding it.
We’re all three of us very opinionated and have a lot to say on the matter, which is not surprising seeing as how we’ve performed the show more than a dozen times now and it’s been different every time. We’re constantly rewriting, rethinking, re- (and over-) analyzing.
The problem is that while a fast-paced performative lecture is great for showing funny pictures, it’s not exactly suited for presenting the minutiae of some of these ideas we’ve developed and becomes really enamored with over the last two years. So we’d been searching for another outlet. Change the MemeFactory format? Naw. Write research papers for scholarly journals? Those guys don’t like jokes as much as we do. Rent out billboard space? Seems flashy.
So by the end of August, we hope to have a book. Like a real book, made of paper. We’re gonna sell it at our shows and maybe other places if people really seem to like it. But there will also be a free PDF on this website. And everything – the words, images, design, everything – is going to be licensed CC-BY. Because that’s how we roll.
Once it’s published, we’re also going to open up our MemeFactory Research Database, a little vault of media and ideas we’re using to put the book together and to store all the media for every MemeFactory show past and future.
There’s a ton more info – including the outline of the book – at our Kickstarter Project Page. We’ll hope you take a look, and we’ll double-extra-super-hope you’ll support our cause.
So we’ve been talking for forever about doing this, and it worked out that this most recent MemeFactory was the first in a while that was at a good cross-section of appropriate for PDF-ification and easy enough to make happen. So here it is. It ain’t perfect, but it’ll get the job done for all you people who want to quote us… why you’d want to do that in the first place… well… that’s your deal I guess.
We may or may not PDF our past shows, but will more than likely try to PDF all our future shows. So look forward to more of this extra-wide document goodness. And incase you’re curious, this shiz is:
You might not know it from reading this website – WHOOPS, SORRY EVERYBODY NOTHING TO SEE HERE APPARENTLY – but WWKSF went to Brasil at the beginning of the month with MemeFactory. Social Media Week Sao Paulo was kind enough to invite us to keynote the second evening of talks and it was a blast!
The folks over at The Conflux Festival asked us some questions about our work: developments after last years Conflux performance, what we’ve been up to recently and our thoughts on the ever-changing technology landscape.
This year, MemeFactory will be attending to deliver a brand-new all-open all-video performance. Slated for this time around: iPhone controlled laptops, TCP/IP coordinated Keynotes, live-tweeted attribution, HTML 5 supported streaming simulcast, and MORE FUNNY, EMBARRASSING, AND CONFUSING VIDEOS THAN YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN ONE PLACE BEFORE IN YOUR LIFE.
We’re in the middle of developing – and hopefully will soon begin executing – our plan for 2010. We had a really successful 2009 and we owe that to the literally hundreds of people who came out to see our shows at 3rd Ward, Judson Memorial Church, and NYU just to name a few. We never imagined shows about Hannah Montana and pictures of cats from the internet would draw enough of a crowd that we’d have standing room only in a 200+ seat auditorium, so as performers and performance-makers we’re thrilled for all the support.
So on that note, if 2009 was our year to perform as much as we possibly could, we’re going to be spending 2010 making as much as we can. Which means you’re probably going to be seeing less of us IRL over the next 9 to 12 months, but we’ll be making frequent updates here and hopefully producing a wealth of online / media only content.
In the works right now we have:
• Further updates to Loan Words
• Further publications of textual works based on YouTube comments
• Two audio only works which look like they might exceed 5hrs in length
• A Memerelated video series (sans-lab coats, of course).
Not to mention three performances ranging from smallish to … Gimantis™. We’ll make further updates as they are worth making but, the rundown looks something like this:
• MemeFactory: Memebrids NYU – Feb 19th (not yet sure if this is open to the public).
And as always it’s possible things might change, and we’re all doing a fair bit of traveling and have a fair number of non-wwksf projects in the works as well. But between now and further updates, Happy 2010 and thanks again for your continued and most awesome support.