I Am Once Again Asking For Your Support: Memes, Politics and Virality

Sophie Publig
Peter Weibel-Research Institute for Digital Cultures, Peter Weibel-Research Institute for Digital Cultures
2021S, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03705

Description

From Pop cat to Bernie Sanders' mittens, from the Capitol siege earlier this year to the GameStop Stonks action - since the beginning of the pandemic, memes have become much more than just infectuous jokes on the internet. Considering that many of us have centered on an online lifestyle, we need to reflect not just on form and content of these memes, but also on their infrastructure.

We will look at the early beginnings of memes as cultural signifiers, asking whether they are really an invention of the 21st century. We'll try to understand why certain memes go viral while others don't and look at fundamental questions on authorship, community and right of ownership. Further, we will examine the close links between memes and politics as exemplified by the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the Black Lives Matter movement and the symbolism of political memeing.

Examination Modalities

The course is very lecture-intensive and will build up on knowledge acquired through reading. Each registered student is expected to participate during class, hold a short presentation on a meme format of choice and regularly submit self-made memes. If there is enough interest, we can collect all works and publish them.


Key Words

memes, digital cultures, internet art, cultural politics, media art

Dates

09 March 2021, 15:30–17:00
16 March 2021, 15:30–17:00
23 March 2021, 15:30–17:00
13 April 2021, 15:30–17:00
20 April 2021, 15:30–17:00
27 April 2021, 15:30–17:00
04 May 2021, 15:30–17:00
11 May 2021, 15:30–17:00
18 May 2021, 15:30–17:00
01 June 2021, 15:30–17:00
08 June 2021, 15:30–17:00
15 June 2021, 15:30–17:00
22 June 2021, 15:30–17:00
29 June 2021, 15:30–17:00

Course Enrolment

Until 01 March 2021, 00:00
The online registration was already closed

co-registration: possible

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