March 13 - 21, 2020
“For a meme to survive and spread in a competitive environment it must-have attributes that give it advantages over other memes.” – Diana Taylor, Women Mobilizing Memory.
A meme functions as a cultural replicator. The term meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his book “The Selfish Gene” 1976 to rhyme with “genes”. The logic was that genes are the biological mechanism vital in the reproduction of cultural codes it also has its roots in the Greek word mimeomai “I imitate”.
ME^2 is a critical analysis of how memes are a rapidly developing language and how it is continuing to develop through new symbols and iconography on a daily basis. Today, memes are an integral part of any vector of communication.
The show is an installation that challenges viewers to consider the physicality of memes. The artworks on the exhibition are manifestations of digital memes but created in more sculptural aesthetics with unfamiliar materials and sizes. The show is an installation that challenges viewers to consider the physicality of memes and the cultural effects they have in society. The artworks in the exhibition are a manifestation of digital memes translated into sculptural objects to experience memes in unfamiliar materials and scales.
ME^2 is an exhibition curated by Elizabeth Han in collaboration with Adult Swim and SMU student organizations: Femme, Spectrum and Asian Council.
Elizabeth Han is a multidisciplinary artist who makes work in regards to the physical and emotional presence of the body, the body as an anatomical study, a projection of social context, and everything in between.
Bottom Text: Is a show on Adult Swim by Cartoon network. The show consists of four influential meme artists who break down the top memes of every week and perform live meme-making challenges in order to free themselves from unseen malevolent forces.
About the Pollock Gallery
The Pollock Gallery plays a significant and valuable academic role in the University’s learning environment. A university art gallery is by its nature a logical extension of the studio classroom, and as such, it provides a place for the thoughtful and scholarly presentation and consideration of present and past artists and art forms. It is historically the proper vehicle for the study and examination of art, providing the Division of Art an arena for making the connections critical to the educational process.
Opening: March 13, 2020 | 5:30–9 pm
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