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Election 2019 was a meme festival, says ‘meme curator’

Election 2019 was a meme festival, says ‘meme curator’
Anuj Nakade. File

“Memes have exploded to the forefront of pop culture. Election 2019 was a meme festival and the Indian meme scene has benefited a lot over the last year,” says Anuj Nakade, a Pune-based pupil of legislation and, probably, India’s solely meme curator.

At Meme Regime 2.0, curated by Nakade, the viewers was given a background of the cultural phenomenon of memes as an artwork motion and the occasion made memes accessible on the identical time. It was held at TIFA Working Studios on Sunday.

A meme, which may very well be a humorous textual content, a darkly satirical video, a very nonsensical picture or a mixture of all these, is passing by the web on the pace wifi. Nakade says that mythology memes are massive in India, although the gold medal, over the previous 12 months, might be given to #JCBKiKhudayi.

The latter is impressed by the JCB machines that dig earth at development websites. For causes that no person can clarify — which is without doubt one of the traits of memes — pictures of individuals posing in entrance of the large yellow machines or movies of crowds gathered round it went viral, garnering tens of millions of hits, likes and forwards. JCB, the corporate that makes the machines, responded by tweeting on May 27 that they have been humbled by the love.

The occasion additionally included a curatorial stroll by some vital memes, a screening to know the historical past of memes, a presentation and a question-answer session. “Memes, by far, are the most democratic form of art in our time and they have been getting more absurd, referential, cryptic and downright dank as we move ahead. The core idea of the project is to theorise and understand the dynamics of meme trends, definitions and bizarre meme evolutions in detail as well as touch upon the exclusivity, critique, sources, perks, downfalls and boundaries of memes as jokes,” says Nakade’s curatorial notice.

Nakade has been making memes since 2007, starting with an image of Doge (a Shiba Inu species of canine) on which he had pasted a chef’s hat and written ‘Onion-cut much fry wow’ in vibrant textual content.

“I thought it was funny and it got hundreds of likes. You need one initiation meme and then you are sucked in and it is like a spiral. Initially, I used to share memes on Facebook but, eventually, moved on to sites such as Reddit,” he says.

He has carried out Meme Regimes in Pune earlier than, and different cities throughout India for individuals trying to know this phenomenon. Corporates and showbusiness are particularly involved about memes as a result of, “you want to get memed intentionally and not unintentionally when you are making a product”.

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