The world’s first all-emoji art & design show, produced by Forced Meme Productions in partnership with Eyebeam & GroupMe, received massive acclaim across tech, arts, media, and mainstream press. Check out some of the highlights below:
“Emoji is very universal,” Ms. Wortham, a tall woman with thick-rimmed glasses, said, “but there’s also a cultural agreement that the definitions mutate and change depending on who you’re talking to and what you’re talking about. It’s rare that language has that fluidity and that flexibility.”—
"This is what happens when you let the Internet party IRL." - Mashable
"Halloween costumes used to be easy. Put on a tail and grab a pitchfork and you could be one sly devil. Grab a cape and some fangs – sucks to be you, Dracula. But now those costumes feel played out, and many people putting together a Halloween ensemble don’t just need a costume, they need a concept — and a current one. Which is to say, they need a meme.” - Wired
"Facsimile online stars we spotted included Lil Bub, Ylvis, Grumpy Cat, Banksy and the pumpkin-headed dude who dances to the Ghostbusters theme.” - Time Out New York
"Last night marked the fifth annual HallowMEME Costume Party. What the hell’s that, you ask, while massaging Himalaya Hair Loss Cream into your scalp and cranking up Daydream Nation (which just turned 25). According to the essential website Know Your Meme, HallowMEME is ‘an Internet meme-themed costume contest and party held in New York City during the week of Halloween.’ It also takes place in Brooklyn. Are you scared yet?” - Gothamist
"Some of the more outlandish outfits of the party were too esoteric even for us, and we spend all day on the Internet." - New York Observer
"The Internet went offline at the fifth annual HallowMEME party at Brooklyn’s Bell House last night, thrown by Forced Meme Productions, Kelly Reeves, Andrea Rosen, and Lindsey Weber (who, it should be noted, dressed up as emojis with their stances ready for recognition)." - Flavorwire
"With Internet literacy belonging to more and more people, this year’s HallowMEME was full of costumes I’m sure you’ll recognize." - New York Magazine’s Vulture
"Because there’s nothing scarier than basement cat, here comes the fifth anniversary of HallowMEME." - The Brooklyn Paper
Come one, come all! I’m having a book baby! On Wednesday, April 3rd, the day after the STFU, Parents book comes out, I’ll be setting up a live webcam as I simulate giving birth to a book at Housing Works in SoHo, NYC! Everyone will wear hospital gowns and listen to Enya as I prepare…
It’s a book! Another Forced Meme Production coming your way on 4/3. RSVP now.
““Since blizzard conditions are likely to persist through Saturday night in many locations, disaffected citizens should not hesitate to watch this classic rom-com a second time, especially the heartwarming climactic scene when Joe comes into the park walking his dog Brinkley and Kathleen realizes he was the one she’d been corresponding with all along.” Uccellini added that he and FEMA director W. Craig Fugate had already begun emergency talks with TBS to begin delivering a much-needed Nora Ephron movie marathon to those in the hardest-hit areas.”—Report: Authorities Recommend The Film ‘You’ve Got Mail’ For Those Snowed In Today | The Onion (via interweber)
HallowMEME 2012: Photos and recaps from around the web
The biggest, binderiest, and most-photographed HallowMEME yet drew over 500 guests to Brooklyn’s Bell House last week.
Here’s what the internet press said about HallowMEME 2012, sponsored by Tumblr & Giant Media:
"Social-media junkies Forced Meme hosted the costumed shindig at the Bell House, and plenty of blog addicts turned out to depict their favorite viral phenomena.” - Time Out New York
"A group of brave and Tumblr-savvy New Yorkers gathered at the Bell House to celebrate the fourth annual HallowMeme, a costume party dedicated to … well, all the dumb stuff you laugh at on the Internet.” - New York Magazine’s Vulture blog
"Stingrays were photobombing, Paul Ryans were pumping iron and women were chilling in their binders at the annual explosion of web culture, hosted by Forced Meme Productions.” - Mashable
"Attending Hallowmeme is like starring in a Disney Channel original movie in which you’re the main character who fell into your computer screen: It’s every Internet k-hole you’ve ever experenced come to life. Which sounds scary, but it’s actually pretty fun." - Betabeat
“In the age of Internet memes, creative and punny costumes are becoming the norm. Dressed as Mitt Romney? Boring. Dressed as ‘binders full of women?’ Now that’s more like it!” - CNN
“Despite the plethora of clever costumes, the evening’s clear winner strode through the crowd with an unmistakable air of confidence: Lauren Thompson, a 25-year-old production assistant at VH1, who came as Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant and star of TLC reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Ms. Thompson, who refused to disclose the cost of her costume (although it was rumored among the crowd to be up to $1,000), had mastered Honey Boo Boo’s stage moves as well as her lingo." - The Wall Street Journal
“Thanks to the creative folks over at Forced Meme Productions, the Bell House played host to the fourth annual HallowMEME Costume Party on October 25th. The evening was full of Bread Cats, Shamed Dogs, and our personal favorite, the surprise Stingray.” - Animal New York
"As internet culture continues to bleed into the mainstream, seemingly more so every year, Halloween is going to the memes.” - CBC
“Halloween may be next week, but Brooklyn’s ‘Hallowmeme' party got the costumed fun started early. There were lots of McKayla Maroneys and Psys … and of course there was a ‘Gangnam Style’ dance-off. ” - The FW
Hi. I’m going to use this tumblr thing of mine to talk a little bit about a painting I made for the CashCat.biz show that opens tonight. I’d like to use this space a little more to write about art and art-like things. I’m announcing this because there are a lot of you follower people (53,000+) and I think you mostly come for the pictures or are zombie bots. In that case you have already ignored this post because of the many words. I miss you but I understand. This is going to be a pretty casual tone. You can unbutton your collar or loosen your corset if you’d like.
Feedback would be cool too. I encourage you to message me or contact me on the internet. Cool, thanks : )
This painting is a cartoon portrait of an Objectivist cat. He’s rich and proud. He’s a rugged individualist- a cat of genius, a captain of industry. I’m offering a direct and laughable explanation as to why this cat has a pile of cash. It’s a schlocky painting in the vein of Cassius Coolidge’s ‘Dog’s Playing Poker.’ Anthropomorphism as absurdist satire.
It’s not a great painting or even a good one. As I’m making it, I’m trying to ‘paint well.’ This is similar to a schoolboy trying to really nail his arithmetic. It’s proper and polite painting that irritates everyone except elementary school teachers. Certain kids also think this kind of painting is cool. They are the introverts and weirdos who have favorite Roald Dahl stories. I am one of those kids (The BFG or Danny, Champion of the World) and I am trying to imagine myself as the court painter to a very privileged cat. It’s an important job I keep telling myself. This is a very important cat.