C-Level presents MemeFest
Friday, NOV 1st 6pm-11pm
at C-level in Chinatown Los Angeles
LA FREEWAVES opening night event
If the Internet is the Id of the culture, what is "Punch a Spice Girl" trying to tell us? MemeFest investigates the dream logic behind the seemingly meaningless digital propagation of images fads, and obsessions.
Hatt Baby, Bush Monkey, All Your Base, Hamster Dance: are these examples of self-replicating digital folk art or vacuous self-referential sloganeering? Or has the very idea of "meme" itself already spun out of the reach of any intended meaning and into a vague stratosphere of empty celebrity? Hey! That's funny stuff!
Memefest will divide its time between a lively discussion of memes (in their most general and most specific aspects) and themed screenings of some of these phenomena, focusing on their visceral entertainment value and far reaching cultural pertinence.
Jason Brown (paranoid architectures and alien technology)
David Cassel (celebrity torture and pop-cultural resistance)
Deborah Forster (the self-reflexivity of "meme" as meme)
Jeff Herman (Slashdot and the Giant Gameboy)
Eric Saks (Tobacco Geezers and viral marketing)
Eddo Stern (Bin Laden Games and neo-orientalism)
Cocktails, Games and other pleasures to precede and follow.
Eddo Stern: eddoATSIGNc-level.cc
Jason Brown: jasonATSIGNc-level.cc
Memfest info: http://c-level.cc/memefest
C-level is a cooperative public and private lab formed to share physical, social and technological resources. Its members are artists, programmers, writers, designers, agit-propers, gamers, filmmakers and reverse-engineers. Part studio, part club, part stage and part screen; C-Level is located in a basement in Chinatown Los Angeles and plays host to various events such as screenings, performances, lectures, debates, dances, readings and tournaments.
Directions to C-level:
1 Find yourself in front of Full House Restaurant, 963 N. Hill
Street in Chinatown
2. Locate the alley on the left hand side of Full House.
3. Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).
5. Notice dumpster on your right hand side.
6. Take a right and continue down the alley.
7. Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot
8. The entrance to C-Level is located 10 yards down on left side, behind a red door, down a black staircase.