For the second consecutive year, on Saturday, August 22, the
Farnsworth Art Museum will present the Internet Cat Video Festival and
Fair. Presented by the Farnsworth’s newest membership group the
[Collective], the event will take place at Rockland’s Harbor Park
beginning at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. At approximately 8 p.m.,
the 70-minute reel of 85 internet cat videos will begin. The rain date
for the event will be the following day, Sunday, August 23, at the same
During the fair portion of the evening, there will be face painting;
food vendors; live music provided by Clint Hartzel and Andre Lascoutx;
as well as other cat-themed shenanigans. PAWS Animal Adoption Center and
the Pope Humane Society will have cats onsite that are up for adoption.
Begun in 2012 at the Walker Art Center, a renowned contemporary art
museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Internet Cat Video Festival is the
first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live
event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of
cat clips—from six second Vine videos, to short films and everything in
between—in a social environment. The first festival was an unparalleled
and unexpected success.
The Farnsworth believes that internet cat videos are doing many of
the things compelling art should: raising questions, challenging
assumptions, surprising people, and—in the case of this
festival—creating a real, multisensory experience. This festival is a
crowd-sourced social gathering that taps into the growing trend towards
socially engaged art and public practice: it’s not just about watching
cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together.
At sundown, the public is invited to bring their own chair or blanket
and find their way to the big screen in Rockland’s Harbor Park.
Sponsors for the Farnsworth’s second annual Internet Cat Video Festival
include The Camden Hospital for Animals; The Cote Corporation; The Pope
Memorial Humane Society of Knox County; Synergy Massage & Bodywork;
The Strand Theatre; Flatbread Company and an anonymous donor. For more
information, please visit the Farnsworth Art Museum’s website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org/
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