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29-05-2013 -  0850665


Personal definition :

It is an image (most of the time humoristic) where an idea or a person is represented but it has no immediate sense, that’s why a sentence is associated to it. It is part of the web entries that are consumed every day but are not meant to last in the future.

First definition :

What is MEME?
MEME is “An idea that spreads like a virus by word of mouth, email, blogs etc”

MEME Definition / MEME Means
The definition of MEME is “An idea that spreads like a virus by word of mouth, email, blogs etc”

The Meaning of MEME
MEME means “An idea that spreads like a virus by word of mouth, email, blogs etc”
So now you know – MEME means “An idea that spreads like a virus by word of mouth, email, blogs etc” – don’t thank us. YW!

What does MEME mean?
MEME is an acronym, abbreviation or slang word that is explained above where the MEME definition is given.

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Second definition :

An Internet meme is a cultural phenomenon that spreads from one person to another online.
A meme spread online could be just about anything that is voluntarily shared, including phrases, images, rumors and audio or video files. An Internet meme might originate and stay online. However, frequently memes cross over and may spread from the offline world to online or vice-versa.

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Third definition :

An Internet meme may take the form of an image, hyperlink, video, picture, website, or hashtag. It may be just a word or phrase, including an intentional misspelling. These small movements tend to spread from person to person via social networks, blogs, direct email, or news sources. They may relate to various existing Internet cultures or subcultures, often created or spread on sites such as 4chan, Redditand numerous others.
An Internet meme may stay the same or may evolve over time, by chance or through commentary, imitations, parody, or by incorporating news accounts about itself. Internet memes can evolve and spread extremely rapidly, sometimes reaching world-wide popularity within a few days. Internet memes usually are formed from some social interaction, pop culture reference, or situations people often find themselves in. Their rapid growth and impact has caught the attention of both researchers and industry.[3] Academically, researchers model how they evolve and predict which memes will survive and spread throughout the Web. Commercially, they are used in viral marketing where they are an inexpensive form of mass advertising.

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Fourth definition :

  1. an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)
  2. a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable
  3. the fundamental unit of information, analogous to the gene in emerging evolutionary theory of culture- meme pool (n.) :
    - all memes of a culture or individual
    - memetic (adj.) : relating to memes
    - memetics (n.) : the study of memes
  4. in blogspeak, an idea that is spread from blog to blog
  5. an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information
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Free culture meme exemples :

22-05-2013 -  wuasa

Freedom of Culture, Open (Cahier on Art and the Public Domain)

Remix and Remixability, Lev Manovich

21-05-2013 -  Tash Berting

Found an interesting blog with some surprising examples of copying and remixing in the fashion and art world.

In the words of the blogger herself:

“Part Nouveau can be used to characterize fashion photography, fashion trends and ultimately anything within the creative field that borrows, reappropriates or is directly inspired by a work which preceded it.”

18-05-2013 -  Tash Berting

Came across an interesting article on wikipedia about Kopimism: the religion that copies.

According to the Kopimist constitution:

  • Copying of information is ethically right;
  • Dissemination of information is ethically right;
  • Copymixing is a sacred kind of copying, moreso than the perfect, digital copying, because it expands and enhances the existing wealth of information;
  • Copying or remixing information communicated by another person is seen as an act of respect and a strong expression of acceptance and Kopimistic faith

A little silly but one thing is for sure: ‘copymixing’ needs to be written into the dictionary. Read the whole article here.

Another interesting term I’ve just read about is that of ‘the folk process’. In folklore studies, it’s used to express the way folk material is transformed and re-adapted in the process of its transmission from person to person and from generation to generation. It’s a musical term that’s really relevant to the Embracing the Remix TED talk by Kirby Ferguson (here) on Bob Dylan’s ‘copied’ songs and what remixing really means to creativity and society in general.

I think memes are almost like the folk process on steroids. This is an interesting article (though it’s not that pretty. no pictures!) if you want to know more:

15-05-2013 -  wuasa






09-05-2013 -  wuasa

on viral
And Then There’s this

on 4chan memes
RMS dating simulator
Stallman alert

relevant literature

Internet meme related news
Warner Bros. Sued For “Stealing”’
Eight things killing the Harlem Shake

stuff to watch
Event Wiki’s suggested list
Oliver laric’s version and vvversion


09-04-2013 -  wuasa

Sarah Ross, Archisuits, 2008

Sarah Ross, Archisuits, 2008

Florian Rivière, Don't pay, play!, 2011

Book review from

“Unpleasant Design dresses the portraits of bullying urban furniture, looks at the specific strategies behind its design, comments on the use and control of public and semi-public spaces. After having had the book in your sandpapered hands, you won’t look at your city with the same eyes, i’m sure.

The book documents and casts a critical eye on design motivated by policies of exclusion but, and that’s what makes the book such an inspiring lecture, it also looks at how individuals, artists, activists are responding to urban unpleasantness.

Authors Gordan Savicic and Selena Savic have spent over a year researching forms of social unpleasantness, taking photos wherever they went, writing down ideas and talking with people who are also denouncing and resisting unpleasant design. The resulting essays and interviews are enclosed in the book. Among my favourite are:Survival Group’s photos and comments about Anti-Sites (the spaces designed to prevent homeless people or simply weary passersby to sit down and have a rest), Vladan Jeremic’s look at the hidden politics of garbage removal in Belgrade, an interview with the insightful and witty urban hacktivist Florian Rivière, a discussion with ‘neo-nomad’ Yasmine Abbas, another one with Dan Lockton of Design with Intent, the interview with Gilles Paté, the ‘fakir‘ of urban spaces, etc. Add to that, plenty of case studies, examples of artistic devices and ideas that create and fight unpleasant design but also the outcome of a competition about unpleasant design.”

03-04-2013 -  wuasa

Dutch 'coziness'. Maartje and Dylan

Abandoned Belgium village Doel in reference to Dutch Village, Rijk that was demolished for the construction of Schiphol. Thibault

more history:

Guerilla gardening contraptions. Tristian

Paper bag stencil graffiti. Tristian

27-03-2013 -  wuasa

Detail of Timorous Beasties' wallpaper

Brought up in Doris’s talk:

Brought up in Maartje’s talk, could be interesting for Dylan too.
(Scottish textile designers that depict provokative urban scenary)

Brought up in Marcel’s talk:

20-03-2013 -  wuasa

Brought up in Thibault talk:
Mail art and Sousveillance

Brought up in Tristians talk:
The Fun Theory (indeed an initiative of volkswagen, my mistake)

Brought up in Justiens talk:
Improved Reality/Augmented Reality.
The Artvertiser by Julien Oliver, inpired by the film “They Live” by John Carpenter

Brought up in Nedijdas talk:
“Painting Reality” by Iepe Rubingh

Maybe interesting for Dylan in regards to security tape:
“The Joker Performance” by Iepe Rubingh

Brought up in Lizettes talk:
Shiro Masuyama elastic band crossing the line

Brought up in Guillaumes talk in lesson 4:
Unpleasant design completion by Gordan Savičić and Selena Savić

From John Carpenters film, "They Live"

Work by Harmen de Hoop