Tomorrow the proposal for the project is due. The past couple of days myself, Aine and Vinnie have been researching memes and creating an idea for the final piece we plan to create. We have decided to create an animation about Memes, to be specific the origins of Memes.
When researching meme culture, we looked into its origins. Richard Hawkins first coined the term in his book ‘The Selfish Gene’. The word is used as a description of “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture”. (Meme – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2014) Internet culture has adapted the term with ‘bad luck Brian’, ‘Success Kid’, ‘Y U NO’ and ‘Philosoraptor’ to name a few. These Internet memes have spread throughout Internet culture. They are imitations of each other, and become viral over night.
We plan on creating a collaboration on hitrecord.org and asking the public to create short animations on how they think a selected meme was created. The style we would like is simplistic; pencil-drawing animations, minimal colour, if any etc. When enough animations have been gathered we plan on compiling them together to create the stick man in the gallery story. We feel this will allow us to gather ideas on how people believe memes have been created. The opening sequence will be made by us to intense and influence the people who are interested. This will also help give a sense of style that we are hoping to achieve
- Meme – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2014. Meme – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meme. [Accessed 11 February 2014].