You can save your snarky cat jokes for another time and place.
Maybe not. Falling under the list of, “You have to see it to believe it,” the Walker Art Center brings back (for its fourth installment, no less) the International Cat Video Festival on Aug. 12.
Even though tie-ins like “Golden Kitty Voting” (which is open now, by the way) sound too cute for words, it’s not all feline fun and games.
From six-second Vine videos to short films, the festival brings footage “offline,” which is to say, everyone gets together in a very social environment, watches footage of cats and bonds in a very special, very human way.
If this seems inexplicable, have no fear. The Walker is pitching it in the most elevated fashion possible. For that, we’ll let their public relations department speak for themselves: “Catvidfest and its ongoing success have reinforced the Walker’s reputation for risk-taking, programmatic innovation and community partnership. Internet cat videos are doing all of the things compelling art should: raising questions, challenging assumptions, angering people, and — in the case of our festival — creating a real experience. We assumed when we were assembling the clips that people would be eager to see new videos, but in actuality, the greater joy was sharing the experience of watching very familiar videos with each other.”
Well, at least you can say it isn’t a boring notion. Starting in 2012, courtesy of the Community Programs and Education Department and Open Field, hosted by radio personality Barb Abney of Go 96.3, held in the CHS open field, with videos curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos (that’s a whole other column), this is cat watching on a serious level.
What sorts of mayhem will go on inside the litter box? You’ll have to attend to find out. Possibly, a chorus of “Memory” wouldn’t go amiss, though.