Internet Cat Video Film Festival

July 11, 2012 • 10:52 pm

by Greg Mayer

From the BBC’s Technology [?] section, comes news of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center. The festival will be held August 30, 2012, from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM. (An hour seems a bit brief, but most cat videos are really short.)

If you can’t go, you can participate by nominating a cat video for screening at the festival. I hope some nearby WEIT reader will be able to attend and send us a report. (If it were a squid film festival, I think we know someone in Minnesota who could be relied upon.)

The cat video is the 21st century’s signature artistic form, transcending barriers of language and culture to produce an enduring record of humanity’s attempt to inaugurate an era of truly global connectivity based on the immanent, universal, and yet wholly locally-contextualized presence of the feline in all of our lives. With that in mind, here’s 43 seconds of my cat rolling around on the floor.

6 thoughts on “Internet Cat Video Film Festival

  1. “The cat video is the 21st century’s signature artistic form, transcending barriers of language and culture to produce an enduring record of humanity’s attempt to inaugurate an era of truly global connectivity based on the immanent, universal, and yet wholly locally-contextualized presence of the feline in all of our lives.”

    That’s good stuff. You should expand that thought and submit it to “Social Text.”

  2. OK. So why *do* cats roll on the floor? (A friend of mine would simply say “Because it feels good.”) What is the rolling on the floor behavior?

    1. Sometimes it says “Hi, I’m friendly, let’s play!” So another cat knows it’s time for a fun wrestle, not a fight. Kittens do it in submission to older cats – “Hi, I’m little and cute, don’t hurt me!” For cats who like belly rubs from humans (some love it and some can’t stand it) it just means “I want some attention, rub the belly!” Some rolling on the floor does seem to be simple backscratching because it feels good. I have one cat who doesn’t seem to know how to roll, though he’s very athletic otherwise. If his back itches, he twitches his skin and races around in frustration because he’s never figured out how to roll or lean against something to scratch.

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