Art is subjective. Most of the time. But, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota has determined that home videos of house cats--previously limited to the Internet-are, in fact, works of art.
This summer, Walker will hold its third annual "Internet Cat Video Festival" where they will show what is described as a "curated collection of cat clips...in a social environment."
In a statement on its website, Walker defends the decision to categorize cat videos as a medium that deserves artistic merit:
"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."
The site does not specify who the people are that are angered by cat videos, but it is a safe bet that they work for Al Qaeda.
This year's screening will be held as a free community event in an open field on August 14th. The event will be postponed until the 21st if there's train. (Cats hate rain.)
The festival accepts submissions from anyone, but the deadline is fast approaching. If you don't get your cat video to the judges by May 1st, you will lose your chance to compete for the coveted "Golden Kitty People's Choice Award" given to the best video of the festival.
So, as you can imagine, I have to stop writing now and get home.