Well, we knew all that. We also have fewer opportunities to socialize and share our love of felinity than do those who favor animals who run in packs. Cat videos are a natural means of sharing our affection.
CAM offered a chance to do it together with the 2013 edition of the video festival from the
There were adoptable kittens from Tenth Life Cat Rescue dozing adorably in cages in the courtyard, representatives from Stray Rescue, whisker-centric face-painting, the opportunity to acquire a (removable) set of pointy ears of one's own, and, most importantly, the chance to enjoy a selection of high-quality cat videos with an audience of peers.
"I bought tickets the day they went on sale," she said.
Another self-described CCL,
Asked what she found appealing about cat videos, Simmons replied, "It's cats doing silly things, just like people do. I came because I thought it would be fun to have a whole bunch of people watching cat videos together."
So did the rest of the sold-out house, with roars of laughter at feline hijinks and a collective "Awww" greeting every sleeping kitten or snugglesome cat in the next 75 minutes.
There were the familiar (Henri, le chat noir; Grumpy Cat), unknowns, videos that recorded natural behaviors (
With snippets and complete videos, the editing was subtle and well-done. Selections were grouped by type ("Hall of Fame," "Comedy," "Drama," "Music") well-chosen and nicely varied.
"It's an extraordinary phenomenological event," said CAM's executive director,
Acknowledging that the museum was seeing hundreds of new faces, she added, "We're a contemporary art museum. What better place to celebrate contemporary culture?"
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