Pratt Institute School of Design

Seeking Authenticity through Internet Memes
Jin Tian
The creation of Internet memes itself is for emotional transmission and emotional expression. Users create and spread memes to realize their identity and seek group cultural identity. Memes are communicational tools. It can promote mutual recognition between members, as well as outside the group spread cultural significance. However, memes are always after the user or the creator of iterative processing and forming, and it is widely believed that memes are created as virtual reality. So whether memes can be used as a method for authenticity in design has potentials.

100 Days of Memes
The project aims at understanding how memes are produced and how the author, viewers, and users react to it.
Memetic filter-Kaleidoscope
The spinning cameras bring vertigo, an illusion of authenticity.
Delay zones
Form the visuals of combining different time segments.

Memetic filter-Distorted
The image is distorted through the lens (The Authenticity through the medium will be distorted).
Memetic filter-Experiment01
An experiment in P5.js.
Memetic filter-Experiment02
An experiment in P5.js.

Memetic filter-Text Mirror
Remixing text and image captured by the camera to show the abstract effect of combining text and pics. Explore the boundaries between text and image, reality, and their impacts.

Memetic filter-Replaced with Memes
Use Memes to replace images from news to satirize and amuse the discussion of real and fake.

Memetic filter-Trump Faces
People like making fun of Trump by making Memes out of his pictures. I created a funny effect by placing Trump's face on the user's face to see if it would distract the user and change their perception of Trump.
An experiment in Processing.
An experiment in Processing.