Street Memes

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14 Oct 2004
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Discover street art, stickers, stencils, posters and visual memes (self-replicating ideas) that are posted, copied and mutated in the streets of New York and around the world. During Fall For Chelsea’s one-day-only community arts festival, join us for walking tours and scavenger hunt. Guides, including resident meme-ologist and editor Ryan Watkin-Hughes, will start out from Eyebeam's facility at 540 W 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenues. Tours will explore the streets of Chelsea, pointing out and discussing various street art works, then allow the scavenger hunters document the memes they find. Bring your digital cameras or camera phones in order to upload pics to the StreetMemes web database, at, which tracks the global evolution of these viral art forms. Prizes will be awarded for the participants who find the most memes, the newest meme and from a drawing of those who collect all the memes pictured on StreetMemes touring card. The StreetMemes booth will be open at Eyebeam from 12:00-6:00pm to find out more about the project and pick up a touring card to participate in the scavenger hunt on your own. This event is free to the public.

"Meme" is a term coined by Biologist Richard Dawkins to describe self-replicating ideas ( Unlike traditional graffiti art or public murals, which are unique artistic statements or personal gestures, a “street meme” is a sticker, stencil, or poster that can spread a single image around the world. Street memes can be copied readily and repeatedly, taking on a life of their own, evolving through the collective effort of people scattered around the world. is a database driven site for tracking memetic art - a graphical, analytical tool for observing and illustrating this phenomena.

Fall For Chelsea is a one-day festival of arts, culture and entertainment on Saturday, October 16, 2004, 10:00am-10:00pm. For $5 patrons will receive a button entitling the bearer discounts at a variety of neighborhood theaters, museums, restaurants, shops and art galleries. Beginning Saturday, October 2nd, buttons will be available at Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater and Atlantic Theater Company. A map of participating attractions will be available with purchase. Patrons will also have an opportunity to win a variety of prizes in the Fall For Chelsea raffle. On Saturday, October 16th, buttons will also be available at Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Avenue btwn. 15th and 16th), the 620 6th Avenue retail atrium (home of Bed, Bath & Beyond and TJ MAXX) and participating cultural institutions.. For more information contact Donna Lieberman at 212-691-6500 ext. 259 or go to: Fall For Chelsea is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Small Business Services and Independence Community Bank.