Today’s discussion in the group chat:
Ironic meme culture and the dada movement both produced decontextualized nonsense.
Memesters do it to amuse, and dadaists did it to offend, but much of the difference is in the social climate that receives the art.
Both are nominally anti-bourgeois and anti-traditionalist, both mock older art forms as well as popular culture, but dadaist pieces were meant to be confusing or off-putting, while memes, even ironic ones, are definitionally based on mass appeal.
Now, we culturally enjoy the absurd and illogical placed in the formats of the traditional or popular, or vice versa. We think it’s funny. Then, it was unappealing.
So if two art movements create art/media with similar concept and content but with different expectations of reception, are they or are they not similar movements?