#MEMEMANIFESTO is both a printed book and a web-based project, and explores the occult meanings and communicative potentials of memetic symbology. #MEMEMANIFESTO is going to actively involve both Clusterduck’s own network(s) and the communities represented through the curatorial process. This will be accomplished by means of online interventions in forums, chatrooms and open boards, which will be documented and integrated into the book, forming the introduction to the single chapters.
Clusterduck’s goal during the EMARE residency will be to finalize the necessary infrastructure, with websites, chatrooms, and visual assets and advance the project. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 measures the originally planned interventions in the local context of Utrecht will have to be cancelled, but the online sections of the project will be strengthened. However, the collective will keep looking for ways to involve local structures and networks of IMPAKT in the online production process. The goal is still to create a transmedia operation that is on-demand think-tank, digital archive, practical toolbook, IRL/URL performance and memetic grimoire at the same time.
Clusterduck is an interdisciplinary collective working at the crossroads of research, visual communication and transmedia, focusing on the processes and actors behind the creation of Internet-related content. It curated the online exhibition #MEMEPROPAGANDA, hosted by Greencube Gallery, which was presented at The Influencers Festival (Barcelona), Tentacular Festival (Madrid), IFFR (Rotterdam), Urgent Publishing (Amsterdam, Arnheim), Radical Networks (Berlin) and others. Clusterduck is currently developing Meme Manifesto, a physical collection of printed memes and a web-based collective project aiming to show how deep the web can go. The first stage of the project will be developed at IMPAKT (NL) during the EMAP / EMARE residency programme. Clusterduck is creating the new participative exhibition format #MEMERSFORFUTURE, investigating the role of memetics in the global climate justice movement. The exhibition will be shown IRL at re:publica 2020, and to other locations around the globe. Clusterduck is also developing three different formats of collective research workshops: #HYPECOMPASS, #EscapeTheFunnel and #SOMECOMPASS. These were presented at “Sharing/Learning - Methods of the Collective” at UdK Berlin; The Influencers Festival, Barcelona; and Simposio 2019, Borca di Cadore. The group also curated online/offline exhibitions and interventions like the Wrong Digital Biennale pavilion "Internet Fame" at panke.gallery, "Make URL self at Home" at Arebyte On Screen and "Pack Your Stuff" at Offsite Project.