Along with two friends, I co-founded Forced Meme Productions, a creative collective that produces web-inspired, pop-obsessive projects & events.
From 2009 to 2015, we created and produced interactive events in New York City including: Hallowmeme, The Emoji Art + Design Show, events celebrating the STFU Parents book and Cashcats.biz and two interactive screenings: We’ll Have What She’s Having and We’ve Got Mail.
Check out some of our previous events below.
“Halloween costumes used to be easy. Put on a tail and grab a pitchfork and you could be one sly devil. Grab a cape and some fangs – sucks to be you, Dracula. But now those costumes feel played out, and many people putting together a Halloween ensemble don’t just need a costume, they need a concept — and a current one. Which is to say, they need a meme.”
"Last night marked the fifth annual HallowMEME Costume Party. What the hell’s that, you ask, while massaging Himalaya Hair Loss Cream into your scalp and cranking up Daydream Nation (which just turned 25). According to the essential website Know Your Meme, HallowMEME is ‘an Internet meme-themed costume contest and party held in New York City during the week of Halloween.’ It also takes place in Brooklyn. Are you scared yet?”
Emoji Art & Design Show
December 12-21, 2013 at Eyebeam
“When ANIMAL checked out the Emoji Art & Design Show at Eyebeam in Chelsea, we were impressed with just how creative the artists have been in using and subverting those silly little icons.” —Animal New York
“An art exhibition and bazaar in tribute to a new form of language that is, by turns, keenly expressive and cheerfully cryptic” —The New Yorker
“The exhibition explores this new form of communication by appropriating the characters as components of artwork. It’s an 'examination of the emoji zeitgeist,’ as the online description states, that tears through the codification and emotional obscurity of contemporary society’s answer to cave paintings.” —Huffington Post
The STFU Parents “Book Shower”
April 3, 2013 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
It's a book! Join Forced Meme Productions & Tumblr to celebrate the birth of STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare with proud parents Blair Koenig and Perigee Books.
Featuring literary baby shower games and musings on parents from special guests Ilana and Eliot Glazer, Judy McGuire, Chris Mohney, and Julieanne Smolinski.
Cashcats.biz Art Partie
September 6, 2012 at The Dumbo Loft
“To [Cashcats.biz founder Will] Zweigart, the site’s evolved into much more than just another goofy cat meme. It’s exclusive and artistic—a gallery-like space for people who love photos of cats, money, and cats with money. 'It’s getting real,’ he says of Cashcats’s evolution into fine art.” —Bloomberg Businessweek
“With the gallery showing the site set a new bar for Tumblrs everywhere by colonizing the brick-and-mortar universe with original content.” —Motherboard
“The hipster cat event of 2012.” —TIME
We've Got Mail: An Interactive You've Got Mail Experience
February 15, 2012 at Housing Works Bookstore
“You've Got Mail just turned lucky 13 last year, which we celebrated by looking back at the still-functioning website and Meg Ryan's apartment in the movie. This year, however, there's an IRL celebration of the film, taking place at 7 p.m. tonight at Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street). We've Got Mail: An Interactive You've Got Mail Experience will revive Nora Ephron's rom com and bring fans of the flick a new type of viewing experience.” —Gothamist
“Get your rom-com fix at this interactive screening of the Nora Ephron classic that made us all want to "have what she's having." There'll be trivia on the film and a themed raffle where you can win Harry- and Sally-inspired gifts to benefit Housing Works. Expect Rocky Horror Picture Show–style interactive elements like shouting out the words of the film.” —Time Out New York