Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Defending the Artistic Merit of Cat Videos
Now, the crowd-pleasing, sincerely-programmed event is coming to Canada as the Just For Cats Festival, premiering tonight at a sold out show in Toronto.
For insight on the program’s success, guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with curator Scott Stulen. He argues that cultural institutions should be commenting on popular texts and that, contrary to popular assumption, new audiences do come for the cats and stay for the more traditional offerings.
- Curated playlist: #catvidfest’s official 2013 lineup (external link)
When deciding what to curate, Stulen says he looks for a middle space where, “traditional art audience feels like [the works are] a little too mainstream to be comfortable, and a mainstream audience feels they’re a little too arsty to be comfortable.”