Farnsworth​'s Cat Video Fest gets stuffed animal M.A.S.H. unit

PenBay Veterinary Associates, Inc. will be setting up a stuffed animal "M.A.S.H." unit on the grounds of the Internet Cat Video Festival and Fair, which is to take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, 5 p.m, at Rockland's Harbor Park.

Fair participants may bring their stuffed animals to the unit's booth where "surgically repair” will be attempted on them. The festival, which is presented by the Farnsworth's newest membership group The Collective, is free to the public. At approximately 8 p.m., the 72-minute reel of 90 internet cat videos will begin. The rain date for the event will be the following day, Sunday, Aug. 24, at the same time.

In addition to the "MASH" unit, the festival will feature a cat costume contest to be judged by WCSH reporter Don Carrigan and the cats Wally and Togus Junior, who took over for the famed Togus the Cat. There will be games, art activities, and food vendors, as well as other cat-themed shenanigans. PAWS Animal Adoption Center will have a "Cat Cuddle Booth" at which "adoptable cats from P.A.W.S. will be ready, willing and able to give you a furry fix of unconditional love for the day." The Pope Humane Society will have cats onsite that are up for adoption.

Begun in 2012 at the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum in Minneapolis, the Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos, to short films and everything in between—in a social environment. The first festival was an unparalleled and unexpected success. The Walker Arts Center saw the convergence of 10,000 people—some in costumes, others cradling kitty companions, all feline fanatics, and became a viral sensation online. Since then the festival has spawned other lives, including a national and international tour. The Farnsworth Art Museum is an official tour site for the second edition of the film festival, which took place at the Walker Art Center in the summer of 2013.

The Farnsworth Museum believes that internet cat videos are doing many of the things compelling art should: raising questions, challenging assumptions, surprising people, and—in the case of this festival—creating a real, multisensory experience. This festival is a crowd-sourced social gathering that taps into the growing trend towards socially engaged art and public practice: it's not just about watching cat videos, it's about watching cat videos together.

At sundown, the public is invited to bring their own chair or blanket and find their way to the big screen in Rockland's Harbor Park. The lead sponsor for the Farnsworth's first annual Internet Cat Video Festival is PAWS Animal Adoption Center. Community event sponsors are Pen Bay Veterinary Associates, Inc., The Strand Theatre and Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County.

For more information, please visit the Farnsworth Art Museum's website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education/interent-cat-video-festival-and-fair.

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