They couldn’t have come at a better time.
A local digital media artist has provided city dwellers with a welcome distraction from the lockdown monotony today.
Windows, an outdoor exhibition of new work by Elinor O’Donovan, is now on display across Notes to Cork billboards from Sawmill Street and Lower Glanmire Road to Summerhill North, Sundays Well, and Maylor Street.
The digital collages are a mash-up of found stock images and reference the absurd humour of internet memes.
“Internet memes, more than simply being funny images on social media, are important products of our time,” says Elinor.
“They are the yield of online creativity en masse, the result of countless internet users sharing, recreating, modifying, and riffing off of a single joke or punchline. Rather than being one image or iteration, a meme is a template; the box for internet users to think outside.”
The collaboration between the artist and local creative agency Notes to Cork came about as a result of lockdown restrictions and galleries being closed.
“I was really drawn to the idea of using advertising space to display my work, not just because it is an exciting way of exhibiting when art galleries are closed, but because it is also a way for me to take the work I make out of the computer, out of online space, and translate it into a physical, public space.
“A meme only becomes a meme through its countless sharing by internet users – it wholly depends on the intangible communities that are created by the people who enjoy it. I hope, then, that this exhibition will have a positive effect on the people of Cork City, that it will create a sense of community between those who see it and enjoy it, and that it will act as a signal of brighter days to come for us all.”