TikToks corecore is the latest iteration of absurdist meme art

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  • And it’s how the greatest minds of the weird internet will react again, the next time the world feels a bit too dystopian.In the end, the only thing that really makes sense about corecore is the fact that it exists.
  • Within corecore, we see clips of robots at CES talking about how people are afraid of them, demos of new VR headsets, and clips from Elon Musk’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
  • It leans into our impulse to mask all of our emotions in twelve layers of irony, but in the process, gets so earnest that it might not be ironic after all.Take a look at arguably the most popular corecore video, which tallied up 2.2 million likes.
  • In any given moment in internet culture, there’s usually some sort of absurdist meme in circulation, whether it’s corecore, deep-fried memes, weird Facebook, bad animated videos, or the iterations on loss.jpg.
  • That’s because it’s very normal, almost cliché at this point, to make nonsensical art in response to a world that doesn’t seem to make any sense.
  • As anyone who’s taken an introductory art history class knows, this is how Dadaist artists reacted to the tragedies of World War I — and now, it’s how contemporary meme-makers respond to the horrifying realization that we are all addicted to scrolling through short form videos.
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