The unrelenting wave of mobile self-portraiture is here in the form of a website dedicated to the praxis of selfie-ism. Go there and you, too, can experience the humanity of selfies, streaming faster than lolcats on caturdays.
Created by artists Tyler Madsen, Erik Carter, and Jillian Mayer, the Selfeed, first premiered at the Utah Museum of Fine Art this past January. The museum has this to say about the universal, collaborative art project:
By co-opting images that users post in an attempt to manage their online identity, Mayer highlights the Internet’s open source, cut-and-paste culture. Without consent, a simply-coded algorithm divorces these self portraits from the user-controlled context of an Instagram account. Meanings change as these images transform into symbols of an online society obsessed with self-promotion. Any sense of the individual offered via profile stats, “friends,” or post history is lost instantaneously. Perhaps most interestingly, the original poster, whether purposely or unwittingly, becomes a collaborator integral to Mayer’s project.
The only logical step from this project would be to see an equivalent installation wherein a picture frame in a museum gallery depicts images from Instagram tagged with #art.
Below: how many images tagged with various “selfie” phrases. Plus, one showing how many are tagged with “art.” (Made Using Statigr.am)