After studying that extra folks take selfies with the Mona Lisa than they do footage of the portray itself, two Californian game designers have made ‘selfies’ the topic of an interactive exhibition in California. “The ‘Museum of Selfies’ came to us,” mentioned co-founder Tommy Honton. “It was evocative and we knew it would be controversial and make people go, ‘What?’ More than that, we realised that selfies had a very interesting story to tell.”
Opening as a pop-up idea this February, the Museum of Selfies shall be 8000 sq. toes in dimension, with actual portraits from artists – ‘original selfies.’ It can even have the world’s longest selfie stick and a ‘skyscraper,’ which guests scale to create the phantasm of a vertigo-inducing snap. The museum goals to inform the historical past of selfies by way of artwork, historical past, tradition and psychology, and can reply all the perfect selfie-related questions, like ‘how many people have died from selfie stick accidents?’ Or ‘how many selfies are posted per day online?’ Of course customer selfies are totally inspired all through the museum itself.
Honton believes the selfie has, in some ways, been a part of our lives for hundreds of years. “They aren’t this new thing that signals the vanity of modern culture or the downfall of mankind,” he says. “They are actually the logical extension of what humans have been doing since the very beginning of art. It’s amazing how art, technology and psychology had to converge for selfie culture to become a thing.”
This is just not the primary exhibition on the historical past of the selfie as London’s Saatchi Gallery opened one in 2017, however many within the artwork and leisure world have requested if selfies warrant their very own museum? “The latest sign of the continuing decline of Western civilization just might be the Museum of Selfies,” mentioned one author for ArtNet. “I can’t even,” mentioned one other Time Out critic.
There is at all times a backlash towards new artwork kinds, argues Honton. “When photography first was invented, it was dismissed,” he says. “The same with film-making. Selfies by themselves aren’t necessarily art, they’re just a form of expression. But I could easily see selfies hanging in museums years from now.”
The Los Angeles Museum of Selfies will run till April, and the exhibition shall be prolonged if it generates sufficient curiosity. Visit the Museum of Selfies at 211 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, Los Angeles. Buy tickets for $25 through the web site right here.