In order to explore the history of the selfies and answer the question why people feel the need to reproduce their own images, California game designers Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov, decided to create the Museum of Selfies, an interactive pop-up exhibition that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie with roots dating back 40,000 years.
The pop-up museum which will be housed in a 8,000 square meter space, is scheduled to open for a limited run (April 1st through May 31st) in Los Angeles, promises to share the unseen depths and history of this cultural phenomenon.
The exhibition traces the history of self-portraits from the prehistoric era to 2006, the year Paris Hilton claims to have “invented” the selfie but was proved to be false. There are self-portraits in 21st-century art, mirror selfies by Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s, food selfies from Instagram, iconic skyscraper selfies and the infamous bathroom selfie. Naturally, there is an entire section devoted to “the art of the narcissist”.
The exhibition is divided to two sections: the first is a selfie timeline from the first cave painting to Facebook and the cellphone cameras. “You can take a selfie with a Polaroid, but unless you can share it, or upload it quickly, what effect will it have?” Honton told The Guardian. “Selfies are universal – it’s culturally represented.”
The second part of the exhibition, features a series of contemporary artists who have created works of art inspired by selfie culture, but their names have not yet been released.
The exhibition also features fatal, death selfies. As the data reveals, more than 300 people have died from accidents associated with selfies.
SOURCE: The Guardian