Museum of Selfies

If you think that the selfie is a contemporary trend, think again: the Museum of Selfies delves into the history of this popular phenomenon through painting and photography

  • Museum of Selfies
  • Museum of Selfies
  • Museum of Selfies
  • Museum of Selfies

Apparently, out there on the web there are more selfies with Leonardo's Mona Lisa than actual photographs of the painting itself. What does this say about us? Probably, that we want to be part of the picture, rather than just observe it. Starting out from this idea, California game designers Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov created The Museum of Selfies in Los Angeles, an interactive 8,000 sq ft temporary museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie – an image of oneself taken by oneself – with roots dating back 40,000 years. 
If you usually roll your eyes at people who take selfies, then maybe this exhibition might give you a different perspective on this subject, helping you understand what's behind this phenomenon in social, cultural, and historic terms. As a matter of fact, the selfie is not something that was born in 2006, when Paris Hilton supposedly invented the word. Just think of the many self portraits by the great painters in art history, or of the first photographic self portrait, a daguerrotype taken in 1839 by the American lamp manufacturer Robert Cornelius, which required 15 minutes of posing in front of the camera.
From the prehistoric era to Instagram, at the Museum of Selfies visitors can explore the origin of the self portrait through the lens of art, history, technology, and culture. Exhibits include reimagined historic paintings, self-portraits of famous people and contemporary artists, selfies from Intagram, and even a thought-provoking section devoted to death selfies, a.k.a. dangerous selfies that ended up causing the death of those who took them.
Whether you love them or hate them, you won’t see selfies the same way again. And if you should change your mind about the whole selfie thing, you will have opportunity to give it a try by taking your own selfie with a bunch of very cool interactive installations. 
The Museum of Selfies will open its doors in LA on April 1st and stay open until  May 31st.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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