At the recent Matters Arising exhibition in Chichester, one of the pieces I exhibited was entitled 'Selfie'.
It was an experimental piece, very simply an iPad fixed to the wall and framed below a Kosuthian plaque. The front-facing camera was switched on, and would display the image of anyone who stood within its gaze. There was a hole cut into the mounting allowing the subject access to the shutter button. This meant that the viewer could capture a selfie using the artwork.
I was curious to see if people would engage with it in a gallery setting and with no instructions. We are so often told not to touch the artwork, but this piece relied on audience participation to become complete.
I was also interested in the idea of self curation and digital ownership. We plaster our images across social networks, but these a carefully curated and edited to show only the side of us we would like the world to see. When you take a selfie with the artwork, you can't delete or edit it. You can't even view it back, it is now in the hands of the artist to do with what he wishes.
The video below shows the images captured over the month whilst in exhibition at the Matters Arising exhibition at artOne in Chichester.
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