What does the selfie say?
Ever since the Oxford English Dictionaries named “selfie” the international word of the year in November 2013, the new form of online photographic self-representation has become a scholarly as well as pop culture phenomenon. Scholars from across disciplinary backgrounds have expressed interest in relation to their field. For psychologists, selfies have something to say about the social and private depiction of identity and mental state. For those in the arts, they are an currently evolving medium of expression and critique. Even for business, the selfie speaks. Selfies (or so-called selfies) have been instrumental in marketing products and events.
Museums and cultural institutions have begun to take note. From the Tate Modern’s “Performing for the Camera” to Philippine’s new Art In Island museum, exhibitions including and about selfies have begun to pop up.
This site features exhibitions designed by Cal Poly students as part of their final project for a special topics class (ISLA 320). For more information about course or the assignment, please email Tara Zepel at firstname.lastname@example.org.