- Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend allegedly sent his nudes to her brother, who then leaked them Saturday 6:38 PM
- This Instagram account catches influencers in the wild Saturday 5:42 PM
- The best upcoming video games to look out for in February 2020 Saturday 5:23 PM
- TikTok teens use AirPods and Google Translate to secretly talk in class Saturday 4:32 PM
- Video shows corpses of coronavirus victims lying in China hospital Saturday 3:44 PM
- Kid meets Slipknot after drumming video goes viral Saturday 2:30 PM
- Channing Tatum responds to troll who tried to compare Jenna Dewan and Jessie J’s looks Saturday 1:46 PM
- Grindr pulls an ‘I don’t know her’ after Eminem suggests he uses the app Saturday 12:48 PM
- Here are the top 10 most popular Instagram models in 2020 Saturday 12:21 PM
- ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ takes its characters on a fantasy adventure to Hell in season 3 Saturday 11:37 AM
- Woman no longer in sorority, school after racist MLK post Saturday 10:45 AM
- Netflix’s ‘Miss Americana’ starts to deconstruct the myth of Taylor Swift Saturday 10:32 AM
- Teens charged with attempted arson after participating in TikTok ‘outlet challenge’ Saturday 8:56 AM
- ‘American Dirt’ is a metaphor for a white country built on the back of immigrants Saturday 6:00 AM
- This woman told two students to ‘speak English’ and people are not having it Friday 9:53 PM
Philadelphia art project challenges selfie culture
Smile! You’re being watched.
If someone offered to give you a free selfie, would you take it?
It’s a weird offer. After all, you’re supposed to take selfies yourself—that’s why they’re called selfies. If someone takes a photo of you, that’s not a selfie. So no, the art that comes out of Philadelphia’s Proceed public art project is not technically made out of selfies.
There’s a surveillance camera and television sets set up in a window on Market Street in Philadelphia. A sign reads: “Free Self Portraits.” People walking by who stop and investigate see a recording of themselves appear in the television.
Artists Sarah Zimmer and Kim Brickley, who created the project, snap still images of the people who stop to see their self portrait, and layer these images on top of each other to create spooky art. The blurry, busy composites look like they were taken by a detective or CCTV. They make it seem like the subjects are oblivious to being watched.
The people who walk past can find their images on the Proceed website, and can request that they be taken down.
The project is meant to make people question the amount of information they share. Zimmer and Brickley want people to examine whether there is a difference between surveillance and self-surveillance. “We are also testing people’s tolerance towards surveillance,” Brickley told NBC Philadelphia. “If their likeness is blurred or layered does that mean they are still being watched?”
Kate Knibbs is a notable tech reporter and pop culture essayist. A former staff writer for the Daily Dot, her work has appeared in Gizmodo, the Ringer, AV Club, Digital Trends, Popular Mechanics, and Time.