Instagrammatology: #DesperateSelfie

Instagramatology: #Desperate Selfie


Large Format Photography | Digital Photography | Digital Painting | HD Videography


 68” x 45” Large Format Print




After The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) from 1845, by Courbet, this phenomenological study serves as a medium for further cultural awareness and critique of the impact of social media on the human condition through the language of allegory.

This series of works seeks to reveal aspects of reality as our contemporary sense of being is embodied in an extended technological world. These theoretical and physical gestures act as symbolic and material functions to investigate the nature of the current relationship between technology and cultural humanity.

Addressing the obsession of visually capturing the self in today’s smartphone culture, there is a hyperreality in the way in which online social networks are displacing natural social realities by allowing people to offer stylized versions of themselves for amorous or social entertainment rather than allowing the complexity of their real identities to be organically engaged.

  • 127” x 65” Large Format C-Print

    Instagrammatology: #DesperateSelfie


 40” x 20” Digital Painting C-Print


Instagrammatology: #DesperateSelfie from Binary Ontology

 After The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) from 1845, by Courbet

“Extension and identity theories may be the keys to understanding why it has become increasingly pertinent to ‘exist’ as a disembodied, extended self online rather than merely a corporal self in the ‘real’ world. These extensions deserve to be explored in depth to better understand the mind-altering effects of our irrepressible yet misunderstood relationship with technology.”  

–Marshall Mcluhan

The medium acts as an extension of consciousness.
The medium is still the message.

Work in collaboration with Clayton Smith Westmeier

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