W

ith the growth of social media as a platform to share all intimate moments for all to see is a phenomenon that is about 10 years old. Hasan Elahi created a platform of his own for an art 

project based on reporting the details of his where abouts to spite and inform the federal government for the last 20 years.

The way people overshare on social media today has made Elahi’s project seem almost normal, with the exclusion of the endless images of the toilets he has used to relive himself. With the introduction of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, ect… Elahi’s art has become obsolete as it has been done by everyother individual with a connective technological device. “Our phones have become an extension of ourselves always within arm’s reach.”

 Dependent to how much technology an individual has allowed to be welcomed into their lives every single heart beat can be recorded, yet not all new technologies are bad for society. As technology has integrated into our society these platforms have begun to shape our culture. Everyone, with an excisable device, is a cultural producer. The social media creatives have become the new age artist. With the free flowing, wide range in which art can be shared over these connective technologies artists cannot be censored. With all voices being heard a mirror to society is being held up to the public where all the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ can finally be seen and dealt with. Blurring the boundaries to what art is, Tik Tok is the newest phenomenon which has created everyone to be cultural producers

Here, neon, 8 feet x 8 feet, 2,4 meters x 2,4 meters, as installed at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013

The arts have become integrated into every part of our lives which challenges the historic panicle pyramid. Art is created by the collective. Art is no longer about the artist as an individual, but about the numbers of artists inspired to create which inspire other. The cycle in which art is created, shared, and inspires is endless. There are endless ways to create and broadcast your craft.

The early ages of media, the 1950s, had narrow gate keepers which created an averaging of cultures.  Today with broad media to consume there has been a massive shift where supply is meeting demand. The massive number of producers meets the number of consumers which is changing society as we know it.

“Art does not exist on its own it is intertwined with everything.”

Being locked in our homes the moments are not changing as drastically right now. Social media is used to escape the four walls you find yourself in which has now it has become normal. With the threats faced by the modern day society the free exchange of information found online is the belly of the beast. As we are all the product of our culture to scroll past the issues we need to understand and face amplifies our ignorance to our privilege. The mirror being held up to society is showing the citizens of the world the ugly appearance of society full of judgement, hatred, fear, and misunderstanding.  By witnessing the ugly people will be inspired to finally embracing differences.  

Away v1, c-print, 30 inches x 40 inches, 75 cm x 100 cm, 2006
css.php