• Jessica Helfand of Design Observer reflects on the digital posturing of selfie culture and posits a new narcissism driven by retweets, posts, and likes in her response to this stock photograph, part of the This Picture project on nowseethis.org. [1 of 3]

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culture 26 Aug 2014

Divya Rao Heffley is the program manager of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. TWITTER

  • Last week, The Workers, winners of the Tate’s IK Prize 2014, deployed a crew of telepresence robots remotely controlled by the public in Tate Britain’s galleries at night. These robots undoubtedly increase accessibility to masterworks of art, but does the experience deepen the chasm between the digital and IRL? [2 of 3]
  • This installation at The MIT Museum in 2009 about the surveillance state is more relevant in today’s panopticon of security cameras, surveillance art, and digital appropriation than ever before. [3 of 3]

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