The hardflinching staff has noted on several occasions the recent proliferation of museumgoers whose sole purpose is to record their presence adjacent to works of art, rather than actually looking at them.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, now the art establishment is actually encouraging the me-myselfie-and-I set.
From yesterday’s Boston Globe:
Hey, what does Malcolm care – he’s abdicating the whole selfiepalooza.
Money quote from Museum of Science VP Mark Check:
Our studies are showing us that people are coming for a social experience.
Huh. And all this time we thought they were going for a museum experience.
Silly – or should that be selfie? – us.
The whole concept sounds very “warhol-ish”, so to speak–you create your own 15 minutes of fame. And Warhol had an even more perceptive observation (I can’t find a definitive attribution on this, sorry): “Art is what you can get away with.” Some pretty smart guy, he was…..
All true, Bill, as was someone’s prediction that “in the future, everyone will be famous to 15 people” – give or take.
I want a selfie at this museum: http://www.lostintoys.com/museum/dewey2.html
Looks like fun, Mick.