Artists Present Alternative Instagram Models / Hyperallergic

Instagram Mini-Marathon Curator Group Selfie with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kevin McGarry, and Bettina Korek. (image courtesy ForYourArt; all other images by the author for Hyperallergic)

Instagram Mini-Marathon Curator Group Selfie with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kevin McGarry, and Bettina Korek. (image courtesy ForYourArt; all other images by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — The art world has a lot of feelings about Instagram. On a humid Saturday night in Los Angeles, the roving cultural hub ForYourArt spilled their #instaguts about it all through the Instagram Mini-Marathon. Curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, writer and curator Kevin McGarry, and ForYourArts’s Bettina Korek, the two-hour presentation offered 12 art world personalities an opportunity to present their Instagram feeds — either as feature or background. Some chose to discuss a random selection of individual screen grabs, while others presented more of a lookbook, and still others discussed Instagram as either a conceptual art project or public, visual sketchbook.

The premise of hosting the “mini-marathon” here was partially about tying Los Angeles, a place where visual culture becomes flattened, produced, and commodified, to the visual landscape of Instagram. “Is Instagram LA or is LA Instagram?” asked Kevin McGarry at the beginning of his Insta-marathon.

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