Selfie Generation book talk at Minneapolis Institute of Art on November 9 at 7PM

Hello! Very excited to announce the first big event for The Selfie Generation!  SPECIAL EVENT The Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Property, Sex, Consent, and Culture Coming up: Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 pm Minneapolis Institute of Art 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 A conversation between author Alicia Eler, […]

This Monkey Selfie Court Case is Totally Bananas

The selfie shooter is the copyright holder of a selfie. But what if the selfie shooter is a monkey, not a human being? Nature photographer David Slater recently settled in the now infamous “monkey selfie” court case brought against him by PETA on behalf of Naruto, a crested macaque in Indonesia. Slater, who owns Wildlife […]

iPhone X’s New Face ID Makes Selfies Mandatory

Selfies will never be the same again. Huge news struck the selfieverse this week when Apple announced that the long-awaited iPhone X (pronounced “X,” not “ten”) could be unlocked using only the owner’s selfie through a complex facial recognition system called Face ID. With the rise of facial recognition technology, the fact that Apple chose […]

NEW BOOK: “The Selfie Generation” (Skyhorse) is out Nov 7, 2017

My first book The Selfie Generation (Skyhorse) is out November 7, 2017!  Pre-order Now >  Whether it’s Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. But are selfies more than, as many critics lament, a symptom of a self-absorbed generation? Digital native Alicia Eler’s […]

NEW JOB: Visual Art Critic / Reporter at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Hello! I’m excited to share that I recently started working as a visual art critic/reporter at the Star Tribune Minneapolis. Read my stories: http://www.startribune.com/alicia-eler/424327523/   Tweet

Skewering clichés in Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic Bavarian wonderland / CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) — Milk the cows. Churn the butter. Chop the wood. These farmland chores sound boring as all hell until they’re re-envisioned as a campy Bavarian fantasy in “Heimat,” a series by German photographer Ellen von Unwerth. The photos have been compiled in a 454-page art tome published by Taschen, which is accompanied by […]

The Queer Art that Helped Define Post-Blackness / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — “Post-black” is a term that’s thrown around a lot, though its meaning is not totally fixed. In Derek Conrad Murray’s book Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, he argues that the intersectionality of sexual politics and queer identities has been essential in shaping and defining post-blackness. Murray, a professor […]

Show Me the Money! Collective Fundraises for Pyramid to House 14,000 ‘Jerry Maguire’ Tapes / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — In an alt-facts world that gets more bizarre with every passing day of this new administration, absurdist art that plays on America’s obsession with entertainment provides temporary comic relief. “The Jerry Maguire Video Store” at iam8bit gallery was one such project. For just over two weeks, the walls and shelves of the makeshift store were […]

An Online Project Shames Selfie-Takers at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial / Hyperallergic

World War II ended more than 70 years ago, but the horrors of the Holocaust (or Shoah, in Hebrew) have not receded from historical memory. Yet for some reason, there’s a disconnect when it comes to social media culture. Many people casually visit Holocaust memorial sites and take selfies or sexy pics, all the while knowing […]

A Leimert Park Performance Artist Weaves Together Social Media and South L.A. History / LA Weekly

Jasmine Nyende was 12 years old when she started fiddling with her family’s video camera. These early experiments inadvertently chronicle her childhood in Leimert Park, a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of change in the past decade or so. Now 23, the performance artist is weaving the footage together with poetry about her past as […]