Don’t Turn Your Back on Selfies / Hyperallergic

Screengrab of, a live feed of all the #selfies on Instagram

LOS ANGELES — A selfie says a thousand words, especially when it’s taken with a longtime friend. We’ve all taken selfies to commemorate something together; it’s as if the moment doesn’t exist if we didn’t take that photo. Some selfie situations are more intense than others, however. “I knew it was going to be the […]

An Androgynous Suffragette Portrait, Rediscovered / Hyperallergic


LOS ANGELES — Mind-altering conversations happen by chance, randomly, when we are least expecting them to occur. Liv Bugge and Sille Storihle’s roaming curatorial/publishing/salon-hosting platform FRANK slipped into a dialogue when Storihle discovered a gender-bending photograph by Norwegian suffragist Marie Høeg (1866–1949) in 2012 when working on a film project about Norwegian nationalism. Originally discovered in the 1980s […]

When Depression Strikes / Hyperallergic

Installation view of “Depression” at Francois Ghebaly Gallery. All images by the author for Hyperallergic.

LOS ANGELES — It was 4:20pm when I walked into Depression and encountered Andrea Ursuta’s piece “Stoner” (2013). A batting-cage ball-throwing machine creaked on, spun once, and died before it could eject anything from its quarantined-off belly. It is located inside a larger batting cage. There is no entrance. There is no bat to play with. Stones […]

This Is Your Selfie Reality / Hyperallergic

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LOS ANGELES — What’s the best thing about selfies right now? That they are everywhere, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them. According to the internet, selfies are both the cause and effect of many social issues today. Can a selfie make you skinnier? Of course not — it is a reflection of […]

The Curious Thing about #Hashtags / Hyperallergic

Promo image for the ‘#Hashtag’ web series (image courtesy Tello Films)

The new web series #Hashtag follows the lives of young queer women in Chicago whose dating patterns and attractions are significantly affected by the technologies that they use and, at times, abuse. The drama takes place on the mobile devices of Liv and Skyler, two best friends played by #Hashtag writers Laura Zak and Caitlin Bergh, respectively. Big reveals, […]

Duh, It’s Postmodern Poetry / Hyperallergic

Cover of Jon Rutzmoser’s “shhhh! it’s poetry” (all images courtesy Jon Rutzmoser and Insert Blanc Press)

Jon Rutzmoser’s thin book of poetry packed with thick descriptions of dicks, dire and dramatic Oedipal complexes, heavy-petting psychoanalytic theory references, and Disneyland descriptors made me laugh, pissed me off, had me rolling my eyes, and had me wondering what it means to write poetry today. I don’t write poetry; I quit in high school […]

Selfie Illusions / Hyperallergic

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LOS ANGELES — How do we talk about real shit online? In the selfie world, where we become two-dimensional representations of ourselves as we would like to be seen, it’s sometimes not possible to do more than just like, reblog, retweet, ignore, or simply comment. It is a selfie, after all. But some people are […]

Seeing Past Portland’s Whiteness / Hyperallergic

Still from Julie Perini’s video “The White Lady Diaries” (2013) (image via

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Not Your Average Selfie / Hyperallergic

Schwarzenegger’s hand- and footprint proto-selfies in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater (image via Wikipedia)

LOS ANGELES — What is a selfie but a momentary image of oneself captured in social-network time? The selfie can be shot anytime, anywhere, and uploaded instants later. Take Ashley Keast, a burglar in the UK who, after robbing a home, placed his SIM card inside a stolen mobile phone, took a selfie, and accidentally sent the image using WhatsApp. […]

Living in a Post-Private World / Hyperallergic

The DIY scanner at neverhitsend’s ‘Post Private’ (all images courtesy the artists unless otherwise noted)

LOS ANGELES — In the wake of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency (NSA) leaks, which continue to reveal more about the American government’s epic surveillance program, it seems pretty meta to make art about being spied on. Yet what we read and understand about the NSA is filtered through the media, our ideas about privacy […]