Get your selfie sticks out, because believe it or not, there’s now a museum of selfies!
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat…. Selfies are all the rage on social media and to celebrate these self-portraits, Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov have opened the Museum of Selfies in Los Angeles -- an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie, with roots dating back 40,000 years.
The museum houses various exhibits including one mimicking the rooftop of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand Centre, the city’s tallest building. And if that isn’t exciting enough, there’s the “bathroom selfie” area configured as a two-sided room and an exhibit for the ubiquitous “food selfie.”
The museum will spotlight the pics of David J Slater, who devised the viral “monkey selfie” -- itself the subject of a copyright dispute -- as well as Riccardo Scalise’s “Mr Selfie” self-portraits taken with some of the most famous people in cyberspace.
There will also be an exhibit dedicated to the pitfalls of narcissism, examining the unusual number of deaths from ambitious selfie attempts.
Selfie sticks are “encouraged,” if you’re wondering, given the fact that so many museums have banned the contraptions, which allow one to capture a selfie from a beyond-an-arm’s-length distance.
Speaking to the brains behind the museum, Honton was quoted as saying, “Selfies have a surprisingly rich history, and go back as far as people have been making art. Rembrandt did hundreds of self-portraits, Albrecht Dürer five, Van Gogh dozens … What’s the difference?
“Yes, artistic technique and scale is one thing, but in reality, if cell phones and cameras had existed, everyone would have taken them.”
The museum also houses fun facts about the selfie trend: women take pictures of themselves more than men, for example, and while 65.4 per cent of selfies in Sao Paulo are taken by women and 61.6 per cent in New York, the divide is more extreme in Moscow, at 82 per cent by women.
So, if interested, arm yourself with $25, a pout to boast of and your camera and get clicking!