When did art become a social media experience? When did we stop enjoying standing in front of a piece of art IN SOLITUDE to enjoy the feeling that it gave us without "sharing"?
I really don't know what that answer is, however it's sad. It's like people want an experience, just to say they did that. I just wanted to take it in for what it is, to think about the work, the craft and the emotions it evokes.
The Kumama exhibit was pre loaded for the viewer not to enjoy. The wait lines, coupled with the minimal time in the rooms due to the actual size of them and the crowds making it impossible to just take it in and enjoy. You better take a photo so you can remember it later. I talked to a few people who expressed the same disappointment- we all were expecting to walk into large rooms, perhaps sit/lay down and let your mind go blank, like viewing the night sky. Instead it turned into an Instagram fest!
Was this a marketing ploy from the artist?
Truthfully, Ian and I had a better experience touring the rest of SAM, we took our time to read about the work, we stood in front of the Pollock and examined the globs of paint and the craftsmanship of the Egyptian amulet details. We didn't feel the need to bust out our phones camera.
Perhaps I've turned anti social, I don't really do Facebook, Tweet or Instagram. I have my website with my art and thoughts, if people want to check out my corner of the universe. I'm not "linked" to anything so you have a conscious choice if you wanna drink my vodka laced Kool-Aid.. If you enjoy the website you'll come back, if not- you don't. I despise Facebook for the simple fact it pushes others agenda onto you- Yet, a fantastic marketing set up! I intentionally do not accept comments on my blog page because I don't what to be influenced positively or negatively by others.
If you were to ask me what the future of art is.....
I'd say, an artist that creativity comes up with a completely interactive absurd concept/attraction that can be a social media buzz worthy. (Free advertising) Have some kind of personal dialog about it; however farm it out for other artists to make. Then, like Kumama and her pumpkins, sell small portions of your installation for inflated prices.
Didn't we learn anything from the movie "Exit through the Gift Shop?"