Stop me if you’ve heard this one before — someone made an artistic statement about vanity and isolation in the selfie age. This time, artists Moises, John Yuyi, and Tom Galle made a particularly robust selfie stick designed for the MacBook, then went around New York City taking pictures of people using the stick to pretend to take MacBook selfies.
The load-bearing MacBook selfie stick looks like a big piece of PVC pipe with a custom mount attached. It’s probably not functional, either, as that would require the use of electronics that seem unnecessary for the purpose, which, as best I can tell, was to get reactions from people on the street. That also means you won’t be able to buy one, but don’t worry — I’m sure there’s a budding entrepreneur reading all the posts this thing has spawned. We’ll probably have a real, working one available within the year.
The last time we saw this idea was with the selfie stick arm and its commentary on the loneliness of the connected age. That’s just the last example we’ve seen, though — there’s no telling how many other hard-hitting art pieces have been produced, and we’re not searching thoroughly.
But hey, maybe I’m selling this one short. Maybe it’s a meta statement on the vanity of art being able to call itself art by virtue of repeating tired statements. It’s like an internet meme made physical, with the entire blogosphere as its Facebook. Brilliant stuff, next stop Guggenheim.