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Who's afraid of Art: The Art of Selfies

Program as part of the series of Who’s afraid of art? About selfies, pictures of yourself that you take with your mobile phone and share on social media. Learn more about the art-philosophical and art-historical background of the Selfie and get practical tips on how to improve your selfies. The program consists of three workshops about art philosophy and famous artists from the past, a photographer’s tips and an art therapist’s exercises. Your selfies will never be the same again!

Programmainformatie
Date October 22, 2015
Time 13:00-16:30 hrs
Location to follow
Entry The entrance fee for students and employees is 3 euro, registration is compulsory. Not a student or employee? Please email isam@tilburguniversity.edu. After registration, you will receive more information about payment and location.
Speakers Kathryn Brown, Jesse Huiskamp en Ingemarie Sam
Contact person Ingemarie Sam

Program as part of the series of Who’s afraid of art? About selfies, pictures of yourself that you take with your mobile phone and share on social media. Learn more about the art-philosophical and art-historical background of the Selfie and get practical tips on how to improve your selfies. The program consists of three workshops about art philosophy and famous artists from the past, a photographer’s tips and an art therapist’s exercises. Your selfies will never be the same again!

Putting the ‘Self’ in Selfies: Lessons from Art History

Dr. Kathryn Brown (Assistant Professor Department of Culture Studies)

In the history of Western art, self-portraiture has been used in a wide variety of ways – for example, as a ‘signature’ on a canvas, as an advertisement of the artist’s skill, or as a message about the artist’s gender, sexuality, or social status. This workshop draws on key examples from the Renaissance to the present to examine ways in which the self is ‘staged’ in visual form. We shall test assumptions that underpin such works and that remain relevant to the creation of selfies in the present: how can the viewer be sure that the depicted figure is a true self-portrait of the maker? We will consider how modern and contemporary artists have used self-portraiture to undermine the idea that a self-portrait demands physical likeness to the subject. We shall also have regard to various technical aspects involved in staging the self – from the availability of mirrors, to digital photography, and the advent of the selfie-stick.

Introduction Selfies

Jesse Huiskamp (photographer)

A brief overview of the history of the modern selfie. This is followed by tips to make your selfies more interesting and ‘fun’ for your friends. Take your camera with you and start taking selfies during this workshop.


Getting to know yourself through your own selfies

Ingemarie Sam (Art Therapist and program manager Academic Forum)

Everybody takes his or her selfies in their own way. Participants of earlier Who’s afraid of Art? programs know how you learn about your own uniqueness when being creative. This time, we will also search for this. We will discover our individuality while working with creative materials and will link that to our selfies. What do these tell us about ourselves?





When: 22 October 2015 13:00

End date: 22 October 2015 16:30