Social media has proved to be an indispensable part of people’s everyday lives. We turn to social media for communicating, keeping up with news and events, quelling boredom, activism, marketing, and everything in between. This omnipresent force in our social lives has unsurprisingly become the subject of a range of contemporary artworks. Representations of social media in art can sometimes be overly critical—touching on themes of addiction, indulgence, and disengagement with the ‘real world’. The following artworks present an alternative perspective, highlighting the way social media has changed the way we interact with the world without berating it.
- Words: Ikumi Cooray