Art in the
Age of the
Internet
Performing the Self
  • Sudden
  • Geometric
  • Direct
  • Polar
  • Rare
  • Furious
  • Amoebic
  • Purple
  • Bizarre
  • Drunk
  • Attractive
  • Beautiful
  • Chubby
  • Clean
  • Dazzling
  • Drab
  • Elegant
  • Fancy
  • fit
  • Flabby
  • Glamorous
  • Gorgeous
  • Handsome
  • Long
  • Magnificent
  • Muscular
  • Plain
  • Plump
  • Quaint
  • Scruffy
  • Shapely
  • Short
  • Skinny
  • Stocky
  • Ugly
  • Unkempt
  • Unsightly
  • Alive
  • Better
  • Careful
  • Clever
  • Dead
  • Easy
  • Famous
  • Gifted
  • Hallowed
  • Helpful
  • Important
  • Inexpensive
  • Mealy
  • Mushy
  • Odd
  • Poor
  • Powerful
  • Rich
  • Shy
  • Tender
  • Unimportant
  • Uninterested
  • Vast
  • Wrong
  • Angry
  • Bewildered
  • Clumsy
  • Defeated
  • Embarrassed
  • Fierce
  • Grumpy
  • Helpless
  • Itchy
  • Jealous
  • Lazy
  • Mysterious
  • Nervous
  • Obnoxious
  • Panicky
  • Pitiful
  • Repulsive
  • Scary
  • Thoughtless
  • Uptight
  • Worried
  • Bottle
  • Dent
  • Anteater
  • Anxiety
  • Book
  • Thief
  • Horn
  • Gasmask
  • Fragment
  • Daydreamer
  • Area
  • Book
  • Business
  • Case
  • Child
  • Company
  • Country
  • Day
  • Eye
  • Fact
  • Family
  • Government
  • Group
  • Hand
  • Home
  • Job
  • Life
  • Money
  • Month
  • Mother
  • Night
  • Number
  • Part
  • People
  • Place
  • Point
  • Problem
  • Program
  • Question
  • Room
  • School
  • State
  • Story
  • Student
  • Study
  • System
  • Thing
  • Time
  • Water
  • Way
  • Word
  • Work
  • World
  • Year
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The rapid development of social media networks throughout the 2000s intensified the already growing pressures to document and publicize one’s life on the internet. Alongside chat rooms, blog publishing services, and video-sharing websites, social media platforms ushered in a new economy based on online visibility. Identities, styled as “user profiles,” are often constructed and compressed via the selfie or the meme, the status update or the tweet, and “likes,” and garner serious followings and economic rewards. Alternatively many online platforms offer unique means with which to explore and articulate aspects of our personal and cultural identities that may otherwise not be easily expressed. Online platforms and technologies can offer new modes of representation, a sense of community, and increased visibility for historically marginalized groups. The artworks in this section explore the extraordinary visibility afforded to those moving within digital networks as well as their far-reaching effects offline.