From Self to Selfie: The Study of Artists’ Respond to Self-Representation in the Social Media Age

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: From Self to Selfie: The Study of Artists’ Respond to Self-Representation in the Social Media Age
Stream: Challenging & Preserving: Culture, Inter/Multiculturalism & Language
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Yizhi Chen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom


Social media has created new opportunities but also new challenges for the art world, with the advent of the post-epidemic era, people are more accustomed to and dependent on social media, making it urgent to analyse and how to respond to self-representation on social media. There are some studies on people’s self-representation on social media but a few studies on how artists' works respond to self-presentation on social media. In the context of social media, people are always striving to control the way others see them. As Foucault said about the circular prison, once people put something online, it is always a presence that presupposes the presence of the other's gaze. Artists capture and respond to the presence of the other in the expression of the self in social media with re-enactments, exaggerations, metaphors, etc. This paper analyses Lais Pontes' use of social media as a means of creating texts through audience participation, using a case study approach that incorporates actor networks and symbolic interactions theories, from the perspective of Goffman's 'self-representation'. The logic It also reveals how the artist presents herself through the possibilities offered by social media, and the presentation of art that fits the social media context, and the presentation of the artist's identity. The conclusions of this paper help to sort out the underlying logic of works created based on social media, and understanding how the emergence of social media as a new medium has changed the thinking of artists provides new theoretical perspectives.

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