Screenings | Ryan Gander Only a matter of time
Commissioned by the BBC as part of a season of programming around notions of the self in an age of information and attention economy, Ryan Gander’s one hour-long documentary Me, My Selfie and I explores the origins of the selfie – the icon of a new kind of self-regard that hardly existed even a decade ago. Investigating how the roots of the selfie in fact go back hundreds of years before the existence of smartphones, Gander investigates the effects that the age of social media, advanced personal technology, and ‘live your best life’ mantra might be having on our sense of self.
Gander revisits his original documentary in a new iteration of the film, entitled Only a matter of time, which this time sees the frames overlaid with animations. In every instance that the artist appears on screen, his face is obscured by a different mask, each of which takes its style from an abstracted face featured in significant works from art history.
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