Art in the age of the Ubiquitous Image
October 1, 2013 at 12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor
Two hundred years ago, artists had the monopoly on image making. Now, every parade or disaster is accompanied by ten thousand twitpics. In a world where mobile technology has made images instantaneous and ubiquitous, what does visual art have left to say? Drawing on her experiences doing illustrated journalism around Guantanamo Bay and the Greek economic crisis, Molly Crabapple speak about the role of art in a world captured by a million cameras.
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. Her work engages subculture, politics, and rebellion. Crabapple’s 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, a series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011, led to her being called “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, and “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. She is the third artist in the last decade to draw Guantanamo Bay.
Crabapple is a columnist for VICE and has written for The Paris Review, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, and Der Spiegel. Her published books include Discordia (with Laurie Penny; Random House, 2012) on the Greek economic crisis, and the art books Devil in the Details and Week in Hell (IDW 2012). Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.