The mega boom occurring in the global art market at the moment thus has two interrelated significations. In the first instance, it clearly points to a hyperinflation with regards to the increase in value of the art work. The upcoming Christie’s auction in New York will confirm a trend that has dramatically accelerated through the access of cheap currency flushing the global economic system since 2007. In the second instance, the art market boom signifies a global economy that is not as much recovering as it is actually falling apart. The purchase of artworks in the hundreds of millions signifies a panic by the oligarchy fearing a currency system as well as a banking system that is in the process of collapsing. The value of currency is not only depreciating, bank runs in Cyprus for instance also show that it cannot be stored safely either. In this moment of crisis, where a corrupt financial system is unmasked, the acquisition of art is a desperate attempt to hold on to a hegemonic system that is unravelling.
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The mega boom occurring in the global art market at the moment thus has two interrelated significations. In the first instance, it clearly points to a hyperinflation with regards to the increase in value of the art work. The upcoming Christie’s auction in New York will confirm a trend that has dramatically accelerated through the access of cheap currency flushing the global economic system since 2007. In the second instance, the art market boom signifies a global economy that is not as much recovering as it is actually falling apart. The purchase of artworks in the hundreds of millions signifies a panic by the oligarchy fearing a currency system as well as a banking system that is in the process of collapsing. The value of currency is not only depreciating, bank runs in Cyprus for instance also show that it cannot be stored safely either. In this moment of crisis, where a corrupt financial system is unmasked, the acquisition of art is a desperate attempt to hold on to a hegemonic system that is unravelling.

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Kim Kardashian Selfie, Instagram link posted with the hashtag #NoFilter via Twitter, 17 October 2013
In this post I want to deconstruct the ‘selfie’, not just as a type of image that is widely produced and shared across the world, but also as a philosophical and cultural concept that is beginning to define our age. Voted as the Oxford dictionary of the year in 2013, the selfie is far more than a photographic trend: its popularity represents a significant shift in the way that we conceive of others and of ourselves. Rather than regarding the selfie as photograph, it might help to regard the selfie as a medium of identification. This post seeks to uncover what the selfie – as a cultural phenomenon – communicates about our shifting identities.
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Kim Kardashian Selfie, Instagram link posted with the hashtag #NoFilter via Twitter, 17 October 2013

In this post I want to deconstruct the ‘selfie’, not just as a type of image that is widely produced and shared across the world, but also as a philosophical and cultural concept that is beginning to define our age. Voted as the Oxford dictionary of the year in 2013, the selfie is far more than a photographic trend: its popularity represents a significant shift in the way that we conceive of others and of ourselves. Rather than regarding the selfie as photograph, it might help to regard the selfie as a medium of identification. This post seeks to uncover what the selfie – as a cultural phenomenon – communicates about our shifting identities.

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Kim Kardashian Selfie, 2013
One aspect of the selfie that is rarely discussed is the fact that it often focuses on the body. These bodily selfies appear to promote an intimate relationship between celebrity and her followers, yet it also promotes a hyper awareness of the body as potential commodity. In this type of image economy, a body that is not photographed, uploaded or shared has no worth. In order to remain current, therefore, the celebrity engages with this economy by sharing images of her body via the selfie. In this globalized and interconnected world, the selfie has become the universal language of a culture increasingly obsessed with fragmenting and sharing the body via the photographic image. Here, the selfie has gained the status of a quasi-currency, rising in value the more an image is shared and disseminated via the Internet.
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Kim Kardashian Selfie, 2013

One aspect of the selfie that is rarely discussed is the fact that it often focuses on the body. These bodily selfies appear to promote an intimate relationship between celebrity and her followers, yet it also promotes a hyper awareness of the body as potential commodity. In this type of image economy, a body that is not photographed, uploaded or shared has no worth. In order to remain current, therefore, the celebrity engages with this economy by sharing images of her body via the selfie. In this globalized and interconnected world, the selfie has become the universal language of a culture increasingly obsessed with fragmenting and sharing the body via the photographic image. Here, the selfie has gained the status of a quasi-currency, rising in value the more an image is shared and disseminated via the Internet.

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