An aesthetic investigation that traces the potential consequences of Grindr, the all-male geosocial networking technology, as it accelerates the inherent struggles of contemporary gay and bisexual communities, while creating new ones:
Digital Print | Framed Video
A Social Media “Vanitas Selfie”
Make-up by the talented Ashley Hancock: ashleyraehancock.com
After Caravaggio’s Self-Portrait as Young Sick Bacchus; or Bacchino Malato, 1593
From Daily Xtra’s Twenty Questions for Grindr Creator Joel Simkhai:
“Xtra: Can you explain what the name and logo are about?
Simkhai: The word Grindr comes from a coffee grinder. We’re mixing people up together, a bit of a social stew. It is a little bit rough – not to mix, but to grind. Our design, logo, colouring – we wanted something a little bit tougher, rough. It’s also very masculine. It’s a masculine word, sound. We wanted something that wasn’t necessarily about being gay. It could be anything. We looked at this notion of meeting people and the idea is very much a basic human need to relax and to socialize. I went back to primitive tribal arts in Africa and Polynesia. One of the things I saw was these primal masks. It brings us back to basics, primal needs. Socialization is the basis of humanity.”
What are the communal ramifications of social pathologies if they are exacerbated by new media technologies?
See also: Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #224 from her “History Portrait” series of post-modern photographic parody (1989-90)