The cultural phenomenon of “selfies” has had a stigma attached to it rooted in narcissism and blatant disregard for surroundings. Selfies can often be dangerous because of the suspension of physical awareness it takes to take one, and we’ve found a cringeworthy example of what happens when it all goes wrong.
One young woman visiting an art exhibit in Los Angeles took it upon herself to snap a selfie in front of a large (and expensive) installation. After she sent the whole thing toppling like a house of cards… Let’s just say she didn’t have an opportunity for a re-do…
The 14th Factory
The incident occurred at The 14th Factory in Los Angeles, CA during an exhibit called Hyperfine. According to the venue’s website, “the 14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch… where Birch and his 20 creative collaborators work and manufacture their art, creating an ever-changing immersive environment of 14 interlinked spaces comprised of video, installation, sculpture, paintings and performance.”
The Queen of Embarrassment
The exhibit that was destroyed (pictured above) consisted of dozens of artfully crafted crowns sitting atop pedestals in rows. You may notice a young woman standing at the upper right side of the exhibit, preparing to take a selfie.
(It should be noted that taking a selfie inside of a museum or any kind of exhibit is considered a major art faux pas. Pictures should be about the art, not the person seeing it.)
What could go wrong?
The young woman tries to assume the universally-recognized position of the “selfie squat” to get the best shot. Once she noticed that her frame was a bit off, she readjusted… Unfortunately, she didn’t take into account the pedestal behind her and a domino-effect ensued.
About $200,000 worth of damage later, her Instagram is still thirsty for likes. Continue to the next page to watch the video…