Art exhibit explores social media’s impact

By Roxana Moraga

The Art Museum presents this year’s fall exhibition, “On Watching and Being Seen.”

The show is open now and will run through Oct. 19. The exhibition explores the themes of social media and surveillance technology and their impact on culture.

“Some themes we wanted to touch on socially and politically were the use of drones, which has become a hot-button issue,” said Heather Green, Art Museum coordinator of marketing and education. “Not just for warfare, but there’s the issue now of big corporations using them to get information on consumers.”

Another main focus of the exhibition is social media and how it relates to the modern age.

“A lot of people put pictures on Instagram and Facebook and they don’t realize the company has the right to all your images and information,” said senior Carrie Morris. “It’s so invasive.”

Green believes it is important for young people to be aware of what is public and what is private, especially online.

“It goes beyond the idea of personal safety issues,” she said. “People are coming to college to be more employable, and if they post things on social media … you can’t get those things back and potential employers do look for those things.”

Megan Walsh, senior art history major, agreed.

“We spend a lot of time online and things that we want to be private really aren’t,” Walsh said. “We are a generation that’s based on technology.”

The exhibition’s main goal is to get people to think and to consider how the concepts of surveillance technology and social media relate to them and how they feel about them. “On Watching and Being Seen” features works like “Park Sequence III” by William Betts, in which he paints each pixel of a surveillance camera frame. A short film called “Paparazzi” by Jessica Dimmock, which show the aggressiveness of modern L.A. paparazzi, is also on display.