So let’s take this one step further. I read the full article several times over and over. Trying to see the connecting line.
I tried, because I respect the past posts and writings by hyperallergic and I wanted so desperately to understand. I wanted to see that maybe, there was a profound reason to include the girl’s death. Whether the article’s main topic of “female bodily presence on tumblr” really required the use, of tasteless, crude, light hearted jokes about to horrific circumstances of her death.
Tragically I can’t. There is zero tie in, aside from the shameful jokes and analogies that the art attempts to make
“Yet as Elisa Lam lay floating in a hotel water tank, decomposing without the preservative assistance of the formaldehyde in Damien Hirst’s “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,” guests at the hotel drank her fluids. Like the Tumblr teen-girl aesthetic that is currently making its way through the veins and channels of culture, Lam is everywhere, seeping into the pores of the Internet’s most hidden corners. The media sensation that her death became, along with the teen-girl online social universe she embodied, has metastasized.”
“In the case of Elisa Lam’s body, the online/real life (IRL) overlap becomes fraught. Critique around James Bridle’s coinage of the New Aesthetic revolves around the loss of the physicality of the art object. But in the case of the teen-girl Tumblr aesthetic, the art “object” extends to the bodies of girls both on and offline; the fetish is not contained in a static image. Even the images themselves are constantly moving and perpetuating themeselves on Tumblr, breathing and existing in time and space as a living body.”
Let’s allow the offenses above to be self evident. I won’t waste time explaining at length, but there is clearly an insensitive objectification of her body to the role of a mere object/art object. The way they make these comparisons is shameful. As smug as Hirst is, even he would agree that these jokes are tasteless.
I followed this more and found that Jialin, the girl’s friend, confronted hyperallergic and yet they still defend their disgusting behavior
And yet, I have been sending them multiple accusations, to expose their behavior as tasteless…. all of them were ignored for hours on end.
This behavior is blindly arrogant. Telling the mourning friend of the deceased, that their actions were justified, through academic rhetoric? This is the death of a human being, not a fucking talking point. How dare you assume it is your place to post your pseudo philosophical question “ Who were we to that person?” It’s disgusting to see the transparency of this response. Fake sympathy to cover up apathy, apathy that built the initial offensive article.
It wasn’t just me either, several responders on the original article accuse the writer of being rude, insensitive, and improper.
We get it hyper… we live in an age of media based information..therefore the line of public/private information are blurred and the entitlement to respond is proportionately blurred. But do you really think you had the right to use her friend’s death, as a talking point, and so crudely?
Do you have such a white knight complex? Does running an internet blog make you feel superhuman? Does it give you legitimacy enough appropriate other people’s feelings and thoughts, to feed your almost irrelevant article? Was it really critical to your article’s substance?
If you really think you have those rights, just because we are a “media based” culture, you are no adults, and you shouldn’t have the authority that the internet has afforded you.
Friends have the right to express these ideas and feelings, out of a method of expression. But strangers don’t have the right to weaponize the situation for the sake of coldly formed rhetoric, just because you have a fucking internet connection.
I am outraged, beyond the point of eloquence. Enraged that people feel entitled to mutilate and deform situations that they have no place in, for the sake of selfish interests. Is this the culture we want to be a part of?
Are these the people we want to be role models of the art world?
The individuals responsible for the article have not expressed any apologetic notions, in regards to their abuse of the situation.
It’s amazing what a high speed internet connection can do to your intellectual ego.