With Facebook, Twitter and Co., mobile phone photos and videos are shared millionfold on the Web. They are liked or provoke protest, form communities—and advance the circulation of affects. Accompanying the exhibition of the same name, the publication, Affect Me. Social Media Images in Art, introduces nine artists who work with images originating from social media.
Their focus lies particularly on those images that are shared in the context of political conflicts. The artists reflect how these pictures move and mobilise, beyond their reporting function, and how they navigate on the brittle boundaries between reality and fiction.
Comprehensive essays analyse social media images’ affective dynamics and the role they play in the works of the participating artists. The exhibition and this catalogue were produced in close cooperation between KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf and the research project Affective Dynamics of Images in the Era of Social Media at Freie Universität Berlin.