A display goer at LA’s fourteenth Factory caused a ruckus as of late when she hunched to take a selfie before a show by craftsman Simon Burch — and afterward lost her adjust, toppling an entire column of platforms and apparently causing $200,000 worth of harm. It’s excruciating to watch:
A definitive incongruity? The display was highlighted by the Los Angeles Times in a May article titled “Gracious, the selfies you’ll make at L.A’s. fourteenth Factory, where the craftsmanship is so social,” which lauded the Instagram-capable nature of the show:
In the final scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s mysterious space masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey,” astronaut David Bowman, having just been sucked through a turbulent wormhole, ends up in a brightly lit bedroom where he appears as himself through various ages and times. That eerie set — a neo-classical-meets-sci-fi site of death and rebirth — is the perfect place for an Instagram. Which is exactly what’s been going down at The 14th Factory, an art installation created by British-born, Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch, along with a crew of international collaborators…. The 14th Factory is less ruminative art experience (sooooo muuuuch slooooo-moooooo) than it is a series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the perfect selfie.