selfie arm by aric snee & justin crowe sparks cultural commentary
selfie arm by aric snee & justin crowe sparks cultural commentary selfie arm by aric snee & justin crowe sparks cultural commentary
apr 28, 2015

selfie arm by aric snee & justin crowe sparks cultural commentary

selfie arm by aric snee & justin crowe sparks cultural commentary
all images © aric snee, model: rachael walker




by changing the context of a piece of work, where it is seen or used, the meaning can be changed. what once was art becomes design and likewise, what was design transforms into art. the differences between the two once separate disciplines are in a constant state of flux, at times entirely indistinguishable. residing somewhere in the middle, are artists aric snee and justin crowe, where they have honed their talents focusing on designs and works that challenge the dynamic of humans and technology. 

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some museums have banned the devices, forcing unsuspecting visitors to actually look at the art




fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, snee and crowe created the ‘selfie arm’. the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm. and better yet, it doesn’t talk or have emotions of any sort. you can even create fake accounts and use its finger to like all your images; its not you its the hand! ‘selfie arm’ is made of fiberglass, is lightweight and portable, and fortunately only a prototype. the collaborative project is a direct commentary on the growing selfie stick phenomenon, and the constant, gnawing need for narcissistic internet validation.


snee and crowe have announced that 10 limited-edition, signed ‘selfie arms’ will be made. 

aric snee and justin crowe are artists and designers who experiment with human/technology relationships

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don’t take another boring selfie, take 500 instead

the ‘selfie arm’ is a sarcastic solution to the problem of being alone

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the adjustable phone mount accepts most smart phones

social media has created the illusion of being more connected

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create the appearance of having a companion

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‘selfie arm’ is a conceptual prototype


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  • Very funny…looks a bit dead, but nice idea. And…er…wouldn’t it have been better to show the LEFT arm, because usually one has to use a smart phone cam with the right hand, at least when shooting horizontal pics?

    Dirk16 says:
  • it’s funny, but it’s also sad… very sad…

    rookie says:
  • This is a wonderful variation on an early conceptual prototype I designed in 2009:

    Tim says:
  • good design

    mehdi abdlmaleki says:
  • Urrr…. People take selfies with the screen facing them. Slight design issue to be addressed with the mount maybe?

    Iain says:
  • very cute

    dbkii says:
  • now that is just sad. not even any longer a full pretend friend just the arm, lol.

    sworddesign says:
  • Just a nice day out, with my corpse-friend.

    Mats Svensson says:
  • This is brilliant. Thank you for saying ‘it’ like it is.

    Narcissistic is the word and so applicable to not only people today but at any time when this technology may have been available.

    It is surprising that it took so long for this pathetic need to call attention to ones self to show up .
    It is one of the many traits, unfortunately, that has been well developed in the Entitled generation.

    Ron Smith says:
  • The model is very very cute

    Samuel says:
  • That model is one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen.

  • Interesting art project.

    David Hoffman 5 says:
  • I recognize that campus anywhere!! totally miss Ball State right now. Interesting idea!

    Mike Ball says:
  • So funny i want

    Jada says:

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