#artoninstagram: Engaging with art in the era of the selfie

Piancatelli, C, Massi, M and Vocino, A 2020, #artoninstagram: Engaging with art in the era of the selfie, International Journal of Market Research, pp. 1-27, doi: 10.1177/1470785320963526.

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Title #artoninstagram: Engaging with art in the era of the selfie
Author(s) Piancatelli, C
Massi, M
Vocino, AORCID iD for Vocino, A orcid.org/0000-0002-5551-9059
Journal name International Journal of Market Research
Article ID 147078532096352
Start page 1
End page 27
Total pages 27
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publication date 2020-10-21
ISSN 1470-7853
2515-2173
Keyword(s) co-creation
emotion
engagement
iconic authenticity
selfies
social media
Summary This study aims to understand how people engage with art in the era of selfies, digital devices, and social media. It examines the audience experience of an art exhibition, where visitors are encouraged to use social media to share their art experience, to understand how such an approach might change the nature of visitor engagement with art. Arguably, selfies taken in the art space enrich the visitor’s experience and engagement with art and function as co-creational, empowering, and authentic marketing tools for museums. Data for this research were collected through non-participant observation (ethnography) and netnography at the National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia. The results show that rather than promoting disengagement from the art piece, selfies in the art space become “networked material-discursive entanglements” empowering art consumers to co-create value and arts organizations to reduce their distance from consumers and reproduce the iconic authenticity of the artwork in the virtual space. The article contributes to selfie theory by overcoming the traditional view of selfies as manifestation of narcissistic self-expression. Instead, it promotes an interpretation of selfies as an empowering and democratizing means used by art consumers to develop narratives and identity projects in a context such as the museum where traditionally the development of the narrative is apanage of an elite. A further contribution provided by this research stems from the identification of clusters of visitors (i.e., reality escapers, art lovers, photoholics, and selfie lovers), placed on a continuum of value co-creation, which arts administrators need to be conscious of as they enter a more dynamic era of art consumption. By outlining managerial implications, this study provides an initial reflection on how arts managers can navigate the emerging era of the selfie in the museum context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1470785320963526
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 150506 Marketing Theory
0806 Information Systems
1505 Marketing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30144413

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