Sebastiaan Pijnappel
April 19th 2011

I woke up this morning and grabbed my Iphone to have a browse on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I looked at pictures of a far away friend and his family on a night out in Mexico, of an ex-colleague in a rather embarrassing outfit after loosing a bet, and to my surprise some old carnival pictures of myself, posted and tagged by a friend.

German artist Martin Backes has been kind enough to provide a solution for those of us who find this loss of privacy and animosity in the age of social media just a little bit scary. Pixelhead is "media camouflage" covering the head and neck.

We know that the digital world uses many metaphors for things found in the real world. However the digital world has become so familiar to us that real-world metaphors for virtual phenomena are starting to pop-up.

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Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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