#INSTAROADTRIP2016

 

#InstaRoadTrip2016 was an social media performance piece that I executed in January of 2016. In short, the project was a month-long virtual journey from New York to California — a classic American voyage of youthful soul-searching and self-discovery — made entirely on Instagram. Using other people's photos that were geotagged along my route, I "explored" local culture, "met" various characters and told "their" stories. I thought #InstaRoadTrip2016 might remind us that we no longer simply go places and photograph what happens, but what happens is a function of what we photograph. I hoped the project would highlight the blurry line between fact and fiction in an era when many use social media to author their lives. 

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In summer of 2016, I launched CONFESSION with collaborator Gregor Hochmuth, a project that is a bit like a combination of Post Secret and Chat Roulette, with a little old school Catholicism injected into it. Much to our surprise, we ended up receiving thousands of calls, and getting a fair about of press about the project. Here's an INTERVIEW I did for an Israeli news program (segment starts at 9:25). 

DAZED DIGITAL

DAZED DIGITAL

HUFFINGTON POST

HUFFINGTON POST


Lecturing at the Jeu de Paume in Paris


Preaching in Union Square (Photo © Elizabeth Herman. 2012)

Preaching in Union Square (Photo © Elizabeth Herman. 2012)