#UsNotMe animated gif of the four June 2010 covers of Us Weekly 2011
Starting right now, I’d like to hear about your celebrity desires. Are there any you secretly wish you were? If you were forced, who would you be? Who would you make out with? Do you ever find yourself guiltily (or not) checking TMZ? Or are there pop culture icons you want to see buried in obscurity? Hung from the rafters of public dissent? Burned in the—you get the point. E.g. How do you feel about Lady Gaga, Snooki, Bieber, LiLo, Rebecca Black, Kreayshawn or old school like Brad & Angelina? I want to hear about them all. Musicians, movie stars, television personalities, really anyone that appears to be famous on a pop-cultural level. What are your personal thoughts on them? Tweet using the hashtag #UsNotMe. Then, this Saturday from 7pm to 9:30pm (CST), I will analyze your desires within the guise of one of my Absurd characters.
#UsNotMe is a part of #notmethough, a one-night exhibition curated by @CameronBlaylock and @StevenJThomson for Curation Myth Ministries at Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston. The title comes from the third most popular trending topic of June 2010 (after #nowplaying and #JustinBieber). It’s a curious one that has me thinking a lot about virtual identity and collective pop-consciousness. Though I’m finding it hard to describe critically after seeing this yesterday. But I digress. Oh: I’ve noticed an anonymous account that you can also participate with for #notmethough: @t_h_e_y.
Ok! Have at it!
P.S. I’m currently on a small, remote island 22 miles off the coast of Maine with one other person and a dog, very limited inbound non-natural stimulation, and finding myself longing in strange directions. In other words, I’m craving bad pop culture like never before. Don’t let me down! :)