He would be beyond thrilled to see his dream turned our generation's reality. Because let's be honest, who doesn't have a smart phone, a favourite Instagram filter, and at least one selfie lurking on their social media feed?
Narcissism is pretty much the global cultural catchphrase of today. Need a mythology refresher? Legend has it that extraordinarily handsome Greek god Narcissus admired himself to death on the banks of a river/lake/basically something watery with a reflective surface. Derek Zoolander had nothing on him. And while our current obsession with creating the ideal image of ourselves and our lives via social media hopefully has a happier ending, this festival is nonetheless noteworthy.
According to The New York Times the Onassis Cultural Centre NY got the memo and is hosting an inaugural arts and ideas festival aptly entitled Narcissus Now: The Myth Reimagined. The event is slated to capture our modern-day desire for the ideal #iwokeuplikethis via culture and art. To be held in selfie-centric New York City from October 8 - 11, it will comprise 40 free events covering all genres from dance, music, film, visual art, lectures, talks, an art installation, to a walking tour of Midtown New York. The festival has attracted high profile fashion and thespian types like designers Mary Katrantzou and Narciso Rodriguez, and actor Paul Giamatti, bringing a haute fashion and Hollywood flavour to the festival program. Selfie sticks at the ready.
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