It figures that the city known for generating the most Instagram selfles would open a museum to attract selfie shooters.
Art in Island, an interactive art museum in a suburban Manila, Philippines, has installations designed for visitors to incorporate themselves into master 3-D copies of some classic works.
They are having a ball acting out their place in the art. Just look at some of the photos visitors post to the museum’s Facebook page.
One visitor to the museum in Quezon City steps out of van Gogh’s Starry Night; another appears to be tearing the canvas of Edvard Munch’s iconic The Scream.
To be encouraged to touch and climb on the art is stepping into another world, considering museums around the world, including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art in the U.S., have banned the use of selfie sticks. Guards at museums all over are constantly asking visitors not to take pictures, but of course, many get away with it.
“Whenever you visit an art museum, you are always expected to just look around quietly,” Art in Island officials wrote on the museum’s Facebook page. “You are not allowed to touch anything nor take pictures. That’s why, for those who think that (an) ‘art museum is not for me,’ we bring you ART IN ISLAND.”
Last March, Time magazine conducted research to see where selfies came from during a 24-hour period around the world. It found two cities near Manila, Pasig and Makati City, produced 258 selfies per 100,000 people, the most of any region.