The Extenders

The first selfie stick was patented in 1983 by Hiroshi Ueda. He invented the ‘Extender Stick’ because a child ran away with his camera when Ueda asked them to take a photo of himself and his wife on holiday. This charming invention, like most things, has been turned into a monster by modern society.

‘The Extenders’ are giant selfie sticks, all of them cumbersome and fundamentally useless. They are displayed as standalone sculptures or performative objects, aiming to dismantle the visual language of selfies.

Representing the quick turnover of trends and our fetishisation of consuming crap, they are made from ‘junk’, like pipe lagging, timber and off-cuts of steel. 

 

Artist with giant wooden selfie stick, at Disneyland