When was the last time an artist asked you to not only take a photo of their work but to also digitally modify it and post it online? That’s exactly what artist Basim Magdy is asking you to do in his exhibition The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings. Respond to the artworks on view by creating your own digital creation—add filters, stickers, or digital doodles, anything you can do on your device. (Please, please, please do not attempt to physically alter the works in the galleries.) After you’ve completed your new artwork, post it online, tagging #BasimToldMeTo and @mcachicago; you may be asked to feature your work on our blog or on our Instagram or Facebook pages.
Here are some ideas from the artist on how to participate:
What would your rules for understanding the world be? 13 essential rules for understanding the world were created when working on my film of the same title. Come up with your own rule or a parody of the film to post online. Watch the film online or visit the exhibition.
(ADDENDUM (RULE #14)) YOU WILL BE TAUGHT THAT DOING UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU IS THE "GOLDEN RULE." THE PLATINUM RULE IS DOING UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU WITHOUT EXPECTING THEM DO UNTO YOU AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU. @mcachicago inspired by #basimtoldmeto #13essentialrulesforunderstandingtheworld #BasimMagdy
Write a Story
on the instagram post
It would be years later, when, between fear-fissured homes, the scar of the shadow of the ghost, would bring one to the other in an electric spiral, which embraced as much as pricked me
on writing a story
Write a love story or a fragment of a love story, like An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale.
Respond to the art by adding your own creative take on the exhibition with digital doodles, stickers, emoji, or anything else you want to do digitally to make the photo your own—or just take a #MuseumSelfie.