The First Art Exhibition Inspired By Hashtags

The First Art Exhibition Inspired By Hashtags

Editor’s Note: We’ve had the pleasure of previously working with Kim Goulbourne as a contributing writer to The Social Media Monthly. When Kim approached us a few weeks ago about becoming a media partner for this very unique and first of its kind art exhibition, we couldn’t say no. Please consider supporting Kim’s just launched Kickstarter toward organizing this exhibition.

Hashtags Unplugged is an art exhibition visualizing a few of the most memorable and viral hashtags of the past few years. These hashtags have sparked conversations, inspired change and brought awareness to important issues we’ve faced.


The featured hashtags include #LoveWins, #BlackLivesMatter, #iLookLikeAnEngineer, #TheDress, #PlutoFlyBy, #HeForShe, #BringBackOurGirls, #IceBucketChallenge, #BreakTheInternet, #100HappyDays, #WhyIStayed and #NotOneMore.

Artists are invited to select and visualize a single hashtag in any medium of their choice, to be displayed in an integrated gallery experience in New York.

Who’s behind this?

This exhibition will be the first offline experience produced by Bourn, a small creative studio focused on crafting purpose driven experiences. Run by Kim Goulbourne, a designer and developer based in New York City, their last projects include Founder Mantras and Send Thanks To.

The idea for Hashtags Unplugged came after Kim created a product called Hshtags, a social media search engine for hashtags. For their last Year In Review, she highlighted the most viral hashtags of that year by inviting artists to create a digital piece inspired by one of the hashtags, launching “This Year In Hashtags,” a microsite featuring the artwork.

This year, she’s taking it offline in an art exhibition to give you a chance to experience the most pivotal moments in social media through different artistic media.

Help Bourn bring this exhibition to life by supporting the just launched Kickstarter campaign. You can give as little as $1 or consider $15 to snag an early bird ticket to the exhibition. Be sure to follow Bourn on Twitter (@bybourn) and help spread the word by sharing the project on social media.


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If you’d like more information about Hashtags Unplugged, or to schedule an interview with Kim, please email or send them a Tweet @bybourn.