Last month AFC’s Paddy Johnson argued in her artnet News column that Richard Prince’s Instagram portraits aren’t genius—they’re just evidence of trolling. You can see that on his (now deleted) Instagram account and prints; his are the last comments you’ll read in every post. “Like a true troll, Prince always gives himself the last word,” writes Johnson.
In case there was any doubt this was trolling, Prince pretty much owned up it on his Birdtalk blog:
I’m terrible when it comes to the tech side of technology. But somehow I figured out how hack into Jessica’s feed and swipe away all her comments and add my own so that it would appear under her post. The hack is pretty simple and anyone can do it. You hit the grey comment bar and pick a comment you don’t want and swipe with you finger to the left and a red exclamation mark appears. You press on the exclamation mark and four things come onto the bottom of your screen.
- Why are you reporting this comment?
- Spam or Scam
- Abusive Content
To get rid of the comment you click on Spam or Scam. It’s gone. Just like that I could control other peoples comments and Jessica’s own comments. And the comment that I added could now be near enough Jessica’s photo that when I screen saved it, my comment would “show up”. Make sense? It’s about as good as I can do.
And let’s not forget an overt mention of trolling:
If you say so. I never thought about it that way. The word has been used to describe part of the process of making my new portraits. I guess so. It’s not like I’m on the back of a boat throwing out chum.