Barak Obama took a selfie. This made headlines, not because he took it, but because he took it while attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela. It makes us realize how natural and almost unconscious an act it is. Like checking your messages on your iphone We do it all the time, without even thinking. Are these portraits a passing fad, or are they here to stay? Do they have a place in the art scene discourse? Alicia Eler interviews some artists who think they do.