Smile, you're on Yoko Ono's new app
By Natasha Baker
TORONTO (Reuters) - In the 1960s Yoko Ono set out to create a film that would include the smiling face of every person in the world. Now, nearly five decades later, the project has come to life as an app.
#smilesfilm, a new iPhone app, is the digital manifestation of Ono's long-envisioned project. The app allows people around the world to view and upload snapshots of smiling faces.
It is also part of a global piece of her artwork, a changing collection of photos which reflect Ono's original vision of connecting people across the world.
"It is the simplest thing to make yourself healthy and make others feel good," the artist, peace activist and the widow of John Lennon, said about smiling.
The app features three sections -- dream, watch and smile. Users can look at recently uploaded snapshots geographically on a map, view them in a moving slideshow chronologically and take snapshots of their own smiling faces, which are collated into the app and placed on a map based on where the photo was taken.
Since June 1 more than 3,300 photos have been added to the app, which is also available online as a website.
#smilesfilm isn't the first time that Ono's artwork has featured the theme of smiling.
Her 1968 film No. 5, commonly known as SMILE, featured Lennon in the garden of his home in Weybridge, England, as he looked into the camera, shifting between a straight face and a full-on smile. The film premiered at the Chicago Film Festival in 1968. Continued...