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Silly Faces


Silly Faces, interactive video (2010)

Medium: computer, projector(s) or video wall, mini-arcade booth with monitor and camera, microcontroller, light, color backdrop

Silly Faces is an interactive video installation that asks the audience to become a part of the exhibition. Visitors can upload a 5-second video of themselves making a silly face using a ‘photo booth’ style arcade. The most recent video is added to the constantly changing grid of faces projected onto the gallery wall. Each video is bumped to the left when a new video is created, resulting in a dynamic and evolving mosaic of moving portraits. Everyone is a star. The arcade is a simple prop that attracts the audience to play Silly Faces as a game. The video mural shows the most recent videos, looping. A single channel HD projector/monitor, two-channel projection, and a video wall version are available. The price varies depending on the equipment purchased for the exhibit.

Silly Faces is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, OliOli in Dubai UAE, the Scott Family Amazeum in Arkansas, Kidsport at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Stepping Stones Children's Museum in Connecticut, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology in Youngstown Ohio, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh PA, and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh where it was first commissioned for Yinz Play in 2009. 

Silly Faces acts as a visualization of the temporary community that comes together in a public space. The movie portraits can be saved into a database for the museum's archive or deleted automatically. The video grid can be altered to fit the architecture of a space. Prompts can be added to the kiosk's live feed for a theme. 

For more information, contact the artist Amanda Long.

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Name Description
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Exhibit Producer Amanda Long Studio
Price $12,500 - $30,000
Size Under 1,000 sq. ft.
Exhibit Subject(s) Diversity
Type Sale
Availability 4-6 weeks preparation time
Contact Amanda Long
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Phone 703-346-3458

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