The 100 Faces Project

There has to more to life than Facebook. 
The question: How can I, as an artist, interact with social media? Do something remarkable? And earn money?

The inspiration: Seth Godin’s Purple Cow

The challenge: 1 year to paint 100 commissioned portraits. 

The result: An artistic alternative to Facebook. And one huge mosaic. 
But how do I explore connectivity, push my boundaries, and find 100 willing participants?

By using my network. I started with my friends and family. It spread from there. Friends of Friends of Friends. The individuals featured embrace a huge spectrum of ages, origins, and walks of life. They span from my four-year-old son to 5 celebrities—Stanislas Wawrinka, Bertrand Piccard, Nico Boesten, Mark Butcher, and Igor Stravinsky. 

Finding the participants? That was easy compared to painting the portraits in one year. While I was scared that I wouldn't finish, I did, in fact, paint 100 portraits. 

The culmination of The 100 Faces Project was an innovative and intriguing look at connectivity. A huge mosaic covering 6 m2 integrated the expressive acrylic portraits and mirrored on an adjacent wall was an interactive “pinboard” of connectivity. It featured colour-coded strings: blue indicating a geographical connection, red a genetic one, green an educational or work-related synergy, and yellow a social connection. The universal language of art unraveled its power before visitors’ eyes, answering all sorts of questions in its path.

It was a fascinating web of shared stories. And way more fun than Facebook.


Le Projet des 100 Visages

Il doit y avoir plus dans la vie que Facebook.
La question : Comment puis-je, en tant qu'artiste, interagir avec les médias sociaux ? Faire quelque chose de remarquable ? Et gagner de l’argent ?

L’inspiration : La Vache Pourpre de Seth Godin

Le défi : 1 an pour peindre 100 portraits précommandés.

Le résultat : une alternative artistique à Facebook. Et une énorme mosaïque.
Mais comment puis-je explorer la connectivité, repousser mes limites et trouver 100 participants volontaires ?

En utilisant mon réseau. J'ai commencé avec mes amis et ma famille. Ça s'est propagé à partir de là. Des amis des amis des amis. Les individus décrits embrassent un éventail énorme d'âges, d'origines, et de chemin de la vie. Ils vont de mon fils de quatre ans à cinq célébrités : Stanislas Wawrinka, Bertrand Piccard, Nico Boesten, Mark Butcher et Igor Stravinsky.

Trouver les participants ? C'était facile comparé à peindre les portraits en un an. Alors que j'avais peur de ne pas finir, j'ai peint les 100 portraits.

Le point culminant du projet des 100 visage était un regard novateur et intrigant sur la connectivité. Une immense mosaïque de 6 m2 intégrant les portraits acryliques expressifs et reflétée sur un mur adjacent était un « tableau d'affichage » interactif de la connectivité. Il comportait des chaînes de couleurs : le bleu indiquant une connexion géographique, le rouge un lien génétique, le vert une synergie éducative ou reliée au travail, et le jaune un lien social. Le langage universel de l'art a dévoilé son pouvoir devant les yeux des visiteurs, répondant à toutes sortes de questions sur son chemin.

C'était un réseau fascinant d'histoires partagées. Et bien plus amusant que Facebook.

The 100 Faces Project Mosaic

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