Jan Vantomme

"We notice each other's smiles immediately. It's our favorite thing for people to notice — our smiles. It's all either one of us has to offer. You can see it in the way our cheeks stretch out like arms wanting nothing more to say "you are welcome here."

— Taken from Convenience Stores by Buddy Wakefield

What better way to start the description of my installation with a quote from the spoken word artist Buddy Wakefield. He describes the smile as the easiest form of interaction between human beings in a far better way than I could have written. The installation takes this very idea, but replaces one of the humans with a computer. When the computer recognizes a human smile, it smiles back — not only at the person, but to all people in Brussels, as it makes the iMAL building smile to the city.

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