Tom Keene and Kypros Kyprianou’s Blushing Mona Lisa is a reworking of the most looked at portrait in the world. The longer one looks directly at her, the deeper she blushes.
Alongside the admittedly cheap reproduction of the portrait hangs an updating explanatory text. Combining visitor comments with articles discussing the impact of the Mona Lisa, auto-generative software forms a new description and authority over the meaning of the work.
With its famous ‘enigmatic smile’, the Mona Lisa became more famous as an object when it was stolen. Despite the disappearance of the object itself people flocked to gaze at the empty space, the lack of the gaze of the art object turned into an event in which the spectators themselves became the spectacle, the museum experience shifts, reversing the gaze onto the viewer.
No wonder she’s blushing.
Tom Keene is a mixed media artist whose multi-disciplinary work includes sensor driven environments, reactive video and robotic installations to participatory arts projects in community settings.
Kypros Kyprianou is an artist and filmmaker whose collaborative practice focusses on the mediation of science by governmental, public and private organisations.
Their previous collaborative work playfully engages with notions of language, communication and networks using modified objects, unclassified archives, signage and blackboards.
Commissioned as part of "Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness"
Supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, as part of Supporting Shy Users in Pervasive Computing project, undertaken by the departments of Informatics and Sociology at The University of Sussex and by Brighton and Hove City Council. Curated by Helen Sloan.
Phoenix Brighton 29th October 2011 8pm (BST) -2am (GMT)
A night of exhibition, performance, intervention, screening, music and contemplation