The "Weird Faces Vending Machine" doesn't muck around with commentary on the nature of the work of art, commodification of "culture," or unpacking the universal human condition. This small installation is by Matthias Dorfelt, or Mokafolio. It charges your credit card $3, tells you that it "[LIKES] THE WAY YOU WAIT" among other digital burbles, and eventually produces a unique print of computer generated faces, which would appear to be hand drawn and which are in fact adorable. In short, it does a tidy job questioning the value of the work of art and the commodification of cultural artifacts. (The universal human condition may be hinted at vis a vis the array of odd faces? Jury's out.)
This semi-dramatic video enactment suggests that in addition to the on-demand creation of unique prints, the vending machine also includes a personalized message to the buyer on the back, inviting you up to see Mokafolio's studio. You wouldn't have to twist my arm. As a proponent of interactive design, I laud the integration of programming into art and development of new tools. Even hardened art critics should appreciate this highly functional vending machine's clean lines, whimsy, and savvy corner on the weird face market.
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