The Awkward Beauty Of Watching Complete Strangers Kiss For The First Time

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When director Tatia Pilieva instructed couples to kiss, she did so with a twist. The two kissers are complete strangers, and don’t even know each other’s names. In this intriguing short film, aptly titled, First Kiss, we watch each of these people meet, realize they must smooch, and proceed to do so. Not surprisingly, it’s a little awkward for most of them, but when it happens, the moment is endearing and beautiful.

As you watch this three and a half minute video, there’s varied responses to what Pilieva asks. Some people try and make a joke out of it while others look nervous. One person introduces themselves. Finally, they all go for it, and the kisses range from a full-on make out to a shorter, more diplomatic kiss. It’s interesting to see how quickly people become comfortable with each other and are able to let go of their inhibitions to embrace the moment.

Aside from the charming concept, you might have noticed that everyone is nicely dressed and is conventionally good looking. As Jezebel and other media outlets have pointed out, this video is actually and ad for the clothing line, Wren. While it might be an inconvenient truth that no doubt puts a damper on the spontaneity of the video, it doesn’t totally detract from the pleasure we get from watching it.

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Hidden Faces in Johnson Tsang’s Stainless Steel Spill Sculptures

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The sculptures of artist Johnson Tsang are unbelievably realistic.  That is, until you spot faces in the spilling liquid.  Primarily working in ceramic and stainless steel, Tsang’s sculpture’s seem to be caught like photographs.  Liquids spill from mugs, streams intersect, and crash to the ground.  Hidden by Tsang in the flow, however, are faces.  Two colliding streams of liquid are actually faces mid-kiss.  His work emphasizes a temporality – time as it quickly passes and their memories.  [via]

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