Projection-Mapped PDA Puts Kissing Couples on Display in Paris

Julien NONNON puts the intimate interactions of Parisians on display.

by Masha (Maria) Koblyakova
24 October 2016, 7:45pm

All images courtesy the artist

A lot of people get a little touchy about engaging in public displays of affection, but French visual artist Julien NONNON put the intimate interactions of Parisians on display for his projection-mapped project #le_baiser. Using proprietary technology that allows him to project on any facade that strikes his fancy, NONNON broadcast the embraces of couples on buildings throughout the city.

The Creators Project previously wrote about NONNON’s Urban Safari project, in which the artist projected a series of anthropomorphic animal illustrations throughout Paris. #le_baiser is inspired by the work of French poet Alfred de Musset, who wrote, “The only true language in the world is a kiss.” NONNON illuminated buildings throughout Paris with his kissing creations on the night of October 1, as part of La Nuit Blanche, an annual nocturnal arts festival. More than a hundred Parisians volunteered to kiss on camera; the couples selected were chosen through an open casting call.

“The number of people aiming to [take part] was beyond my expectations,” NONNON tells The Creators Project.  “I received many heartfelt and touching messages from a lot of people telling me their stories and why they wanted to contribute to such a project.”

NONNON hopes to reprise #le_baiser in other cities, around the world, so if engaging in PDA in a major way tickles your fancy, now’s the time to perfect your kissing technique.

To check out more of Julien NONNON's work, follow him on Instagram.


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