I looked at myself in the mirror this morning, and I had a BIG SMILE!
My family asked me “Your smile today is so special. Something we should know?”
This is what: Your smiles have gone over 10 thousand smiles to date!
The Earth Planet, our humble Universe, and all the universes are saying “What’s this?”
Pretty soon they will catch the idea and smile back to us, I’m sure.
War Is Over (If You Want It!!!!)
I love you!
Yoko Ono: ‘I envisioned the whole world smiling together’
MSNBC Nightly News, 22 July 2012
The idea that a smile had the power to heal occurred to Yoko Ono in the days after her husband, Beatles singer John Lennon, was murdered. NBC’s Lester Holt and Ono smile together in this report about Ono’s new project about smiles.
We close with a story tonight that just might give you a reason to smile. The power of a smile is the basis of a new art project on exhibit here in London. It is the work of a woman you likely know well who after suddenly losing her husband found the answer to healing her pain was written across her face.
NBC: There is more than just the olympics and a break from the rain that has Londoners smiling these days. The whole world is smiling this light hearted project on display at the serpentine gallery , the hope of artist Yoko Ono when she mused on the idea.
YOKO ONO: I envisioned the whole world smiling together.
NBC: The idea that a smile had the power to heal really took hold for Ono in the days and months after the murder of her husband back when it seemed there could never be anything to smile about.
YOKO ONO: Every day in the morning when I see the mirror I try to smile. It is very hard. In the beginning it was so phony. But then I started to really smile.
NBC: She calls the project hash tag #smilesfilm. There was no public internet or twitter back when she started thinking about it. Technology has caught up ask and Ono is asking people to snap a picture and smile.
YOKO ONO: If we all start to smile in the world something will happen. I think that it will be better for the world maybe.
NBC: Featured in the gallery exhibit a slow motion film of Lennon breaking into a smile. Over the years Ono has dedicated herself to peace, a message she shared with her husband. The two famously staged a Bed-In for Peace in 1969. In 2011 she created the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland. She said she likes to think John is smiling about smiles but it is not hard to.
NBC: You think John is smiling with us now?
YOKO ONO: He would love it. It is the kind of thing he liked.
YOKO ONO: Okay. I like this.
NBC: Maybe it is true. When you smile the whole world really does smile with you.
See www.smilesfilm.com for more.
#smilesfilm is a worldwide online participatory artwork by Yoko Ono that reflects her pioneering vision of the power of mass participation.
Originally conceived in 1967 as a way of connecting people across the world, this 21st century project invites people to upload images of their smiles to Instagram & Twitter, accompanied by the hashtag #smilesfilm.
#smilesfilm taps into the transformative potential of the smile.
Our smiles change moods and opinions as they radiate positive energy out into the world, creating joy, healing and peace, changing the Universe for the better.
"People from cities and countries around the world can freely upload their smiles by mobile phone and computer to the world and its people. Each time we add our smiles to #smilesfilm, we are creating our future, together. Give us your smile! I love you!”
Yoko Ono, 2012
For more information, see http://smilesfilm.com
The #smilesfilm iPhone App is now available for download at the iTunes App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/smilesfilm/id536220280
The #smilesfilm iPhone App encourages you to interact in 3 ways:
1. dream — look at recent upload activity on a zoomable world map
2. watch — view the lastest uploaded smiles
3. smile — take/upload photos to Instagram & Twitter.
When uploading to Instagram or Twitter, make sure to:
1. add the hashtag #smilesfilm
2. add the geotag location information (so it can appear on the map)
When looking at the Map, tap and hold your finger on a country to view smiles from that area.
To return to the main menu at anytime, press the blue swoosh top left.
Press and hold the blue swoosh to read the whole of Yoko’s original 1967 script.
The App also includes inspirational quotes and sounds from Yoko Ono.
If you have any queries regarding the website or the App, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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