What kind of things move our emotions ? In a world increasingly hyper – tech , artistic experiments as “Face-o-mat” invite us to think about. Initially designed by Tobias Gutmann as a project for one of his college classes at Konstfack in Stockholm, “Face -o- mat” is an analogue photo booth. Inside it, instead of wires and circuits, you’ll find a desk with all the necessary items to draw and Tobias himself ready to work.
The invention promises your picture in 3 minutes and allows sliding delicious low-fi buttons to decide whether you want color or black , natural or facelift, classic or avant-garde. Once the client has made the choice, Tobias scrutinizes the face through a small window, sliding his brushes and serves the final portrait sthrough a slot. Impossible not to be moved by such a cool gadget!
The young Swedish artist has traveled with his invention over 40,000 km, stopping in Tokyo , London and Dar es Salaam to conclude that “the machines could not yet replace a simple smile“. The more than seven hundred people who meet “Face-o-mat” can now boast of having a single portrait. Follow the adventures of Tobias and his “Face -o- mat” on his Tumblr and Facebook .