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#smilesfilm – New iPhone Photography App By Yoko Ono

In 1967 Yoko Ono said ‘”My ultimate goal in film-making is to make a film which includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world”. Well, with the combination of the latest technology and her new app this moves her one step closer to achieving this goal. #smilesfilm is a worldwide online participatory artwork by Yoko Ono that reflects her pioneering vision of the power of mass participation.

You can read more about this app below. It’s free to download and you can pick up here.



Originally conceived in 1967 as a way of connecting people across the world, this 21st century project invites people to upload geotagged images of their smiles to Instagram & Twitter, accompanied by the hashtag #smilesfilm.

Using the hashtag, all the smiles are collated by the #smilesfilm App, and are then viewable globally and locally on a world map and together as a film.

#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

The #smilesfilm iPhone App encourages you to interact in 3 ways:

1. dream – look at recent upload activity on a zoomable world map. Tap and hold on the map to view smiles from that geographical area.

2. watch – view the lastest uploaded smiles

3. smile – to join in with #smilesfilm, take or upload photos to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #smilesfilm and geotagged location data.

If All Else Fails


If you’re still not smiling at the end of that, then you can read some inspirational quotes and sounds from Yoko Ono and that might just do the trick.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]