When art requires Google Glass


Artist David Datuna has incorporated Google Glass into the viewing experience of his sculpture, “Portrait of America.” (KIWI Arts Group)

Sometimes looking like a Cyborg is worth it. Artist David Datuna’s “Portrait of America” cannot be full appreciated without wearing Google Glass. Via Michael O’Sullivan:

As you draw near, however, you’ll notice that its 12-foot surface is covered with a lattice of prescription lenses that either magnify or shrink portraits of historical and pop–culture figures. Pop on one of several pairs of Google Glass eyewear that the tech giant has donated to the project, and your proximity to the art will activate a series of short videos that invite you to respond to questions such as “What would you do if you were president?”

Of course, you’re free to simply stand back and gawk. This is America. But Datuna hopes visitors will engage in a conversation about democracy and power. If you opt in to the gimmick, your responses —- whether profound or preposterous —- will be captured on hidden cameras, to be archived for posterity at www.datuna.com.

Learn more about this weekend’s exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery here.

Update: More coverage here too! We’re all over this.


(Kiwi Arts Group)
Matt McFarland is the editor of Innovations. He's always looking for the next big thing. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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