10 Kissing Performances That Are Actually Art

Sorry Internet, that viral video called First Kiss that features strangers awkwardly and adorably making out on camera for the first time was actually part of an ad. We discussed its place in the relentlessly positive Upworthy landscape, and we shared the parodies that have popped up since its debut. Now, we take a look at similar performance works (live or captured on film and in photos) that are actually art. Head past the break for one big arty make out sesh.


Jedediah Johnson’s Makeout Project captured the portraits of just-been-kissed people (men, women, and babies), smeared in the artist’s lipstick, with a glimpse of his hand cradling their head.