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Imagine This Room Filled With 250 People Making Out

2007_02_27makeout2.jpgNow that we have your attention, let us explain.
Toronto filmmaker/photographer Ryan Hughes launches his newest project Makeout! this Saturday, March 3, at the Ryerson University Business Building at the corner of Bay and Dundas Street West.
Makeout! is both an event and a film. 125 couples will fill up the room to your left and “lock lips for the camera in what will be one of the largest displays of affection this city has ever seen,” while Hughes and his crew film everything.
“It’s not strictly a film, which is how I wanted to go about this project,” says Hughes. “It’s a mass-participatory art event…something that everyone can experience, contribute to, and be engaged by.”
When people hear about Makeout!, “I either get really excited and enthusiastic responses, or a WTF look,” he says.
The finished project—a short film—will be submitted to festivals and may have a few gallery showings.
For those interested, head to for more information or to sign up.


  • Adam Sobolak

    I surmise that the relative anonymity of the premises is part of the point of the exercise–still, it’d be neat to apply the mass-makeout formula to more “meaningful” contexts and places, maybe as a means of sending a message (a save-the-Bata-building makeoutathon? whatever…)

  • Kevin Bracken

    Adam, we were asked to do a “kissing mob” for Procter and Gamble in Union Square. Gross!
    But I am definitely thinking of checking this one out.

  • Peter

    Maybe Ryan Hughes just likes to watch…

  • Marc Lostracco

    A room full of mouth pasties and sloppy kissing sounds…hmm…seems to be more appealing in theory.

  • Liam

    I’d think if you wanted Toronto-based slobbering and mindless affection, you’d just have to turn the cameras to the stands at a Leafs game.
    Thank you very much!

  • zooma

    If this had been on valentines day that’d be uber lame.
    What a comment about TO, however. The people in this city need to be coaxed into showing PDAs. They need hand holding.

  • Adam Sobolak

    Since I mentioned Bata, maybe combining Doors Open and a makeoutathon might be nice–say, in the T-D Tower’s 54th floor boardrooms. Mies so horny, indeed…