Emoji Art & Design exhibition opens next week at Eyebeam

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Emoji Art & Design exhibition opens next week at Eyebeam


The Emoji Art & Design Show surveys the spread of emoji through popular culture with an art exhibition and Emoji Pop-Up Market. 
In today’s visually oriented culture, which increasingly communicates through images rather than text, emoji comprise a kind of “visual vernacular,” a language that conveys humor, ambiguity and personality as well as meaning.

This visual form of communication isn’t necessarily new—from cave paintings, to hieroglyphics, to religious and mythological symbols encoded in traditional painting and sculpture, we’ve been communicating through images since the dawn of mankind—but its dominance in culture today, especially among millennials, seems to indicate a greater shift in our approach to self-expression.

An examination of the emoji zeitgeist, The Emoji Art & Design Show features works of art and design selected through an open call. The works presented cover a wide range of mediums from digital prints, sculptures, video and performance art, tackling themes such as emotional ambiguity, symbology, and visual communication. Works in the show explore ideas rooted in both pop and visual culture—appropriating and inserting emoji into the art history cannon, hypnotic moving images, emoji photo apps, inherent translation difficulties, and a desire for more emoji characters are represented in this exhibition.

Featuring Original Works by:

Genie Alfonzo
Fahad Alhunaif
Kim Asendorf & Emilio Gomariz aka Maadonna
Jeff Baij, Al Bedell, Zoe Gholson & Michael Manning
Man Barlett & Jacinda Russell
Genevieve Belleveau
Maya Ben-Ezer
Fred Benenson
Mike Burakoff
Zoë Burnett
Cara Rose Defabio
Kwok Pan Fung
Carla Gannis
Jeanette Hayes
Ibon Mainar
Becca McCharen
Ramsey Nasser & Addie Wagenknecht
Liza Nelson
Luciel Perte & Noah Spidermen
Matthew Rothenberg
Arkadiy Ryabin
Fito Segrera & Emilio Vavarella
Kyle M. F. Williams

For more info: http://www.emojishow.com/

Presented By: Forced Meme Productions, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center and GroupMe

Official Media Partner: Mashable

With Support From: Arts, Culture & Technology Meetup, Brugal, Dark Horse Wine, Melee Media and Perrier

The exhibit will be on display from Thursday, December 12 - Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Eyebeam Technology Center. Visit the events page for more information and operating hours.