When ANIMAL checked out the Emoji Art & Design Show at Eyebeam in Chelsea, we were impressed with just how creative the artists have been in using and subverting those silly little icons. Zoë Salditch, who co-curated the show with Julia Kaganskiy, walked us through the exhibit. We also spoke with artist Matthew Rothenberg about his ongoing Emoji Tracker — 50171839 :) and counting! — and with Emilio Vavarella and Fito Segrera, who demonstrated their Transiconmorphosis project in which they manifest the facial expressions of input emojis via small, targeted electric shock to the face.
A few projects that excited us online made into the show — Man Bartlett’s Emoji Art History interpretations and Fred Benenson’s self-published Emoji Dick re-write of Moby Dick — as well as some cute nods at outdated media, like Maya Ben-Ezer’s Shift Key typewriter sculpture. The show, produced by Forced Meme Productions, includes prints, textiles, interactive interfaces, music videos, a programming language and performance — all very emojinal. Hurry, last day is Dec 21st! (Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)