Emojis were first developed by Shigetaka Kurita for cell phones in 1999, these 12 x 12 pixel humble masterpieces of design planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual language. Nineteen years later, Emoji has burst into a new form of global digital communication.
Emoji reassert the human in the deeply impersonal, abstract space of electronic communication. Emoji are synonymous with so much – adventure, excitement, fun – and represent a range of unlimited emotions without saying a word.
On the occasion of World Emoji Day which falls on 17 July, I’ve been commissioned by VR Bengaluru to create an Emoji-themed art installation. In addition, our company Laboratory Of Creativity in association with VR Bengaluru is setting up an Emoji Creation Station exclusively for kids on 14 and 15 July. So don’t forget to come and hang out with some of your favourite Emojis this weekend.
ABOUT THE EMOJI ART INSTALLATION :
My ‘School Of Emoji’ miniature clay sculpture Installation celebrates the universal connection and communication the beloved facial icons provide, a language sparking unexpected conversations and action around the world.
Emoji has always been more than just a form of communication to me – it’s an icon of pop culture. I’m excited to play with Emoji designs and showcase them in a fresh medium – miniature clay sculptures that are replicas of the classic facial icons.
Please hop by with your family and share this with your friends!