TRANSICONMORPHOSIS

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TRANSICONMORPHOSIS, 2013. Mixed media installation and performance. Variable dimensions.

TRANSICONMORPHOSIS is an interactive artwork developed in collaboration with Fito Segrera that proposes an ambiguous and experimental communication system for the near future, the result of a theoretical reflection on the development of new forms of technological communication, their effects on human beings, as well as their political effects. In TRANSICONMORPHOSIS, a conventional chat service hosted on a computer is interfaced with a series of electrodes connected to the face of the artist; on the other side of the exhibition space another computer allows a member of the audience to chat with the artist. The system focuses on facial expressions, and translates the emoticon received through the chat into electrical impulses that force the artist’s facial features to mimic the expression of each emoticon.

If in the future the possibility of face-to-face communication becomes less widely used and written communication becomes crystallized in a series of immutable forms, humans will lose the empathic abilities that today are, in part, reproduced by emoji and emoticons. If humanity fails to invent new metamorphoses, and new emoji, these devices will be diffused worldwide.


 



EXHIBITIONS

 

  • PLUNC 2016 – Digital Art and New Media Festival, Museu das Comunicações – Fundação Portuguesa das ComunicaçõesLisbon, Portugal
  • SIGGRAPH 2014, ACTING IN TRANSLATION, curated by Basak Senova, Vancouver Convention Center, Canada
  • EYEBEAMEMOJI, Art & Design Show, curated by Julia Kaganskiy and Zoe Salditch, NYC, US

Special thanks to: Yana Birÿkova and HARVESTWORKS Digital Media Arts Center. Download the software here.


(SELECTED) BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology
TRANSICONMORPHOSIS
MIT Press, vol.47, no.4, 2014. (eng)
ANIMAL
Inside the Emoji Art & Design Show
2013. (eng)
The Huffington Post
Emoji Art Reveals The Dark Side Of The Smiley Face
2013. (eng)

 

 

Svenska Dagbladet
Smileys kan dölja hur vi känner oss
2014. (eng)
Digital Creativity
“Art Space: ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2014”
Routledge, Volume 25, Issue 4, 2014, pp.360-368. (eng)
MASHABLE
“The Emoji Art and Design Show Spotlights the Picassos of Texting”
2013. (eng)

 

 

papermag
“An Emoji Art Show Heads to Eyebeam”
2013. (eng)
USAHERALD
“TRANSICONMORPHOSIS”
2012. (hrv)
Laughing Squid
“Emoji Art & Design Show, An Emoji-Themed Art Show in New York City”
2013. (eng)
pandodaily
“When Emojis Become Art”
2013. (eng)

 

 

Stylesight
“Emoticons Infiltrate the Art World: Emoji Art and Design Show”
2013. (eng)
REFINERY29
“Guys, we went to an Emoji Art Show”
2013. (eng)
Curatorial text
Acting in Translation
by Basak Senova, 2014. (eng)
DIVA – Jorunal of The Society for Art and Science
TRANSICONMORPHOSIS
vol.36, 2014. (jap)
Digital Creativity
(upcoming) “TRANSICONMORPHOSIS”
Routledge, vol. 26, 2014. (2014)

 

 

MTBS
Video Interview
2014. (eng)
SIGGRAPH SCOOP
Video Interview
2014. (eng)
ANIMAL
Video Interview
2013. (eng)
Gallerist
“I Have No Words: Talking Emoji at Eyebeam”
2013 (eng)