A picture can paint a thousand words, happy, thoughtful even horrified.
With one tap, there’s a shortcut to human emotion and emojis are now making it into the art world.
At a new exhibition in London, artist Antoine Catala is exploring their impact on society.
A video loop of a conversation and silicone emojis play out to show how a few words and symbols can change the way we talk think and react.
Written language is sort of fixed, but the oral language changes over time.
It’s different means of transmission of information and emojis we don’t know how they will look like in ten years, however the text will read the same.
And so it’s kind of interesting to think of it as some kind of archival form and how it’ll look in ten years.
More than 560 billion texts are reported to be sent worldwide every month.
We’ve been sending text messages to one another for more than 25 years, they have totally transformed the way we communicate.
But they’ve also been blamed for encouraging bad spelling and reducing emotion down to a simple emoji.
And art has always been about emotion and expression none more so than at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Among other highly politically charged exhibits, it’s an emoji which will be soon added to your phone or tablet.
It shows a mosquito and it’s part of a public health drive which will let scientists track the occurrence of mosquitoes.
This emoji may be used by you and I after barbecue one evening, having been stung one too many times.
But it’s also about how you might track the movement of mosquito across place, so scientists can use it as a means to understand where the mosquitoes are.
Art and science are always reaching out for new ways to try to grab people’s attention, changing lives could just be a click away.