In the Press

The world’s first all-emoji art & design show received massive acclaim across tech, arts, media, and mainstream press. Check out some of the highlights below:

An art exhibition and bazaar in tribute to a new form of language that is, by turns, keenly expressive and cheerfully cryptic.
— Betsy Morais

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Spanning mediums from video to composite posters, the works in the Emoji Art and Design Show treated our favorite smiling piles of poo and flying rocket ships with all the ambiguity they deserve. Some artists interpreted them literally: Ramsey Nasser, who recently finishing building a programming language in Arabic, created what he calls a “universal programming language” based on the symbols, which he says are far more intuitive for use by an international community. And Emoji Dick, a translation of Moby Dick, enlisted the crowdsourced labor of Mechanical Turk to transpose each of the classic book’s 10,000 sentences. Others took a more sinister route. In one set-up, a collaboration between Emilio Vavarella and Fito Segrera, Segrera contorted his face into facsimiles of popular emoji, muscle stimulators attached to his face.
— Molly Osberg
Photography by Michael Shane

Photography by Michael Shane



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According to Zoë Salditch, one of the show’s curators, the digital icons have become an important part of art and design today. ‘Visual communication has been a part of human expression since the beginning of time, from hieroglyphics to cave paintings to religious iconology and you see that here too,’ Ms. Salditch said. ‘We wanted to bridge that gap.
— Rebecca Bratburd
Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal

Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal


Emoji as art is an interesting idea, and one that feels slightly discordant given how most people use the graphics currently. But the show is less about celebrating emoji as a piece of art themselves than it is about using emoji as a material or tool.
— Liz Stinson

FOX5 New York Evening News


Whether we like to admit it or not, emoticons and other visual representations of language have become a part of the way many people communicate today. So is it any wonder artists and technologists have adopted the little icons too?
— Nadja Popovich

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The exhibition explores this new form of communication by appropriating the characters as components of artwork. It’s an ‘examination of the emoji zeitgeist,’ as the online description states, that tears through the codification and emotional obscurity of contemporary society’s answer to cave paintings.
— Bianca Bosker