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Emoji Art Reveals The Dark Side Of The Smiley Face

13
Dec
2013

On Thursday evening, artist Fito Segrera will sit at a computer, log into a chat room and wait for people to send him emoji. But Segrera won’t just see the cartoon-like illustrations. He’ll also become them: Each time he receives an emoji, a patchwork of muscle simulators will send electric shocks to Segrera’s forehead and cheeks, forcibly contorting his face into the shape of whatever emoji his chat partner chooses — a smiley face, a winky face, or a frowny face. This performance piece will be featured among more than a dozen other works at the Emoji Art and Design

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