Immediacy, the mother of immersion, is so tempting to achieve and to be part of, also or maybe first and foremost in messengers. It’s tempting to make immediate connections, ask and answer questions with one tap, to have a dialog without talking. Form that once followed function in the world of consumer electronics was reassigned to follow emotion*. Emotions got channeled into emojis. Emoji, an ultimate form of immediacy, emancipated, giving life to new genres whose function is to immerse users in generating (or picking from) sets of personal preferences, cultural references and insider jokes. In a messeger’s STICKERS menu, you are entering fractal dimension, opening a Russian Doll. Matreshka sticker set is your path throurh the world of endless possibilities, greetings, reactions, questions and answers, that will always match.
Artists: Cho Won Kim, Cora Lenz, Olia Lialina, Nadja Schmidle, Tim Schmitt, Marla Schneider, Amelie Vogelmann as part of semester project LOOP at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart
The Garden of Emoji Delights Sticker set includes characters extracted from The Garden of Emoji Delights, a digital painting and animation I produced as a translation of Hieronymus Bosch’s most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights. The stickers include: “Burger Boy & Businessman,” the “Shrimp Mermaid Goddesses,” “Princesses in a Pool,” “Bros on Bikes,” “Amorous Pig Nun,” “Money Angels,” and more….
Carla Gannis is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She produces virtual and physical works that are darkly comical in their contemplation of human, earthly and cosmological conditions. Gannis’s work has appeared in exhibitions and projects across the globe. Recent projects include “Portraits in Landscape,” Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY and “Sunrise/Sunset,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Artport. Publications who have featured Gannis’s work include Hyperallergic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, El PaÍs and The LA Times, among others.
*Canadian artist, who has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990’s, both in Canada and Internationally. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film & video, and obsessive on-line animated GIFs incorporated into restrained off-line installation work. Recent exhibitions include “Abrupt Diplomat” at the Marshal McLuhan Salon for Transmediale, “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn NY and “DKRM” at DAM Gallery, Berlin. Mills has also co-curated monthly group GIF projections, with Rea McNamara, for the “Sheroes” performance series in Toronto, a group GIF projection event “When Analog Was Periodical” in Berlin with Anthony Antonellis, and a four person GIF installation, “:::Zip The Bright:::” at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, with Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva. Lorna Mills‘ most recent curation project, “Ways of Something” is a collaborative remake of the 1972 John Berger documentary “Ways of Seeing” episodes one through four, featuring 113 networked artists. (quoted from http://methodsofart.net/artist/lorna-mills/)