THE GWANGJU ROCKS
2016

24 paper sculptures, 24 animated emoticons as keyboard for mobile phones and tablets.

 

Installation view from the 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju.

The project consists of two parts: the first is a group of 24 sculptures resembling rocks shown in the Biennale exhibition halls, and the second a corresponding digital keyboard with 24 animated rock-characters to be downloaded by people for their communication on smartphones and tablets.

The Gwangju Rocks are based on actual rocks found in the city of Gwangju – placed as “nature sculptures” in the city’s gardens and parks.

3D scans of a selection of six rocks were made, then simplified and animated to each appear as a digital character with individual behaviour and distinct characteristics, similar to classic emoji characters.

In the Biennale exhibition, each emoji-expression was presented as a physical object captured in a moment of its action, where this momentary shape became an intriguing classical sculpture.