THE GWANGJU ROCKS
24 paper sculptures, 24 animated emoticons as keyboard for mobile phones and tablets.
85 x 295 x 445 cm
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.
Below is a screenshot of The Gwangju Rocks keyboard on an iPad Mini.
The emojis were reworked and relaunched as stickers for iMessage in 2020.
The stickers can be downloaded here: