- Thu 19.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
- Fri 20.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
- Sat 21.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
- Sun 22.May @ 11:00 - 23:00
“I FEEL…” investigates the virtual manifestation of our human emotions in the virtual world thru the lens of the emoticons. Emoticon are a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression, which in the absence of body language and prosody serves to draw the receiver’s attention to the sender’s tenor or temper in an online communication. As social media has become widespread, emoticons play a significant role in human interactions through technology, offering a way to translate the emotions experienced by an individual while in the midst of cyber communication. In the installation, the artist offers a physical personhood to these ideograms, by lending them her voice and animating them. The video and sound randomly start and stop, bringing life and humanity to the virtual cartoon. The ipads are displayed on the wall at eye level, inviting the viewer to a face to face interaction with his/her online emotional alter-ego.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos (GR/USA)
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist working around language and identity. Born in Greece, raised in Paris, she now lives and works in NY. Her work investigates the definition and construction of identities, personal memories, culture and collective histories in the post-Internet age. She places herself as a translator, building connections between past and present, physical and virtual and ultimately between one and another. Her work was exhibited in galleries, institutions and public spaces in North America, Europe and Latin America including AMA | Art Museum of the Americas (DC, USA), Künstlerhaus Wien (Vienna, Austria), Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (Naples, Italy). Kosmatopoulos also worked alongside socially charged entities such as the Organization of American States (United States) and the Museum Louis Braille (France) to create large-scale installations that raise awareness on social issues. Her upcoming collaboration with Sean Naftel, Mastering the Art of Contemporary Art, will be exhibited at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark in the Spring 2016, followed by a large scale outdoor installation at the MUBE Museum in Sao Paulo and a multi-location olfactive project with the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles both in the Fall 2016.