The emoji transcend language barrier. They show emotional affect in this our cold world. They pass our feelings in most symbolic way recognisable in this digital age. They are also defining for us what global capitalism means. Plugged-in artistes are really influenced by the invention of the emoji in their films and artistic productions to suggest the dangers and the wonders of this digital era.
Let’s take the example the “Boring Angel” a 2013 track to indicate the significance and revolution emoji are making in this our current world. The experimental electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never, marries the sounds of computing with the sweeping emotional resonance of chamber music. The song’s music video, created by the internet artist John Michael Boling, achieves a similar effect, using digital ephemera in the service of timeless storytelling. Mr. Boling presents a blank white screen featuring just one small, ever-shifting emoji character, which flits across the keyboard to convey an entire lifetime in just over four minutes. We experience heartbreak (a pattern of broken heart emoji, sobbing face emoji, wine emoji and cigarette emoji); addiction (a sequence featuring the Magic 8 Ball emoji, pill emoji and syringe emoji); death (the skull emoji appears); and, finally, the hopeful hint of an afterlife (it all ends on the prayer-hands emoji).
In all, the emoji are not just some boring symbols as few people thing. They are a reflection of culture that produces them by the mobile providers. And they also make our messages better.