The border between real and virtual becomes less and less noticeable. Often the user considers the digital tool as an extension of him or her self. It makes it possible for us to keep up with the pace of current society. By using these tools intensively we are a part of the digital network. The tools are conducting our lives and even our daily rhythm.
What are the consequences when human beings are rooted in a virtual world? What happens with the human expressions which are not easily translated into the digital language? How do we communicate by whats’app? What kind of solution do apps offer us to express ourselves? And is it elaborate enough to bring our message through with enough humanity? Are emojis representing our emotions or are we fitting ourselves to the emoji? Ultimately the question becomes whether we are using and controlling the digital tools or instead, they are controlling us by our adaption to their rhythm and functionality. What are the consequences of adapting to a less intuitive and more digitally ruled system?
The Emoji Game is a provotype questioning the consequences of allowing apps to suppress basic human emotions. Using the emojicons used on smartphone messaging as a starting point, we wanted to provoke people to try to translate these emotions in real life. The Emoji Game shows how we APPLY emotions on a rational manner in the virtual world. This rational process of applying emotions stands opposite from the real life emotions that arise spontaneously and that are not constructed logically. In comparison with our human emotions emojis are a caricature of our divers and often subtle human emotions. Does this translation of basic human emotions into caricatured smileys interfere with how we read human emotions in real life? And are we consequently unlearning how to express and read real life human emotions?