Twenty one years ago a Japanese designer, Shigetaka Kurita, created a series of 176 colourful digital pictographs—just three millimetres high. He called them ‘Emoji.'
In 2019, John MacLean discovered digitally enlargeable emoji—and started combining them with his large-scale inkjet photographs. He calls these ‘Emojigraphs.’
In the resulting series, Conversations, MacLean’s careful selection of Emojis have been used conversely: not to speed up communication, but to slow down the reading of his photographs. The results provide gambits for conversations on science, nature, philosophy, language and culture. Here we find Dice hiding behind a wall, shyly offering a metaphor for chance and free will.