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Doc Soup: Picture Character

December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm MST

Starting out as a limited set of simple icons, emojis have now ballooned into a pop culture phenomenon, appearing in Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.11.20 PMScreen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.08.49 PM, and more. The colourful and fun ideograms are also changing the way we communicate with one another; they’ve become a language in their own right, one that is continually evolving. The language is user-generated, but a small, secretive committee called Unicode has final say on which emojis make the Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.15.00 PM. While anyone can submit their ideas, the competition is steep. In PICTURE CHARACTER, we follow a few people from around the Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.13.14 PM who feel that their respective communities deserve to be represented in the lexicon. They meticulously build presentations for their proposed emojis, hoping that Unicode will give them a Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.14.29 PM. From humble beginnings in Japan, these picture characters now represent something much greater: a tectonic transformation of communication in the digital age.


December 4, 2019
7:00 pm MST
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Cineplex Eau Claire
200, 200 Barclay Parade SW
Calgary, AB Canada
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