Anomalisa, 2017

Anomalisa, 2017

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An anomaly, a “deviation from the normal,” means in many cases a special attraction for nature. A famous example is the famous deviant smile of Mona Lisa in the portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Anomalisa, however, puts the famous portrait in a more contemporary visualization – with the emergence and the assimilation of emojis, whose ideograms expand since the rapid spread of smartphones and are slowly getting into the collective treasure, they revealed a completely new way of communication. They symbolize, clarifiy, summarize, and even replace other signifiers for the expression of emotions and more complex facial messages. But in reverse, they also create a need / dependence of the human mind for the correct understanding of the message. Anomalisa takes this principle to absurdity: in the promise to solve the everlasting discourse on the existing or non-existent smile with a clearer visual language, the work plays with the expectations of its audience and clarifies the power limits of the pictograms, which apparently, cannot replace the complete communication path. Anomalisa joins the prominent group of Mona Lisa adaptions, whose members remodeled the original portrait, and thus its meaning, into other contemporary and ideological contexts. Other well-known examples include e.g. Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys.

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