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““I would argue that the new emoji are too detailed,” artist Niki Selken said during a talk that touched on, among other things, how the brain interprets alphabetic language differently from emojis. “Designers are upset.” In the back of the room, people spontaneously applauded.
November 2016 - Bay Area Bandwidth covers my VR game, 😀🌺 and my talk Confessions of an Emoji Artist.
October 2016 - I am speaking and presenting artwork at the first annual Emojicon.
June 2016 - I was selected for the Kill Screen Scholars Program presented by Intel to support women in game design.
September 2015 - The Brooklyn Rail mentions my Emoji theory in their article BIG TALK, SMALL TALK Why People Who Read Should Care About Emojis.
May 2015 - Huffington Post UK Article mentions my Emoji work in What Do Fleek, Bae And FOMO Mean? 90% Of Parents Baffled By Text Speak.
May 2015 - Radio Interview with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio National show Afternoons.
April 2015 - Radio Interview with Anthony Funnell on ABC Radio National show Future Tense.
Panelist and 2014 Space App Challenge winner Niki Selken told me, “I come from San Francisco where it’s very locked down, you have all the tech giants there. It felt like there was a very high barrier to entry in terms of tech and gender.”
Niki loves Arduinos, fashion and design. Her work is often inspired by fantasy and literature, and this piece is no exception. In fact, it is part of her thesis, A Prayer for Rain, which uses folk objects and shrines to explore the issue of rain in California.
April 2014 - Senti8, the wearable tech project I co-created won New York NASA Space Apps and ranked as a global finalist. Senti8 was featured by Adafruit, Parsons, Trend Hunter, PSFK, Cover Stories, Tech n' Hints, Gajitz, and Creapills.
April 2014 - Yahoo Tech features my Emoji art and ideas.
Niki Selken, an emoji experimenter and co-founder of the World Translation Foundation at Emojifoundation.com, says this was a turning point, allowing Apple and Google to share the same set of characters. “Another factor is that we have a culture which is changing in the way people communicate,” Selken says. With more digital (as opposed to face-to-face) communication, subtext can get lost.
April 2014 - My Blinking Monkey Hat lands a review on Adafruit's blog for #WearableWednesday.
This tres adorable hat was recently created by Niki Selken and Annelie Koller. They were intrigued by 8×8 LED matrices (aren’t we all?), so they decided to work on a project that would imitate eyes. They were thinking about using some cheap glasses, but then fell in love with this hat.
The longest sequence of She Was a Computer was a high-concept skit, almost vintage Monty Python. A female doctor (portrayed by Niki Selken) receives a stream of patients who are suffering from physical ailments. She diagnoses their diseases as stemming from the digital side of their hybrid reality, and her prescriptions for her patients cramps and headaches are gadget-related.
October 2011 - NPR radio show, Snap Judgement features my ghost story: Old Pictures.
May 2011 - Rumpus writer, Seth Fischer, interviewed me about making lit readings more performative.
A couple days ago, I saw this short blog post in Publishers’ Weekly that asked whether writers could make more money by putting on literary performances than by selling books (short answer: no.) This dismissal seemed premature to me.. . . I was eating dinner with my friend Niki Selken, a playwright and performer, when I brought this up. She agreed with me, and then she proceeded to go on an ingenious rant about how the worlds of theater and literature could learn a lot from each other.
2004 - Readers Choice Award for Best Club DJ by the Metro Newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA