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Digital animation still of several clusters of computer servers sitting on a flat grass lawn. They are cloaked with a piece of fabric with logos of various technology companies printed on it. There is a line of trees and spiral unicorn horns nearby.

Miao Ying:
Hardcore Digital Detox

Miao Ying:
Hardcore Digital Detox

30 Oct 2018

Need an online break from the dominance of multi-billion dollar businesses like Google and Facebook on the internet? Set your virtual private network (VPN) to mainland China, where these websites and apps are blocked, for a relaxing online retreat!

This is the satirical concept behind Shanghai–and New York–based artist Miao Ying’s Hardcore Digital Detox, the first work in M+’s new online series of digital commissions. The work is a playful reflection on both the ‘Chinternet’ and World Wide Web, using the concept of a wellness online retreat to comment on issues of global capitalism, online propaganda, and media democracy.

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We invite you to explore the work deeper. Read the curatorial statement written by M+ Curator of Moving Image Ulanda Blair.

About the Artist

Miao Ying is a Shanghai– and New York–based artist. Her work has been shown at the 12th Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, 2018), Shanghai Beat (Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, 2018), All I know is what’s on the internet (The Photographers' Gallery, London, 2018), .com/.cn (co-presented by MoMA PS1 and K11 Art Foundation, 2017), After Us (co-presented by New Museum and K11 Art Foundation, 2017), The New Normal—Art and China in 2017 (Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017), Secret Surface (Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2016), and Holding a Kitchen Knife to Cut the Internet Cable (Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015).

About Digital Commissions

M+ is committed to providing platforms for projects by creative practitioners who propose new frameworks and discussions for visual culture. M+ launched its ongoing series of digital commissions in 2018 to address aspects of digital culture today, pointing to new, pressing lines of enquiry. The experimental, browser-based works in this series explore the intersection of visual culture and technology, encompassing data visualisation, interactive design, gamification, and creative technology.

Image at top: Miao Ying, Hardcore Digital Detox, 2018 © Miao Ying