'Hardcore Digital Detox' by Miao Ying
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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About Miao Ying
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), “Holding a Kitchen Knife to Cut the Internet Cable”(Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015), etc.
Miao Ying’s Hardcore Digital Detox is the first work in M+’s series of digital commissions, exploring online creative practices that sit at the intersection of visual culture and technology.