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30 Oct 2018 / by M+ Team

'Hardcore Digital Detox' by Miao Ying

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,, 2018 © 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.

Read Ulanda Blair's curatorial statement here, and our interview with Miao Ying about the work here.

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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.

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