Miao Ying: A Field Guide to Ideology
April 17–October 3, 2020
Curated by Yan Wu
Miao Ying: A Field Guide to Ideology (苗颖: 精神实用宝典) is the first presentation of Shanghai-New York-based artist Miao Ying in Canada. This exhibition features new iterations of her two recent projects “Chinternet Plus” (亲特网+, 2016) and “Hardcore Digital Detox” (硬核数据排毒, 2018). A first-generation internet artist in China and a self-claimed dual citizen of the Chinternet and the World Wide Web, Miao Ying examines official and popular Chinese internet culture thriving behind the so-called Great Firewall. Commenting on a recent Chinese economic strategy “Internet Plus”—involving the rebooting of traditional industries through cloud computing, big data, and life-style branding—Miao Ying’s “Chinternet Plus” is a parodic and critical take on the cultivation of a new, counterfeit ideology complete with promotional videos, seductive imagery, logo designs, wallpaper, and concept slogan. Its companion work “Hardcore Digital Detox”, a caricature of #spiritualretreatinchinternet, turns focus to the proliferation of experience economy and commodification of life style in a post-materialist society.
Miao Ying: A Field Guide to Ideology (苗颖: 精神实用宝典) marks the opening of Immaterial Architecture presents, a series of image-based spatial productions by Oliver Husain, Deirdre Logue, Annie MacDonell & Maïder Fortuné, and Jon Sasaki that explore the immaterial architecture of the public sphere.
We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council with additional project support from the Ontario Arts Council Culturally Diverse Projects grant.