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Artist Talk with Miao Ying

A program of:

Miao Ying: A Field Guide to Ideology

Tuesday, March 8, 6pm ET
Online and in-person
Daniels Building (DA170), University of Toronto
1 Spadina Crescent

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Join the Art Museum and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design for an artist talk with Shanghai/New York-based artist Miao Ying on the occasion of her exhibition A Field Guide to Ideology, the artist’s first gallery presentation in Canada.

Miao Ying is a member of the first generation of internet artists in China and a dual Netizen of the Chinternet (the restricted Chinese internet, a.k.a. the “Great Firewall”) and the World Wide Web. In this talk, Miao Ying will map out a general trajectory of her practice, which evolves through a dialogue with the internet. What is an “Internet Installation”? Why does Ying describe her relationship with the state as a form of Stockholm Syndrome? How does she formulate the juxtaposition between the internet as an ideological construct hidden behind the “Great Firewall” and social media platforms in the West?

About Miao Ying:
Miao Ying is the first generation of Chinese contemporary artists who grow up with the internet, one-child policy, Chinese economic reform, and educated in both China and the West. She is best known for her projects and writings around the Chinese internet online culture and her Stockholm Syndrome in relation to authoritarianism. Her practice juxtaposes Western technology and ideologies with contemporary China and highlights the new modes of politics, aesthetics, and consciousness created during the representation of reality through technology. Her works inhabit multiple forms including websites, machine learning software, VR, installations, paintings, etc. She is based in New York and Shanghai.

Her most recent solo exhibitions include Pilgrimage into Walden XII (OVR: Pioneers, Art Basel, 2021), Hardcore Digital Detox (M+ Museum, Hong Kong, 2018), Miao Ying: Chinternet Plus (New Museum, New York, 2016) and Holding a Kitchen Knife to Cut the Internet Cable (Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015). She has shown her works at Facing the collector (Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, 2020), The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics (New Museum, New York, 2019), The 12th Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, South Korea, 2018), .com/.cn (MoMA PS1, KAF, 2017), The New Normal—Art and China in 2017 (UCCA For Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017), Secret Surface (Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2016), etc. She is the winner of Porsche Young Chinese Artist of the year 2018-2019. (

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and entry will be first-come, first-served. Tickets will be required for admission. As many people order tickets and do not attend, we have released more tickets than available seats. There is limited seating capacity and, as per the Government of Ontario COVID-19 requirements, enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes will be scanned for entry. Masks are also required and U of T recommends medical masks. COVID-19 requirements are subject to change and will be updated as new regulations are released.

Presented in partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

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Title and Page Image: Photo by Don Stahl.


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