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Ying Miao

This video is made from a series gifs made from snapshots of censored websites (such as,,,, etc.) and local Chinese internet poems ( such as” Holding a kitchen knife cut internet cable, a road with lightning sparks’), translated by Chinese-English, and Taobao ( style 3D animated gif wording, along with 8 bit internet landscapes. The background music is “Hello” by Lionel Richie. In the music video, it shows a love story between a blind girl and Lionel. In the end she made a sculpture of him from her observation, quite like the romantic relationship that the artist is in with the Chinese internet.

Ying Miao is a new media artist who currently resides on The Internet, the Chinese Internet (the GFW)and her smartphone. In 2007, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New Media Arts department of the China Academy of Fine Arts. In 2009, she received her MFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, with a focus in Electronic Integrated Arts.

She has been focusing on internet art since 2007 when she made The Blind Spot( words censored from, her works have a strong awareness of the ever-changing technology of our time, the relationship of body and machine and reality versus simulation.

She has shown her videos, digital prints, artist books and interactive installations in mainland China, Taiwan, Europe, the United States and in the virtual world of Second Life.

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Thea Baumann

30 June at 01:02AM


我喜欢 ! Falling into the deep .gif eyes of Lionel.
A clay bust of Richie needs to encoded on the Forever Now record. There should be a Weibo or Weixin to share this special moment to space.


30 June at 04:34PM


So romance! Funny, yet thought provoking portrayal of a censored view of the www set to one of pop culture's greatest hits.


11 July at 10:17PM

Love the use of of Lionel and the blind romance as political commentary. Yes.

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