The Royal Academy - Ai Weiwei, Social Media and Online Activism

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Description

Art historian Dr Ros Holmes discusses Ai Weiwei’s prolific use of social media and explores the artist’s creative, humorous – but also socially and politically critical – presence online.

Since 2005, Ai Weiwei has employed an array of digital media platforms as the primary means to communicate and interact with his followers, both within China and worldwide. From his extensive blogging activities to his prolific use of Twitter and Instagram, as well as his creation of satirical memes and online videos, audio recordings and photos, Ai has harnessed the power of the Internet as a creative tool for public expression and discussion.

In this talk, Dr Ros Holmes addresses the intertwining of Ai Weiwei’s online communications with his own practice to craft an artistic mode of expression that very cleverly exposes the (often incredulous) contradictions of contemporary China, and the absurdities of institutional power. She also explores how the above methodologies have affected his artistic impact, with young artists both celebrating and contesting his practice.
10 Oct 2015

Event (Conference)

TitleThe Royal Academy : Ai Weiwei, Social Media and Online Activism
Period10/10/15 → …
Web address (URL)
LocationThe Royal Academy of Arts
CityLondon
CountryUnited Kingdom