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[liberationtech] Pop-up internet cafe in NYC's Chinatown complete with Chinese censorship!

GreatFire.org greatfire at greatfire.org
Mon Feb 8 10:36:42 PST 2016


Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that GreatFire.org is involved with an
installation art piece / pop-up art exhibition in new York City called
Firewall (http://firewallcafe.com/) which starts tomorrow and runs through
to March 6th.

Details below. If you are in NYC or passing through sometime in the next
month, please do "pop by"!

Best, Charlie


JOYCE YU-JEAN LEE

FIREWALL Internet Café NYC



Feb 9, 2016 –  Mar 6, 2016

16B Orchard Street, New York City 10002

Artist Reception: Sunday, Feb 21st, 6 – 9pm



The Franklin Furnace Fund and Asian Women Giving Circle are pleased to
present FIREWALL, a pop-up Internet Café and participatory art installation
in New York City by Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, on view from Tuesday, February 9
through Sunday, March 6, 2016.



FIREWALL is a socially engaged research and interactive art project
designed to foster public dialogue about Internet freedom. Video and
installation artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, in collaboration with artist and
technologist Dan Phiffer, invites residents and tourists of NYC to commune
over free tea and Wi-fi at Chinatown Soup, a creative space on the border
of New York City’s Lower East Side. FIREWALL enables participants to
simultaneously search images on both Google in the U.S. and Baidu in China
to investigate online censorship and manipulation of information between
these two countries. In this cooperative performance, Lee explores a
rapidly developing web culture, the nuances of language translation, and
the notion that everything can be found on the Internet.



The research results will be presented in two forms for viewers from both
nations to compare, contrast, and cross-reference:


1)  A virtual FIREWALL “library” will be maintained at www.firewallcafe.com.
Search results will be catalogued daily into this blog, which will continue
to document the project after FIREWALL Internet Café closes its
brick-and-mortar space after March 6, 2016.



2)  An evolving art exhibition within the FIREWALL space will showcase
select image searches by participants, who will include invited guests and
key leaders in the academic, activist, art, journalist and Chinese
communities of NYC and beyond.



As a Chinese American digital media artist with parents who fled China
during the Communist Revolution,Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is interested in the
formation of collective national biases by mass media. Lee asks, “What
value do cross-cultural artistic and interactive media experiences have
vis-a-vis social and political open-mindedness?” Her FIREWALL process
intentionally slows viewers down in an interpersonal exchange of words,
images, knowledge, and opinions examining how “truth” is transformed by
technology. The resulting conversation, the true art of the process and
intrinsic art making, reflects Lee’s philosophy of art as tool for
connectivity and learning.



Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a visual artist with a MFA from the Maryland Institute
College of Art, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has
exhibited in NYC, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., Italy, Germany, and
Taiwan. The Washington Post included her in their “Top 10 Best Art Gallery
Shows” in D.C. for 2012. She was selected for Creative Capital’s “On Our
Radar” in 2014, and received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland
State Arts Council in 2013. Joyce is a trustee for The Contemporary museum
in Baltimore, and teaches part-time at Fashion Institute of Technology and
New Jersey City University.



The artist offers special thanks to GreatFire.org for providing Chinese
Internet connections and human connections. GreatFire is a hacktivist group
that has been monitoring blocked websites and keywords on the Chinese
Internet since 2011, in an effort to bring transparency to the Great
Firewall of China. GreatFire also operates FreeWeibo.com, an uncensored
version of Weibo, as well as FreeBrowser.org, an Android app that allows
users in China to access any site, even those blocked by the government.
Lee’s special thanks also go to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of
Science and Art for loaning hardware to the Internet Café, and to
UProxy.org for developing an open source browser extension that lets users
share their route to the Internet with each other.



For PRESS Inquiries or to SCHEDULE a Group Visit, please contact:

info at firewallcafe.com or 917-533-5375



-- 
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@GreatFireChina <http://www.twitter.com/greatfirechina>

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