Will you participate in a social experiment? Visit Chinatown Soup to perform image searches at FIREWALL!
Video and installation artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, in collaboration with artist and technologist, Dan Phiffer, present a pop-up Internet Café installation that enables visitors to simultaneously search images on both Google in the U.S. and Baidu in China.
FIREWALL is a socially engaged research and interactive art project designed to foster public dialogue about 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.
Special thanks to GreatFire for providing both Chinese Internet 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 operatesFreeWeibo, an uncensored version of Weibo, as well as FreeBrowser, an Android app that allows users in China to access any site, even those blocked by the government.
Special thanks also go to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art for loaning hardware, and to uProxy for developing an open-source browser extension that lets users share their routes to the Internet with each other.
FIREWALL Internet Café NYC was made possible by the Asian Women Giving Circle and the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, the Lambent Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.