The Mediated image was a project which ran from 2015-2019, during my tenure as a Junior Research Fellow in Art History at Christ Church, University of Oxford. The project culminated in the exhibition Chinternet Ugly at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in 2019. I am currently lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews, you can learn more about my current research here.
The aim of The Mediated Image is to serve as an online visual database providing insight into China’s internet culture and the defining role that image making is coming to assume within this sphere. Examining how artists are increasingly using digital media to disseminate their work to new audiences, the mediated images that appear on this website demonstrate the complexity of artistic structures within contemporary China, showing the fluidity of the opposition between the ‘official’ and the ‘unofficial’ and questioning the notion of a self-censoring, often unitary state media. Revealing instead the existence of a creative, humorous, but also socially and politically critical “China online,” which frequently locates itself outside of the intellectual discourse surrounding state censorship and contemporary art, this blog explores aspects of visual culture at the forefront of modern and contemporary encounters between China and the wider world.