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Harvard professor Gary King, in his research paper “How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression,” (2013) revealed shocking statistics on Internet censorship in China. The study verified that all Chinese social media content is regularly censored by keyword and relevance to sensitive issues. Most jarringly, this was not done by computer programs, but by 20,000 - 50,00 Internet police officers whose sole jobs are to delete content created by Chinese Netizens.
In development of a previous campaign on Chinese censorship, this project aims to visualize Chinese censorship in a multisensory experience. Through the medium of print, video, and interactive objects, this exhibition puts the viewer through the eyes of a Chinese Netizen.
Viewed through an interactive eyepiece, the print posters examine censorship on the controversy of dissident Ai Wei Wei, in a retelling of the events leading to his arrest through a series of Twitter posts. According to King's paper, up to 25% of all Chinese media on Ai was removed within a 2 month time span.
To evoke the pervasiveness of this censorship on Chinese human rights, the video piece and interactive objects visualize how information is forcedly taken away from Netizens on a daily basis, by the hands of numerous officers. In a country of 642 million Internet users, the government has complete control over what you see.
Copyright Justin Chun Him Au 2015