CIDRAL Public Lecture: Margaret Hillenbrand (Oxford): ‘Public Secrecy in Contemporary China: Ducking the Firewall’
|Starts:||17:00 19 Feb 2019|
|Ends:||19:00 19 Feb 2019|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students, General public|
This event is part of CIDRAL's Spring 2019 programme, 'Work, Leisure, Culture'.
Margaret Hillenbrand (Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Wadham College, University of Oxford) will deliver a public lecture entitled ‘Public Secrecy in Contemporary China: Ducking the Firewall’.
Tank Man, the über-image of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, has been repurposed endlessly in the quarter of a century since the crackdown. These remediations of that original photograph have often taken the form of political cartoons, memes and YouTube remixes, which circulate broadly outside China. In China itself, though, Tank Man has been largely monitored out of online sight, and the digital artists who have repurposed his image in recent years are typically so harried by the censors that their work cannot hope to endow him with mass viral visibility, let alone the iconic status he possesses abroad. But precisely because of their fugitive character – which produces audiences who are alert and on the qui vive – these remediations ensure that Tank Man remains the grit in the clam of public secrecy about 1989, and most particularly when they take the form of augmented reality art.
Travel and Contact Information
Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre
Samuel Alexander Building