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Blockchain Chicken Farm and Grass Mud Horses

Commons Conversations
16 Nov, 2020

Blockchain Chicken Farm and Grass Mud Horses

with Xiaowei Wang and An Xiao Mina

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Join us for a conversation about trans-Pacific internet cultures and social change with Xiaowei Wang and An Xiao Mina! Xiaowei will discuss their forthcoming book, Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside (FSG, 2020), an original and probing look into innovation, connectivity, and collaboration in the digitized rural world. An Xiao Mina will discuss their recent book, From Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power (Beacon Press, 2019), a global exploration of internet memes as agents of pop culture, politics, protest, and propaganda on- and offline, and how they will save or destroy us all.

About Xiaowei Wang

Xiaowei Wang is a technologist, a filmmaker, an artist, and a writer. They are creative director at Logic magazine, their work encompasses community-based and public art projects, data visualization, technology, ecology, and education. Their projects have been finalists for the Index Design Awards and featured by The New York Times, the BBC, CNN, VICE, and elsewhere. They are working toward a PhD at UC Berkeley.

About An Xiao Mina

Researcher An Xiao Mina served as a contributing editor for the book Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters. A 2016-17 research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, she was also a recent 2016 Knight Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, where she studied online language barriers and their impact on journalism.

With The Civic Beat, a global research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology, they have led workshops and exhibitions in spaces such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Mozilla Festival Open Artist Studio (curated by the V&A Museum and Tate Modern), the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, the ACLU and RightsCon, and they’ve been producing what Net Monitor called “the cutest map of the internet” — a world map of animal memes in collaboration with over a dozen internet culture researchers.

Mina is author of Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power (Beacon Press, January 2019). Kirkus Reviews called it an “incisive and illuminating study,” and Booklist described it as a “thoughtful and engaging look at the complex role and power of memes in global politics and social movements.”

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