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Miao Ying, Flowers all fallen, birds far gone (detail), 2015, GIF animation, 39 frames.

Miao Ying, Flowers all fallen, birds far gone (detail), 2015, GIF animation, 39 frames.

Miao Ying

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Miao Ying, Flowers all fallen, birds far gone (detail), 2015, GIF animation, 39 frames.

For Miao Ying’s “Holding a Kitchen Knife to Cut the Internet Cable,” a monthlong online exhibition organized by the Chronus Art Center and the Chinese pavilion at the Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale, the artist revisited a collection of ten GIFs and browser works she produced in 2014 and 2015 that engage the aesthetics of censorship. Arranged here in a set sequence, the flashy, congested pieces could be scrolled through by a visitor such that an ambiguous narrative unfolded. The composition of each page typically consisted of a background image, a browser window, and found slangy musings about love, appearing in the visual style of animated texts produced by Taobao, a major Chinese online-shopping site. These texts streamed across the page or turned slowly as though on a rotisserie. In the exhibition’s first works, domain names blocked in China—including Google, Twitter, Facebook,

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