Dr Justine Poplin2
2Victoria University, Melbourne , Australia
The digital age is referred to as a culture of convergence, involving the remixing, re-mashing and re-creation of user-generated content. These perspectives are developed from a paradigm that combines cultural, political and economic factors that enable a deeper analysis in this multimodal, cross-cultural epoch of global fluidity. For this reason, the study identifies symbolism as a tool that reflects culture and meaning transculturally. Globally, there is a growing desire and interest by galleries and curators to exhibit contemporary art from China. Thus, research examining the Australian interest in contemporary Chinese visual culture is a rich area for exploration. The paper will focus on works by artists such as Miao Ying and Lu Yang shown in Australia, that are in some way linked to online culture either in the conception/idea generation or use of online born symbolism. Moreover, the curatorial themes represented in Australia are either on the whole ‘subversive’ or ‘traditional’, the former provocative and thus, indicative of China’s rapid social change, building an audience based on curatorial themes that highlight China’s ideological shifts. Through a synthesis of multi-modal analysis; digital ethnography, and compositional interpretation the paper seeks to give interpretation of relevant transcultural visual forms from China.
Justine Poplin is an artist and academic with research interests in Visual Culture and new visual phenomena. Her ongoing research examines transcultural symbolism and the new epoch in online & offline representations in the Digital Age on which she has published and presented in Australia and China.