The Transmedia and Transcultural Hyperrealism of Ai Weiwei’s Digital Communication

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Abstract

This study investigates Ai Weiwei’s recent artworks and ‘communication activism’ (see Strafella & Berg 2015), looking at Ai both as content producer and as journalistic subject matter. The production of this Chinese artist, writer and activist with a uniquely ‘global’ reach constitutes a portrayal of the social and political realities around the world, including China, New York and the Middle East. Here we look in particular at the transmedia representation of his encounter with refugees and local population around the Mediterranean Sea — from Greece to Turkey and Palestine — and argue that it displays the characteristics of the realist method as defined by Raymond Williams in his 1977 Lecture on Realism (Williams 1977).

Authors Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio
Language English
Subjects social sciences
cultural studies
Institute/School SHSS - School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Date 17 February 2017
Event Title Workshop: "Landscapes of Realism"
Event Location School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
Event Dates 17 and 18 February 2017
Depositing User Dr. Giorgio Strafella
Date Deposited 18 Sep 2017 13:16
Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 15:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251728

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Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio: The Transmedia and Transcultural Hyperrealism of Ai Weiwei’s Digital Communication. 2017. - Workshop: "Landscapes of Realism". - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.

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