Come join us for the first Lunch Talk in 2017!

Artist-researcher, Winnie Soon will give a Talk on digital surveillance in China: From the Great Firewall to the social credit system.


Date Tue 24 Jan
Time 12:00 13:00
Location AU DataLab (CAVI), Aabogade 34D bldg. 5345 8200


As part of the Great Firewall of China, the Golden Shield Project, a massive surveillance and censoring system was initiated in the 1990s in China. The recent running of China’s social-credit system assigns a ‘social credit’ rating to every citizen based on their professions, social behaviours, online shopping habits and many others. This credit scoring system will collect data points through algorithms and big data analysis, which connects to the entire reward and punishment system. This presentation will discuss the Golden Shield Project and its relation to the latest social credit system. Few artistic and journalistic digital projects will be presented to examine how creativity could emerge from and through this highly controlled digital environment and how citizens may work against the internet censorship.


Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. Her works examine network culture and computational processes, which take the form of interactive & network installations, webpages, digital prints and academic publications. Winnie’s artworks are often perceived in the areas of software/net/media art, and her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at galleries, art events, universities and conferences, including but not limited to Transmediale2015/2017, ISEA2015/ 2016, V&A Museum, Si Shang Art Museum, Microwave International Media Arts Festival, FutureEverything Art Exhibition, Taipei National University of Arts and The University of Hong Kong. Winnie is currently completing a PhD at The Center for Participatory IT (School of Communication and Culture) in Aarhus University, researching the materialist framework of liveness in contemporary software culture. More info:

The talk will be in English – don’t forget to bring your own lunch, coffee or whatever you prefer.

Book a seat by sending an email to no later than 20. January subject: ”Lunch Talk Winnie Soon”

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