Opening Tomorrow In Hong Kong…

Tomorrow evening Videotage, here in Hong Kong, will be premiering a new installation (titled: Web 2.0) and Fire Fox Plugin (titled: China Channel) by myself and Aram (in collaboration with Tobi, Michael, and Jamie).
Venue info here:
Exhibition: October Contemporary 2008 – SECOND LIFE
Opening: Oct 4 (Sat), 7-11pm
Exhibition Period: Oct 6 (Mon) to Nov 4 (Tue), 12nn-7pm
Address:
Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village
63 Ma Tau Kok Road
To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Project description and images below. Project page coming soon.




Web 2.0 is a gallery installation consisting of two internet enabled computers, a hacked mouse and keyboard, and a custom plugin for the popular (and free) Fire Fox web browser. Two computers are connected to a single keyboard and mouse allowing visitors to control both identical machines at the same time while using just a single input device. The only difference between the two internet terminals is their network connection; one machine is connected to the less restricted internet in Hong Kong, while the other is connected to the internet through a connection point in the mainland of China.
The Golden Shield Project (sometimes referred to as the the Great Fire Wall of China), censors content primarily by blocking IP addresses. The Internet police in China is estimated to contain over 30,000 workers, and is responsible for blocking content such as Tibetan independence, Taiwan independence, police brutality, the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989, freedom of speech, democracy, religion, and some international news.
The browser plugin used in the Web 2.0 installation will soon be available for public download on the web. Unlike many tools which enable Chinese people to freely surf the web via connections to computers outside of China, this plugin routes all internet traffic to computers on the inside of the Chinese firewall, allowing web surfers to experience an Internet identical to that of Chinese.