Carolyn Guertin & Katherine Jin, Wandering Meimei / Meimei Liu Lang Ji i

Bio

Carolyn Guertin is a scholar, teacher and new media artist. She is a Senior Researcher in the Augmented Reality Lab in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto and a faculty member in the MFA and PhD programs in New Media at Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany. She has been creating born-digital art since the mid-90s. She was curator of Assemblage: The Women’s New Media Gallery, the first all-women gallery of born-digital art, from 1999-2005. Her three-channel digital video installation, Dorothy’s Mirror (created with Katherine Jin), was exhibited at galleries in Canada and the U.S. in 2012.

Katherine Jin is a visual artist and designer. Her artistic practice focuses on digital media, interactive design, photography, and video. She has illustrated a children’ book called Sam and Nate, worked as a freelance designer for major arts organizations like Harbourfront in Toronto, and for universities in the U.S. Her most recent gallery show was for a three-channel video installation called Dorothy's Mirror (with Carolyn Guertin). She has degrees in Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in New Media Design from Sheridan College, and an MFA in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas where she majored in Photography and Design-Based Media.

Description

Wandering Meimei / Meimei Liu Lang Ji is a bilingual interactive fiction app designed for mobile interfaces for the Chinese market. This story is an intertext to the traditional Chinese comic strip, Sanmao Liu Lang Ji (Wandering Sanmao), a homeless boy. Meimei, meaning little sister, is an allegorical character and contemporary representation of the largest migrant population the world has ever seen: the migrant female factory worker. Through the app, you can make contact with the character Meimei who works in a smartphone factory in the Pearl River Delta city Guangzhou. Meimei's only technology and access point to the outside world is through her own phone. The social media hub and interface enable you to enter and become a part of Meimei's story. 

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2014
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