Cultural critic Samantha Culp joins technologist and author An Xiao Mina to discuss her new book, “Memes to Movements.” The book presents a global exploration of internet memes as agents of pop culture, politics, protest and propaganda, both on- and offline, and how they will save or destroy us all. At a time when sociopolitical movements are growing more complex and open-ended — and when governments are learning to wield the internet as effectively as protestors — Mina brings a fresh, innovative take to the media discourse.
A book signing immediately follows the program. Copies of “Memes to Movements” will be available for purchase at the museum store.
An Xiao Mina is an American technologist, researcher and artist. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S. and around the world and her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Quartz, The Economist, New York Magazine, Refinery29 and Hyperallergic. A research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and product director at the technology company Meedan, her home is wherever the Wi-Fi is.
Samantha Culp is a writer, producer and strategist based in Los Angeles after many years in greater China. Her work examines the changing flows of global culture, creative economies and new narrative forms. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, The Atlantic and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. She is a co-founder of CultureTM, a platform exploring brands as cultural patrons and is currently producing a documentary series for Netflix about wrongful convictions.