Media and audience

I place my works in a repetitive way, so as to show the repeatability of information in the era of consumerism. For the background, I design the traditional Chinese pattern to show the social media blindly caters to the current audience’s emotions and psychology for its own interests. All words and pictures are replaced by the same pattern.The media use exaggerated words to win the attention of readers. Images can often catch the reader’s attention. What I want to explore is the impact of the interaction between words and images on readers.

Fanfan Zhang, Media and audience series ( The left one: Information, The right top:Hide,The right bottom:Limit) , 2021, Digital, each of them is 15.52 x 15.52 in. 

We lost ourselves unconsciously in a large number of public voices. Through photoshop, I drew a frightened woman. Although she was twisted, we can still see her red lips. She is unconsciously advertising for the lipstick.We have been distracted and manipulated by information.The work aims to make people realize the importance of self and don’t ignore their own ideas because of other comments.

The American flag is a symbol that we can often see. It’s a sign known to the public.By combining painting with these repetitive patterns, I want the viewer to think about the relationship between media and audience. And what role we play in it. Are we lost in those information?

Repetitive information appears in newspapers. And we’re snooping behind the newspapers. We are usually attracted by the title or image and we don’t care about the content. The purpose of this work is to make people think about the way they receive information.

Fanfan Zhang, Media and audience seriesLost, Video, 2021

In this short video, I created a terrible atmosphere. The words were crossed out by red lines and the girl covered her ears with her hands. She lost herself in the words. Words have a great impact on our lives. These words come from the voices of all sectors of society, or the evaluation of others, or our own evaluation of ourselves.Many times, the information given to us in the media is not real information, but what they want us to see. This information may be to attract attention, it may be to let us buy products. What this work wants to express is that we should listen to our hearts and not be kidnapped by these messages.