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Intelligence Squared Debate - Social Media is Killing Art
Intelligence Squared Annual Cultural Debate in Hong Kong


Social media is like fast food – rapidly consumed for instant gratification. No wonder social media demeans art. Artworks that instantly seduce online become tedious when contemplated over time in the flesh. Once art goes viral, it gains traction, particularly in the market, and becomes wrongly acclaimed. Museums may be keen to reach new audiences, but can great masterpieces really be appreciated on the miniature canvas of your mobile phone screen? Shrink art and you shrink its power – only a philistine would believe they've experienced an artwork without examining the deeper ideas, the painter’s brushstrokes or the sculptor’s fingerprints.

What stuffy nonsense, say digital art fans. Attacking social media is like attacking photography in the 19th century. The internet is the medium of the age. To ignore it is to turn your back on the future. For existing masterpieces, social media is the universal key to the world’s museums and galleries. No longer are works hidden away in dusty storage rooms in another country. Commercially, the online art market is estimated to have grown to $3.27 billion in 2016. At last, art has become truly democratic, open to all to view and buy.
Start Sales Date
18 Jan 2017 (Wed) at 10am
Event Nature
Live Debate (Conducted in English)
Programme Enquiry
6209 7957
Approx. 90mins
Promoter Name
Intelligence Squared

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  • This event is suitable for any age.
  • Free Seating
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  • To avoid delays in entering the venue and to ensure an enjoyable experience, all ticket purchasers are recommended to pick up their tickets at any HK Ticketing's outlets prior to the show day.
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  • This event ticket holder is entitled to a complimentary admission ticket to the Art Basel show in Hong Kong on Thur, Mar23. Please present this ticket on Mar23 at the Visitor’s Desk on Level 1 concourse (opposite Hall 1E of HKCEC) for redemption. First-come first-served basis. More info: artbasel.com
Date & Time
23 Mar 2017 (Thu) at 6:30pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Meeting Room N101 (Expo Drive Entrance)
Ticket Pricing
Standard: $300

Ticket price does not include customer service fee.