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Luke made this video about musician Abigail Washburn, who travels back to Sichuan a year after the earthquake to make music with the local kids:
In May 2008 an earthquake devastated Sichuan province in China, killing tens of thousands and leaving millions homeless. To commemorate the one year anniversary of this tragedy, musicians Abigail Washburn and Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project traveled to Sichuan to make music with children who survived the earthquake and their parents. Using folk songs sung by the children as well as sounds of their parents rebuilding their houses with bricks and mortar, Abby and Dave created a unique musical soundscape, and this video shows how the whole process unfolded in March, 2009.
We saw Suitman in Hong Kong and stopped by the studio where Young was putting the finishing touches on his mobile DJ system. The idea is to wheel the appropriately high-tech contraption out to various neighborhoods for impromptu music sessions. An entourage of fans and bodyguards will no doubt be present.
Subtle and unassuming Suitmen International entryway.
In front of the soon-to-be-mobile music setup.
Finding a lovely spot at the end of the hall in the photo studio we were shooting in.
The view from the window. I used a photoshop filter to get rid of some of the grayness, and the city looks a little bit European from this angle (ignore Pudong Tower in the back).
A rare, unexpected and altogether fantastic glimpse of a half-man, half-bear (Manbear? Bearman?) outside of the film studio. I think he knew I was on to him by the way he scurried onto the bus and slammed the door behind him.
The food in Shanghai never fails to deliver.
Duncan Jepson’s new documentary focuses on China’s established and emerging hip-hop artists and their impact on youth culture and culture at large.
Lin Yan’s opening of works inspired by Barack Obama.
This Nation, 2008, Chinese paper, ink and plexiglass.
Brick by Brick, 2008, Chinese paper, ink and plexiglass
YB Box was directed by Liu Feng of WK Shanghai. The film documents the development of competitive beat boxing in the city of Yanji in northern China and will appear at the 2009 Canadian International Film Festival.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 1983
Flea Market at Union Square. 1987
Chen Kaige. 1985
Before he was a superstar artist and architect, Ai Wei Wei spent ten years in New York City, photographing his friends and capturing everything he saw.
Ai Weiwei on his NYC photos:
These photos were taken between 1983 and 1994 during the decade I spent living in New York before returning to Beijing. At that time, I didn’t really have anything to do. I was just hanging out, whiling away my time everyday by taking pictures of the people I met, places I went, my friends, my neighborhood, the street and the city.
In a flash twenty years have past, and the New York I knew no longer exists. The appearance of the East Village has totally changed, and many of the people in my photographs are no longer in this world. I took these photos casually, and most of my subjects probably don’t even realize that they are in them. Today, looking back on the past, I can see that these photographs are not true anymore. After all, any reality is just a fact of change – an unconfirmed moment in the slow march of time. The present always surpasses the past, and the future will not care about today.
What drives me to organize and publish these photographs is not nostalgia, for I believe that past occurrences do not matter much. We are not destined to meet those whom we’ve met, and humans are by nature lonely. Rather, the photos themselves are concrete objects that form a kind of orderly arrangement despite their free-floating nature as disassociated images on photo paper. The specific people and things involved, including my own past, are not important anymore.
Life in the past fifty years has been much like a falling leaf with no goal or direction. In the end, however, the leaf will land in some corner. The images’ appearance and order are much like this. They are disorganized, but paths of thought appear that seem most clear when the photos are all mixed up.
Today, I still always have a camera in my hand, accustomed as I am to the click of the shutter. What I should explain though, is that I am not interested in photography, and don’t really care about the subjects of my photos. In the end, they are part of a different reality than that of my own existence. Every time I look at these photographs, I always discover that there is more strangeness in them than familiarity.
A selection of Ai Wei Wei’s photos are being exhibited at Three Shadows in Beijing through April 2009.
All images courtesy of Three Shadow Photography, Beijing
Kwun Tong is an industrial neighborhood on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbor — a long way from the galleries clustered near Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road. I have a feeling that this choice of location was intended to put both physical and symbolic distance between Osage Gallery and the oft-underwhelming work on display across the water. The space can be a bit difficult to locate, but if you stand around near the loading dock on the ground floor looking uncertain, you’ll be pointed to the freight elevator and taken up to the fifth floor. Currently on display is the photographic work of Jiang Zhi and a group show titled Site:Seeing.
View from the street.