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Best Gifts Ever

January 31, 2008

Some things that my co-workers made for me.

This was embroidered by hand by the girlfriend of one of the Can-lab guys, Jia Ding. It’s got all of my favorite things, like pandas, Olympic rings, a golf club and something he said was “from outer space.”

Liuyi aka Stopnow found a blank tissue box and hand drew a view from her desk at the office onto it. This is so I won’t forget what it was like here.

Marcus hand painted this doll and signed the back.

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We Love Beijing

January 30, 2008

We love it here because there are impressive architectural feats like the Temple of Heaven structure. It’s looking shiny and new after its million dollar renovation and we’re lucky to be tourists in our own city.

On the same trip, we remarked on the ingenuity of Beijing entrepreneurs with their new technique of making phone number stencils. Phone numbers touting services as diverse as construction work and personal massages are usually written on the city’s walls by hand. They are removed daily by legions of sanitation workers, thus giving them a rather short media life span. This clever person has subverted that by simply making a stencil that he can re-use quickly and easily.

And finally, a wonderful sign that uses the word “decoration” to stand in for “renovation.”

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Re-TROS! Live!

January 29, 2008

We’d never actually seen Re-TROS (Re-establishing the Rights of Statues and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) play live but we’d heard a lot about them from our friend Damon, who’s been extolling the band’s virtues for several months now. We finally had the chance the other night at one of Beijing’s most popular live venues, the Mao Livehouse. One of the more established indie bands in Beijing, the three-piece had the place packed with their biggest fans. They sounded great and we were pleased to hear a few Bauhaus covers towards the end!

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Big Bang Beijing. The lecture

January 28, 2008

Our friend Andre was recently invited to the influential Beijing art book store Timezone 8 to present a lecture on his most recent book project, Big Bang Beijing. We showed up to support him.

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January 26, 2008

You never realize how nice the pedestrian subways are until it’s late at night and they are starkly empty, clean and kind of beautiful.

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798 in winter

January 20, 2008

It’s freezing here, but we managed to head out to 798 to have a look at some art. First stop, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects for a group show.

The highlight of the show were these massive rolling characters. The second character is “person.” I don’t know what the first one says, but I liked the idea of movable characters.

Joe contemplating some nudes.

Galleries popping up all over the place. Old ones go and new ones take their place so seamlessly here. We noticed that they kept the tree intact and built around it.

An interesting self-portrait by the artist Xia Xiaowan, using transparent glass panels placed one behind the other to produce a three dimensional effect. Slightly morbid.

Michelangelo Pistoletto installation at Galleria Continua involving reams of corrugated cardboard and a mirrored box at the end of the maze.

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Tuzki, the magic bunny

January 19, 2008

Our latest project at work centers around a white bunny called Tuzki. He’s an animated Chinese superstarwho shows up mostly in msn chat emoticons. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Tuzki plush head for some office good times.

Dave as Tuzki

Rabbit in profile.

Girl Tuzki

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January 8, 2008

Funny – spent the past two weeks in Seattle and Portland visiting family and I only picked up the camera a few times. I guess I had my hands wrapped around a coffee cup the rest of the time. Or maybe it was the perpetual rain.

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