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- The Beijing Caucus
Sexy Beiijing is an online TV show hosted by an American girl called Su Fei. It’s basically sociology meets Sex and the City, and mostly inlvolves Su Fei roaming the streets of Beijing asking local people for advice on how to find a man.
In this episode she’s looking for advice on who to vote for in the presidential primary.
- HOW TO NOT MAKE MONEY: good conversation with the head curator of Beijing’s first non-profit art center
One of the coolest things about being in Beijing at this point in history is watching the ways that the city processes the huge amounts of new cultural information that enter it each day. On its surface, Beijing’s cultural identity seems pretty fixed. It’s the PRC’s symbolic center, and it needs to look the part. But if you look below the surface, you see a city passionately seeking out and soaking in new forms of life and living. For the past few months, I’ve been interviewing some of the people who seem to be at the front of this process. I’ll post up some my favorites as time goes by.
For the second installment, here is a conversation I had last week with Colin Chinnery, the deputy director and head curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art , China’s first not-for-profit art center. As you’ll see, the project is blazing several trails at the same time….
“I think, without a doubt, there is not single person in this team who has had this amount of freedom, or could possibly expect to have anything like this amount of freedom in an institution in the West.”
“It’s a little bit like social engineering.”
“This money from the market and the speculators is a tidal wave, and a hell of a lot of artists are going to be washed out to sea.”
“The French called the Americans and the Americans called the Chinese, and both the French and Americans said, ‘This has to come down!’”
- Shameless Plug
[image courtesy of buttbling.com]
In the words of R Kelly, “usually I don’t do this, but uh…..” there’s a couple of projects that I’m involved in coming out, so I thought why not give them a little push here…
My friends Andre and Hiro just released Big Bang Beijing – a collection of photos of China’s rapidly mutating capital city along with essays from guests on subjects like propaganda, leisure, demolition, and enlightenment. Most of the images are from 2004ish to 2006ish, making the book a kind of amazing time capsule, since the city is already pretty radically different just a couple years later.
Here’s a few sample spreads…
And now that I’m on a roll, I also want to big up “The World of Madelon Vriesendorp” a collection of the work of my mf’n heart Maddie showing at the AA in London til February 8.
Check out James Westcott’s review of the show here. If you’re in London, check it out. I wish I could.
UPDATE: Listen to Maddie’s presentation at the exhibition opening here:
- MLK Day with DJ Pope
Thru ipod shuffle I recently rediscovered a great Martin Luther King tribute mix by DJ Pope. It’s taken from his Deeper Shade of Midnight radio show, and sets MLK speeches to funky house to awesome effect.
It’s from a few years ago, but it sounds as good to me today as ever, and I think that deserves a tribute of its own. Today being the good reverend’s birthday and all, it seems like the right day for that…
DJ Pope – Martin Luther King Day Tribute
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