Chinese visual artist Ai Weiwei is channeling his pent up rage with music. Much like American gangster rap artists, the 55-year-old decided to write his angsty first album after being unfairly imprisoned for 81 days back in 2011. The music video for Dumbass recreates the very cell he was trapped in for so many days. Wievei describes the […]
We’ll admit that we have a juvenile sense of humour. But, come on, how can you look at this handy list with phonetic translations of English phrases to, er, what looks Chinese — and not find it funny? We can vouch that the translations work just fine.
Inspired by traditional Chinese paintings of landscapes and nature, Yao Lu photographed a decidedly unnatural subject — moulds of trash and gravel swathed in green netting — and manipulated them digitally to look like mountainous landscapes, clouds lolling by and all. Quite splendid.
Traditional Chinese brushpaintings are usually predictable in the sense that the strokes of watercolour usually etch out a poetic scene from nature of some sort, like twigs, or birds. Which is why this particular Chinese brush painting with aliens of the Ridley Scott variety has deservedly made the rounds on our social media feeds all […]
Chinese photographer Huang Qingjun travels to remote parts of China, where he somehow gets its dwellers — many of whom are impoverished — to excavate all their material belongings out of their residences before posing for portraits with the objects. To date, he has traveled to 14 of China’s 33 provinces to shoot the project. Powerful stuff.
Qingsong Wang is a Chinese contemporary artist who works with photography and video on an EPIC scale. His enormous depictions speak to the socio-economic climate of his rapidly metamorphosing home country. Ive been following him over the years and always end up rediscovering how absolutely amazing his works are.
This beautiful series of paintings by Chinese artist Lu Xinjian re-imagines cities as abstract artworks inspired by Google Earth’s aerial views. The colors of the each painting represents their respective national flags. Very trippy, yet so very beautiful.
The Haw Par Villa gardens rate highly on my list as one of the most banal and kitschiest places I have been to in my life. One of the highlights of this Chinese-mythology theme park is its gory ten courts of hell. Flickr user, HUANG, however, somehow manages to transform the place from campy to cool with his awesome infrared shots.
Documentarian Jehane Noujaim and TED have teamed up for a rather ambitious film and media event called Pangea Day on May 10th. The conference-film festival invites both amateur and professional filmmakers to submit short films.