Samantha Culp

Year of the Horse at LA Art Book Fair

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New Territories Studio will be participating in the second annual LA Art Book Fair by Printed Matter from January 31-February 2, with a selection of Chinese zines, art books and indie publishing. In a stroke of synchronicity, the fair happens to coincide with the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year – extra auspicious, which is why we’re calling our table Year of the Horse. Please stop by and celebrate by buying some books! More information below:

Year of the Horse by New Territories Studio
For the 2014 LA Art Book Fair, Shanghai-based curatorial platform New Territories Studio presents a vibrant selection of materials from China’s current indie publishing scene. In collaboration with leading Chinese zine publishers, we will showcase a diverse array of zines, artist books, experimental comics and small-run journals, many of which have never been shown internationally before. We hope to not only show but contextualize this emerging movement in China’s contemporary art/design world, and spur more exchange between Chinese zinemakers and their overseas counterparts.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2014
January 31- February 2, 2014
Opening: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6–9 pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles

Hours and Location:
The LA ART BOOK FAIR is free and open to the public.
Opening: Thursday, January 30, 6–9 pm
Friday, January 31, 11 am-5 pm
Saturday, February 1, 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 2, 12 pm–6 pm

Venue:
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
moca.org

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For more information, email: samantha@newterritories.org

Under Permanent Construction

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Like the Chinese urban landscape outside my window, my online presence seems to be under permanent construction. For the moment, here is some stuff:

CURRENT UPDATES
Recent bio is here

New Territories Studio is the umbrella for my current and ongoing projects, click here for more info, and here to subscribe to the newsletter

For random field notes from the URL wilderness, my Twitter, Tumblr, and Weibo.

For the corporate-friendly version of myself, my LinkedIn.

CURRENT/RECENT PROJECTS

POV by P.I.G. –
A new blog and online platform about moving images & digital creativity in/around China that I am launching in collaboration with a small media production studio in Shanghai, check it out here

Impakt Festival 2012 “No More Westerns” –
A media arts festival that I recently co-curated in Utrecht, Netherlands, info here – and to see our ongoing web platform exploring the topic, click here

Tulou Open House 2012 –
The inaugural site-specific residency and creative conference I co-curated this June in a traditional earthen house in Fujian province, info here

“Paper Instinct” –
A project exploring indie publishing & artists’ books in China which kicked off at Beijing Design Week 2012, as a collaboration between Beijing design studio JOYNVISCOM, New Territories Studio, Bananafish Books and others, more info here

Democracy and Penguins – Hong Kong 15 Years Later

“北極有企鵝,香港有民主” – “The North Pole has Penguins, Hong Kong has Democracy” –
(note: this joke only makes sense if you remember that only the South Pole has penguins…)

I forgot that these DIY-stencil magnets, ordered back in 2009 from a fellow friend of iconic HK indie band My Little Airport, were still on my old water-dispenser in Beijing, until I stumbled across them again today of all days.

Reading updates on today’s events from friends currently in Hong Kong (especially the Twitter reportage of Robin Peckham and Facebook photos from/of artist Kacey Wong), it makes me wish I could be there today. In lieu of that, I’ll post the essay I wrote five years ago for Purple Journal about July 1st 2007, the 10th anniversary of the handover. Though always cringe-inducing to revisit one’s old writing, perhaps it’s one small snapshot of where things were five years ago. It seems we can barely imagine what 2017 will bring.

An excerpt:

In the boiling park along with assorted artists and friends, Hong Kongers and foreigners both, we begin our march. We head West along Hennessy Road toward Central. I have never walked so far in Hong Kong before. Sometimes we are held up a long time behind the Falun Gong groups, who stop to do little dances or musical numbers with traditional Chinese drums, but that’s okay. We are in a sea of people: though the police, of course, estimate the turn-out at 20,000, the organizers put it at 68,000, and by the endless crowd, that number doesn’t seem impossible. We walk, and walk, and keep walking, holding our artist-made banners in the midst of all kinds of banners, watching the police watch us from the sidelines. Hu Jintao apparently knows about the protest, and while he’s not here, has approved of it on the grounds of the “civil order” of Hong Kong people. Today he is in Happy Valley Race Course, watching the “horses keep running”[1 马照跑] in a CCP-approved gala spectacle (pop stars, synchronized dance moves, official speeches, confetti). But Hong Kong’s people are here. The marchers keep marching.

(Read the full 2007 essay “Expiration Dates” here)

香港加油!

Tulou Open House – Preview Event in Hong Kong

In case you’re in Hong Kong, for ARTHK or otherwise, please stop by the Tulou Open House preview event on May 14 – this project has been in the works for quite a while, and we’re very excited to finally share it. Official press release to follow.

Tulou Open House: Project Preview in Hong Kong
Monday, May 14, 3 – 5pm
Afterschool Cafe
2/F, 17 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣恩平 道17號2樓
RSVP to Samantha Culp, samantha@newterritories.org

This Monday, please swing by Afterschool Cafe for a preview of the Tulou Open House project 2012 – a temporary, site-specific creative experiment and mini-conference taking place this June at a traditional Tulou (round earthen house) in Fujian Province. During this open-ended “expedition”, a diverse group of artists and scholars from greater China will explore the structure, symbolism, and everyday life of the Tulou as a laboratory for new projects and collaborations, a fresh lens for the concept of creative community, and a potential site for expansive future projects at the Tulou and beyond. The event will culminate in a public “Open House” event on the weekend of June 8-10, which is open to visitors and the local community alike, and will stage a program of talks, screenings, workshops, performances, guided tours, and artistic interventions.

On Monday, organizers Dana Wu (Friends of the Tulou) and Samantha Culp (New Territories Studio) will present an overview of the project, discuss its background and goals, and lead a conversation with HK-based Tulou participants and others who might like to join or learn more.

>>> QUESTIONS/CONTACT/MEDIA — 问题/联系/媒体 <<< EMAIL: tulouopenhouse2012@gmail.com TUMBLR: tulouopenhouse.tumblr.com

Rockers & Romancers

Just a little sonic something for Valentine’s Day: “Rockers & Romancers,” a mix of luscious, vintage Jamaican rocksteady and soul. Lovingly collected by L.A. musician Spencer Dunham (of The Allah-lahs, another great recent discovery) when he was working the discount reggae bins at Amoeba Records, these tracks are a subdued tropical caress to a fevered or broken heart. Extra reverb makes them extra dreamy. Preview Tony Gregory’s stunning “Human” here – which at first sounds like it could be a rework of “Moon River” or “Sleepwalk” but then turns into something beautiful and new:

Human – Tony Gregory

Download the compilation here: Rockers & Romancers

Two bonus tidbits:

“The Bus Driver’s Face” – a short, mysterious Valentine’s Day story in translation from Jing Xianghai (鯨向海), Taiwanese poet, essayist and psychiatrist (via Asymptote Journal)

– A campy cover of The Cure’s classic “Lovesong,” as performed in a Bangkok bathtub by the effortlessly-fabulous Gene Kasidit (formerly of Bangkok’s defunct electro sensation Futon)

Let’s Do This

Seems like en route to Russia is as good a time as any to restart this. давай!

Leica x Swire Hotels Photo Contest: Beijing/HK


(by Madi Ju)

It’s not too late to submit your most striking snapshots of Beijing or Hong Kong to the Leica x Swire Hotels photography contest. Organized by my frequent collaborator Juliana Loh, the project invited four of greater China’s most talented young photographers (my friends Madi Ju and Xue Tan among them) to shoot Swire’s main hotels in Beijing and HK – the Opposite House and Upper House, respectively. They will then be judging public photo submissions for prizes like Leica cameras and hotel stays. Also important to note: “Entries from all over the world are accepted as long as they fit into the theme shot in Beijing or Hong Kong, photos do not have to be taken with a Leica Camera.”

Full details here and on their Facebook page, and hurry up to get your snaps in by November 30.

Terms and conditions:
-One photo entry per person, 300dpi, 1280 x1024, send to leicaphotos@swirehotels.com
-Name + email address + contact number + Facebook / 微博 username.
-Photos have to be taken in either Beijing or Hong Kong under respective city’s themes.


(by Xue Tan)

(by Han Chao)

(by Mandy Yeung)

View the full set here

Border Studies Tumblr for Rapidfire Visual Inspiration

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Announcing “Border Studies“, a haphazard collection of visual inspiration from New Territories Studio. While the more formal New Territories blog/site is still under construction, check here for fragments pulled from the lucid dreaming experience that is Tumblr in 2011.

Threads: Asia, art, landscapes, cultural remixing, the aesthetics and problematics of exploration, absurd and arresting images

See it here.

Mild Gathering – Madi Ju & friends exhibition in Shanghai

Madi Ju has brought “Wild Gathering” to Shanghai but it is now a “Mild Gathering” – in the wake of recent bleak times in Japan, Yunnan, Beijing and beyond. Let’s gather, mildly, for some beautiful photographs and humble creations from Madi and friends, from April 7 at Aegis shop in Shanghai.

MILD GATHERING – art, music, photo, conversations
6-9pm, April 7th
at our friend Winston’s shop – Aegis
777 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu, Shanghai
5403 9869

Featuring photographers Madi Ju and Peter Sutherland, and Japanese fashion designer Hiro Sawatari

MILD GATHERING

3 friends
3 professions
3 countries
3 exhibition parties

Closely linked by photography, music, art, design and now – some sadness about Japan, China and Thailand earth quakes and their people’s difficulties and pains.

3 shows will happen in 3 years…

Show 2010 was Wild Gathering in Beijing, 350 people attended our party, we partied happy and wild, looked at artworks, listened to our djing, spoke about everything and nothing.

and as were planning show number 2 in Shanghai – Wilder Gathering on April 7th, because of the sadness and grey mood around us, we have decided to continue, not call it Wilder, but simply call it MILD GATHERING.

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Talent Scout at Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai

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Recently I became the “creative talent scout” for Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai – their first in this somewhat bizarre-sounding role, I believe. I’ll be helping to expand W+K’s network of emerging Chinese talent and pool of creative collaborators (with an emphasis on China, but also across Asia and internationally).

I’ll also be curating an events program in our office here, open to the Shanghai creative community at large, to bring in cross-disciplinary inspiration and strengthen W+K Shanghai as a local creative hub.

See the full announcement here, and see you around – I will be the one with binoculars “scouting” high and low!

Modernist Ghana: Sound and Vision

Design Observer takes a look at the relics of tropical modernist architecture in Ghana with the subtly beautiful slideshow “Listening There: Scenes from Ghana“. Authors Mabel O. Wilson, and Peter Tolkin traveled through the country in 2008, documenting the surviving architecture of the post-colonial period (starting in the late 1940s). See the slideshow and read the full article below.

“These mid-century buildings were mostly modernist, designed by architects from Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Lebanon, Italy and Ghana; they had been reviewed in contemporary architectural publications, as part of a lively debate on what became known as “Tropical Modernism.” Until recently, their legacy had all but disappeared from the historical canon; and with their absence we’ve failed to understand how critical the African continent was to the discourse of modernism. Our trip was motivated by a desire to see how these buildings had fared in the half century since their construction, and to explore how they functioned in today’s increasingly urban and global contexts…”

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Electro-classical Fantasy Concerts by Hyejung Bae

A lovely series of posters by designer Hyejung Bae (Korean-born, Los Angeles-based) – they advertise imaginary concerts of electronic musicians playing classical composers, such as Kraftwerk/Mozart, YMO/Beethoven, and Pet Shop Boys/Haydn.

“hyejungbae says:

the concert is my imagination,
not happened

thank you”

See her more of her work here (via Dangerous Minds)

Yo Yo Ma is Cool

From the annals of unexpected graffiti, this gem. (via Eyeteeth)

Rangha – Abbas Kiarostami on Color for Children

The fabulous Belog site has unearthed this great early 1976 short of Abbas Kiarostami, entitled “Rang-ha” (“Colors” in Persian). As the title suggests, “by showing a series of different-coloured objects, the film aims to familiarize very young children with the various colours, and ends with a shot of a blackboard, a symbol of learning.” (From the film’s Wikipedia synopsis) For those of us who already know our colors, it’s just fun to watch a world-class auteur bring his A-game to what is essentially a Sesame Street segment.

In related news, this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival features a special retrospective of Kiarostami, and I was honored to write the catalogue notes for this program. See more details here, and below:

“The 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival will screen Kiarostami’s latest work – Certified Copy, a romantic story between a British writer (William SHIMELL) and a French woman (Juliette BINOCHE) in Italy. Certified Copy competed for the Palme d’Or at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, where Juliette BINOCHE was awarded the Best Actress Award for her outstanding performance.

To celebrate the breakthrough that KIAROSTAMI has made in his latest production, HKIFF will present a selection of KIAROSTAMI’s films from different periods of time, offering the public an opportunity to review his classic productions over the past 40 years, including:

* The Bread and Alley (Noon va Koucheh) 1970
* The Traveller (Mosafer) 1974
* Where is the Friend’s Home? (Khane-ye doust kodjast?) 1987
* Homework (Mashgh-e Shab) 1989
* Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) 1990
* And Life Goes On… (Zendegi va digar hich) 1991
* Through the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) 1994
* Taste of Cherry (Ta’m-e gilass) 1997
* The Wind Will Carry Us (Bād mā rā khāhad bord) 1999
* ABC Africa 2001
* Ten (Dah) 2002
* Five (Panj) 2004
* 10 on Ten 2004
* Shirin 2008
* Certified Copy 2010”

Apidistrafly – New Music Video From Singapore Dronesters

Though the band Apidistrafly hails from Singapore, there’s no clue of their tropical island homeland in their latest music video, “Landscape with a Fairy.” Instead, the track off their upcoming release seems deeply influenced by their time spent in Japan – evoking the type of melancholy afternoon best spent in a Shimokitazawa cafe on the last day of autumn. For the new album, April Lee and Ricks Ang (the principals of Apidistrafly and also founders of the Kitchen Label) continue their longstanding collaboration with Japanese musicians/sound artists, in this instance featuring guests like Kyo Ichinose, Seigen Tokuzawa, haruka nakamura, and others, to create their trademark sound: a “flickeringly filmic mixture of ambient folk with gossamer-like vocal harmonies, guitar-based drone and environmental recordings wrapped in a delicate lo-fi haziness.”

The record/art-book looks like a beautiful object, featuring photographs and collages that explore imaginary landscapes such as “a secluded hilltop cottage, a forest hued in the splendor of autumn and distant, rocky shores.” I think we’ll see more Asia-based musicians creating unique physical manifestations of their albums, to supplement the disposability of download culture, and hopefully better sustain their creators. Some drones are too delicate for mere download.

Purchase/read more about the album here


Wisut Ponnimit on drawing manga in Japan


Thai comic/animation artist Wisut Ponnimit has become known for his love of Japan as much as his charming, deceptively simple drawing style. After gaining recognition for his surreal “hesheit” series begun in 1998, heavily influenced by 1970s manga, he eventually moved to Kobe to get closer to the source of his inspiration. It’s no surprise he was prominently featured in the 2008 Bangkok exhibition “Tomyam Pladib” (my Artforum review here), titled after an imaginary fusion of spicy soup and sushi, which showcased the intersection of Thai and Japanese creativity.


His recent solo exhibition “Time Lap Exhibition of Blanco” just closed in Shibuya, but Japan’s Hitspaper blog interviews him about the show and his current work here (Japanese-only). While wishing there was an English translation (as the blog did for their interview with John Woo here), it’s a quick introduction to his style, his thoughts on Thai creativity (with a mention for Uncle Boonmee), and he even recommends one of our favorite Bangkok bars, Shades of Retro.

Learn more about Wisut’s work on his website, follow his Twitter, check out his series of animated “short stories” for Audiotechnica here and see two of his great cartoons below – “Love Elevator” and “Tribute to Haruomi Hosono” (the great musician and founder of YMO)

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Vacant World, Jacks (1968)

A track for the impending autumn, from influential yet short-lived Japanese band Jacks. More on their history here.

“からっぽの世界”, ジャックス, 1968
(“Vacant World,” Jacks, 1968)

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Suitman Cycles through Beijing

The ubiquitous Suitman aka Young Kim has apparently been bicycling around Beijing and Shanghai on Diesel‘s dime. I’ve never quite understood the Suitman concept (especially as it borrows so heavily from Tseng Kwong Chi, has this ever been acknowledged?), but at this point he is a meme unto himself. The hardest-working brand ambassador in show business?

A funnier video here where the Diesel trunk turns into a sort of pop-up hawker-stand/DJ-booth/shell game, attracting the attention of the police.

More videos here, and on Suitman’s Think Silly blog
(via our friends at Theme Magazine)

Ruin Academy in Taipei, Architectural Research Center


“Without his ruins man is just a common ape.”

Ruin Academy is a new “cross-over architectural research center” in the urban center of Taipei, run by Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture (which used to be called Museum of Tomorrow), in cooperation with Finland-based Casagrande Laboratory.

“Ruin Academy is set to re-think the industrial city …. The research and design tasks move freely in-between architecture, urban design, environmental art and other disciplines of art and science within the general framework of built human environment… The Ruin Academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central Taipei. All the interior walls of the building and all the windows are removed in order to grow bamboo and vegetables inside the house. The professors and students are sleeping and working in mahogany made ad-hoc dormitories and have a public sauna in the 5th floor. All the building is penetrated with 6 inch holes in order to let “rain inside”. The Academy is viewed as an example or fragment of the Third Generation City, the organic ruin of the industrial city.”

Their upcoming workshop Urban Acupuncture from Oct 27-Nov 10 will extend their fieldwork into Taipei, “focusing in the research of the spontaneous community gardens and urban farms.”

See more photos, drawings, and their Facebook

(via Ouno blog)

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival / 中秋节快乐!

Creators Project Beijing (Vice + Intel)

From September 17-19, The Creators Project set up shop at Beijing’s 798 Art District for a grand finale to its multi-city international tour. The project is a collaboration of Vice and Intel to highlight young, global creators (much better term than “creatives” in my opinion) who work at the intersection of art and technology, via an extensive website and events in New York, London, Sao Paulo and Seoul. As the last stop, Beijing’s event featured art installations spread across 798 Art District, as well as workshops, film screenings, and a night of live performances from the likes of Sulumi, White+, New Pants, DJ Wordy, and Major Lazer.

In case you missed it, here are the Beijing-related posts on the blog, including mine:

Creators Project Kicks Off in Beijing

A Night of Neon, Beats, Fog & Some Major Lazer…

Peng Lei Speaks

Chirping with Joao Vasco Paiva

Travel back in time to have a peek at the Creators Project English Twitter and their Chinese-language Weibo

As photographer Matthew Niederhauser put it, “Hopefully we will see more specialized projects focusing on fringe media and artists with big corporate sponsorship behind it in the future. Gotta pay the bills somehow.”

Here’s a nice video from Matt that captures some of the madness:

Vice in Beijing: Creators Project – 798 Art District, Beijing, China – 2010/09/18 from Matthew Niederhauser on Vimeo.

More coverage:
Some fashionable snaps from Beijing Stylites:

Pang Kuan
Pang Kuan Smashing an Apple Monitor

At the Creators Project

Stylites at the Creators Project

Cold Couples
Cold Couples at Creators Project

Factory Boy
Factory Boy

Dispatch and live track from Pangbianr:

RETROS at Creators Project
<a href="http://radio.pangbianr.com/track/live-creators-project">Live @ Creators Project by pangbianr radio</a>

WHITE+, Re-TROS, and 新裤子 @ Creators Project 798 第一工厂

HO TZU NYEN: RECENT VIDEOS – Special Screening in Shanghai

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It’s a pretty insane week here in Shanghai, as the “back-to-school” activities of the artworld commence, but truly looking forward to an event I’ve helped organize for this Sunday evening: two recent works by Singaporean filmmaker Ho Tzu-Nyen, to be screened in association with my friends at Future Perfect, and hosted by the just-barely-soft-opened Shanghai branch of Café Sambal. (Many thanks to Cho Chong Gee of Sambal for graciously supporting the event!)

If you find yourself in Shanghai this Sunday, please do attend – it should be a relaxing, atmospheric end to a crazy week.

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Graphic Airlines solo show in Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based graffiti/illustration duo Graphic Airlines has a new show up at Above Second gallery in Hong Kong through Nov 18, featuring some interesting evolutions in their drawing style.

Triple Major shop opens in Beijing

Triple Major is an international creative studio that previously brought Project White T-shirt to Beijing – now they have opened their own boutique in a Dongcheng hutong. The eponymous shop is “disguised as a traditional Chinese medicine clinic” but will carry “avant-garde designs from international talents as an antidote to mainstream fashion’s erosion of individuality.” The 2nd floor and rooftop will host special exhibitions and events, including one by experimental designers Ffixxed (via Australia and Shenzhen) on Oct 29.

See full coverage by Beijing Stylites here and more about their opening flea market during the October holiday. More photos by proprietor Richie Chen here and some street style snapshots for Space 1520 LA.
Triple Major Studio site, their Facebook, and Weibo.

Location:

北京东城区宝钞胡同81号
81 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing

周二 – 周日,13:00-22:00
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 13:00-20:00

T: +86-010-84020763

Patrick Tsai “Hot Water” exhibition, closing Oct 2

Photographer Patrick Tsai has an exhibition of his typically striking work at Cultivate Gallery in Tokyo – unfortunately it’s closing on October 2, but the finissage party will feature a performance by Moon Mama, the solo project of Afrirampo‘s Pikachu. (Wish I could hop a plane to Narita just for that!)

HUH. Magazine recently interviewed Patrick about the show and his shooting process:

Q: You very rarely shoot landscapes without people and people are almost always the central focal point of your images. What is it about people you want to store on film?
A: People are more interesting than trees or buildings. I always thought that. Basically, I think travel photography tends to be boring. That’s why in the My Little Dead Dick series we didn’t really take photos of the exotic people around us when we traveled to Tibet and Nepal, but focused more on ourselves in these places, I think that’s what made those photos a little different. For “Hot Water”, I decided to try boring.

Read the full interview here, and more from interviewer Cameron Allan McKean here

More on the closing event here for folks in Tokyo…

Cultivate Hot Water Closing Party

Hot Water by Patrick Tsai : Closing Live Event!
Pikachu, the drummer of former Japanese band “Afrirampo”, will play an acoustic live at Cultivate gallery under her solo name “Moon Mama”. We hope that her intimate, raw performance accompanied with Patrick’s bright photos will leave you happily shaken. Enjoy!

10/02 (Saturday)
Doors Open 5:30/ Start 6:00
Ticket 800 yen (Reservation or Door)
Maximum Capacity: 25 people

Urban Wildlife in Beijing: The Mysterious Huang Shulang (黄鼠狼)


Several months ago, I saw some kind of furry, long-bodied creature dart under the bushes in an apartment complex in Haidian. A ferret? In Beijing? I even asked the gatekeeper of the complex, who insisted I had seen a cat. I also remembered some friends describing a strange “squirrel-like” animal native to Beijing – could this be it? Just a few nights ago, I spotted another one, ambling along in the street-light between some cars, and a bit of internet research seems to have solved the mystery. According to Danwei, what I saw was likely a huang shulang (黄鼠狼), aka the Yellow Weasel (or more technically the Siberian Weasel, mustela sibirica). They are still apparently quite common in Beijing, especially in the hutongs, and a sighting is considered either good luck or bad luck (depending, I think, on whether you raise chickens). I hope I’m lucky enough to see one again.

More: a video featuring both huang shulang and ferrets.

BER: Nail polish inspired by new Berlin airport

“BER” is a neon-coral shade of nail polish brought to you by edgy Berlin boutique No 74. More information via Feride Uslu’s blog for Colette:

“BER was thought up, created and curated by our good friends at No 74 Berlin (Torstrasse 74, you guessed it.) as a homage to our city and it’s new (under contraction) airport. We could not agree more! Even though we were strong opposers to the closure of THF, we now feel warmly for the new use of the terrain as a public park… hence our sympathy for BER! As an exclusive collaboration colour, BER is only available at No74…”

On a related note, the former Tempelhof airport is coming back to life in other ways, as Berlin’s largest public space. Read more at Abitare and Dossier Journal.

Melbourne Memories of Hong Kong Cinema’s Golden Age

Some fantastic posters on the Phantoms of Pulp blog from the 1980s/90s heyday of Hong Kong film, as experienced from Melbourne, Australia.

HK’s movie industry was so prolific during this period, the author tells us, that “…in Melbourne, the Chinese exhibitors’ solution was to rent additional screens from the English language chains (Hoyts and the Russell Cinemas chain, for example) to play their surplus. For a die-hard fan like myself, it was possible to see between four and eight new releases each week. I have strange memories of frantically driving into the city with my brother on two or three weeknights per week to catch releases that were guaranteed no more than a seven day theatrical run…”

More reveries here.

Freebird

Flying Bird from Samantha Culp on Vimeo.

New Territories (Under Construction)

Teaser for New Territories – experimental studio for research and production – full site coming soon (more…)