Samantha Culp

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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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)

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

Shimotakaido

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(Daido Moriyama, “How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido“, 1987)

Before I headed to Tokyo, I did a Google search for “Shimotakaido,” the neighborhood where my friend Patrick Tsai lives and where he was graciously allowing me to crash. One of the first results was this awesome 1987 photo-series by renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama – fitting, as Patrick is also a photographer and a big Moriyama fan.

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