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


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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HO TZU NYEN: RECENT VIDEOS – Special Screening in Shanghai


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.



Flying Bird from Samantha Culp on Vimeo.

The World of Already (Shanghai Expo Opens)

Mexico Pavilion

“It returns the child’s eye to the retinas of men. Emerging from subway, [taxi] or even hydrofoil, the visitor to the [Shanghai Expo 2010] feels that he is in a special world, full of runaway pylons, impossible cantilevers, and buildings that look like flowers or accidents of flowing lava.

Is it the future? Not exactly.”

This John McPhee surveying the 1964 New York World’s Fair in his essay “Fairs: The World of Already,” but he could just have equally been describing the Shanghai Expo. Some photos from the still-unfolding, barely-comprehensible spectacle.

Slideshow of May 1 (on Flickr):

Slideshow of May 2 (on Flickr):

Free Lighters

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At Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport, there are now baskets of free lighters to greet arrivals passengers who undoubtedly had their lighters confiscated before their flight. I had a hard time choosing, but finally settled on a hot pink clear one inscribed with the legend, “punchtobacco”.

Shanghai Pups

Spotted near Huaihai Lu on an autumn afternoon.


These little guys appeared to be informal ambassadors for the upcoming 2010 Shanghai Expo… way cooler than the dreaded Haibao.

Shanghai Pups (上海小狗) from Samantha Culp on Vimeo.

Shanghai Style

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My rambling notes from the week of SHContemporary are up at Artforum China; read the full article online here or in the vault. They didn’t end up using all of my pictures, however, so here are a few extras below…


midnight at 10am


Where was I during the longest and most complete solar eclipse of my lifetime? On the Bund, in a rainstorm. If we didn’t see the sun, at least we saw the darkness.