Photo Book by Juan I Jong via Jiazazhi.com

May 27, 2012

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http://blog.jiazazhi.com/2012/05/juan-i-jong/

You don’t need Chinese language skills to enjoy this collection of beautiful images from photographer Juan I Jong.

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Hou Hanru: Super Reality – NOWNESS

May 22, 2012

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Anyone who claims they’re  an artist, but isn’t interested in China is lying, delusional, or not an artist.

http://www.nowness.com/day/2012/5/15/2063/hou-hanru-super-reality

Hou Hanru knows more than you about the scene and gives us a few things to investigate.

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The History and Techniques of Napkin Folding

May 12, 2012

 

Fascinating!

Who would have of thought there was so much emphasis ever placed on napkin folding?
An enterprising artist could easily turn this knowledge into a piece (or pieces) on subjective identity and class structure.
Or just make something beautiful!

 The History and Techniques of Napkin Folding
(via Edible Geography)

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Gendjer2: Borderless Music

April 17, 2012

The world is a better place with music in it and this song in particular brightens my day. It’s apparently based on an older Indonesian political song, bu I haven’t been able to get any (detailed) info on that. I’d like to and, if that happens, I’ll update this post.

For now I’d like to present the latest single from my dear friend Filastine and his compadre Nova. Her voice plus his music equals stuck in my head. Gendjer2 ladies and gents and the rest of us from Filastine’s latest album, £00T. The whole thing is this good…

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“What Comes After The Hipster”

April 01, 2012

Zeynep Arsel, Assistant Professor of Marketing at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University:

I think seeing hipster as a narrative, rather than a distinct group of people, is a great way to understand how urban middle class identities are constructed and how postmodern class distinctions are established. The mythology of hipster is an extremely fragmented, occasionally contradictory, frequently derogatory narrative about a subculture that may or may not exist. But it doesn’t matter, because regardless, we are using this narrative to make sense (and express) our identities. By frequently othering hipsters as superficial trend-seekers that seem to do things “for the wrong reasons,” we are also authenticating our own acts that might actually mirror those of this group. Thus, a seemingly autoimmune reaction to our own consumption acts serves us to mark the boundaries of our more authentic identities from the other groups that we deem as more consumerist, superficial and inauthentic.

A really great collection of thoughts on Us vs Them… from,
http://flavorwire.com/269261/what-comes-after-the-hipster-we-ask-the-experts?all=1

 

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