Don’t expect the song of the year. Besides being very entertaining, this video contains the first musical output of chinese superstar Ai Weiwei, a very ironic metal track well beyond the pain threshold. The clip is about his time in detention and shows him being escorted and searched by prison guards, shaving his head, applying lipstick and donning a dress. Song by Ai Weiwei with music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle.
Spanish photographer Álvaro Escobar has crafted a powerful series called »Censored«, a visual metaphor for China’s strict censorship of media, political parties, religious organizations and other social movements and mass organisations. The complete series is available here.
All images © Alvaro Escabar.
»You made my day« is a compilation of experimental works by Jessica Schäfer realized within the first three weeks of 2011 (one per day). »It was an attempt to approach my creative potential in a rather spontaneous, less elaborate way«, she lets us know. You can see the results on her blog or watch the following three videos, so far my favorites.
The ideas are simple, yet ingenious! Brad Downey is a Readymade maniac and the king of urban interventions, light and playful and mostly with a dash of fun and irony. You can spend hours and days looking at the fine details that make him so special. And yes his homepage has recently been updated. Find some good words written by Jennifer Thatcher and watch out for his book called »Spontaneous Sculptures« released in September 2011.
All images © Brad Downey