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.
Summer is coming and it is time to think about the right beachwear. This year the New York Times has been inspired by the Chinese fashion world. There is a trend towards wearing a mask. »With the pursuit of that age-old aesthetic ideal at odds with the fast-growing interest in beachgoing and other outdoor activities, Chinese women have come up with a variety of ways to reconcile the two.« the writer lets us know.
All images copyright by The New York Times Company.
Nice project from China: »The China Environmental Protection Foundation developed an outdoor campaign, displayed on the street, to creatively promote this message. They decided to leverage a busy pedestrian crossing; a place where both pedestrians and drivers meet.
The campaign involved laying a canvas 12.6 metres long by 7 metres wide on the ground, thus covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. On either side of the road, beneath the traffic lights, were placed sponge cushions soaked in green, environmentally friendly, washable paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they stepped on the green sponge, thus leaving green foot imprints on the canvas of the tree. Each „green“ footprint on the canvas looked like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.«
Like a camouflage fish out of water: Liu Bolin masters the art of optical illusion more than any other. Specially the third picture is puzzling.