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thoughts on “of a piece”

My thoughts on “of a piece”. Like Zhang Kaiqin’s thoughts, this essay was originally published in Chinese and was written for our WeChat public forum.

最近在东湖的深圳美术馆举办的名为“温度”艺术展上,“握手302”策展团队受邀创作和展出了一个作品“还没定”。这个作品是以“握手302”一贯的创作策略,用社交的方式请所有愿意参与的朋友共同完成创作,我们用带来的废弃旧衣物,配以东门布料城清货的辅料与饰品,用手工编织缝制出心仪的布艺。这一次我们策展团队唯一给出的限制原则就是,不能碰工作台上还未制成的半成品,但对在墙壁上展示的已制成品,任何人任何时候都可以拿下来再加工。这听起来很像是“自由软件”的“开放源代码”的挪用。但是当有人这么问我们时,我们的回答通常是“不,这个作品不是你想的那样,也不是我想的那样。它还没定呢!” /For its recent invitational exhibition, ThermoMatter, the Shenzhen Art Museum commissioned Handshake 302 create the freeform quilt Of A Piece. Its fabrication incorporated Handshake 302’s commitment to bringing as many people as possible into the creative proccess. We used discarded clothing, accessories and trimmings from the Dongmen Fabric Market, and simple sewing tools to make individual “patches” for the quilt. The rules of engagement were simple: don’t touch a patch that is on the table, but any other patch, piece of clothing, and accessory could be picked up and used in a new patch, or could be sewn together to create larger sections. In a sense, the project was an exercise in “repurposing open access materials” or “fashion making”. However, when asked what the project was about, we simply answered, “That’s still up for grabs!” Continue reading

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zhang kaiqin discusses “of a piece”

作品/Title:还没定/Of A Piece

材制/Materials: 布料、织物、配饰等 / Clothe, thread, ribbons, zippers, and lace
艺术家/Artist: 握手302 / Handshake 302
志愿者 / Volunteers:黄梓欣 王珺 张淼 / Huang Zixin, Wang Jun, Zhang Miao
摄影及剪辑/Videographer and editer:王一新 / Wang Yixin

创作人员(部分)/ Participants (partial list):
王也 操天然 林正丰 周怡婷 熊冬晴 刘夏星 方嘉瑜 文慧怡 呈 魏一一 王圣凯 李家 刘雨晴 陈晴如
陈晴琪 蒋明君 杨锐 王露杨 杨君如 王雁 杨传铸
黄东英 彭星悦 陈键濠 卫思思 孙晴 曹仪华 郑快
王子安 王美淇 黄仲有 刘佳 刘赫 胡然元 黄榕
韩心怡 朱乐桐 李籽萱 刘惠娜 李娜娜 胡欣怡 毛紫依
胡心婷 张皓南 尚子珺 韩翠翠 林炎 唐柳 游江
吴浩妍 罗淳仪 刘丽澄 刘馨语 张艺馨 朱少清 高丽
何心 李其木格 罗奕清 张梓斐 张斐然 谢文苇
张楚茵 王文 冯涂唯 涂明睿 文慧怡 吕若寒 /
Wang Ye, Cao Tianran, Lin Zhengfeng, Zhou Yiting, Xiong Dongqing, Liu Xiaxing, Fang Jiayu, Wen Hui, Yi Cheng, Wei Yiyi, Wang Shengkai, Li Jia, Liu Yuqing, Chen Qingru, Chen Qingqi, Jiang Mingjun,Yang Rui, Wang Luyang, Yang Junru, Wang Yan, Yang Chuanshou, Huang Dongying, Peng Xingyue, Chen Jianhao, Wei Sisi, Sun Qing, Cao Yihua, Zheng Kuai, Wang Zi’an, Wang Meiqi, Huang Zhongyou, Liu Jia, Liu He, Hu Ranyuan, huang Rong, Han Xinyi, Zhu Letong, Li Zixuan, Liu Huina, Li Nana, Hu Xinyi, Mao Ziyi, Hu Xinting, Zhang Haonan, Shang Zijun, Han Cuicui, Lin Yan, Tang Liu, You Jiang, Wu Haoyan, Luo Tingyi, Liu Lideng, Liu Xinyu, Zhang Yixin, Zhu Shaoqing, Gao Li, He Xin, Liqi Muge, Luo Yiqing, Zhang Zifei, Zhang Feiran, Xie Wenwei, Zhang Chuyin, Wang Wen, Feng Tuwei, Tu Mingrui, Wen Huiyi, Lv Ruohan

Thoughts on “of a piece” from Zhang Kaiqin, a founding member of Handshake 302. Continue reading

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The Halfway There Band is looking for members

A Handshake 302 announcement from project curator Wu Dan:

All of us have studied art, music or dance, but halfway there we gave up on it, and now our pictures don’t look like they’re supposed to, our notes don’t chime like they should, and our feet– well, you know whose toes you’ve stepped on. We gave up on our art for all sorts of reasons (some of them real, most imagined). The expression in Mandarin is 半途而废, giving up halfway there.

And yet. Those mostly forgotten art and music and dance classes still resonate in our lives; we want to get back on track (so to speak).

Handshake 302 has decided to add music to our repetoire of community art projects. This time were looking for “halfway there” muscians ” who learned and quit an instrument, but are now ready to pick it up again and play in the band. We will have professionals help us with composition and practice, but the music we make will be our own.

So dust off your instrument and join us. We’re organizing a series of rehearsals and composition sessions, and then we’re hitting the road for several community performances. How cool is that?! Continue reading

my white wall compulsions PDF!

We are here, we are here! The hardworking team at Handshake 302 has finished another PDF, this time introducing the project, My White Wall Compulsions. AND it’s bi-lingual. How cool is that?

《墙迫症/My White Wall Compulsions》

shatou renovations. again

So, as the Xiasha Kingkey project finishes up, another urban renovation project begins in neighboring Shangsha. Below, impressions of the Xiasha plaza, the Kingkey complex along Binhe Road, and the state of unmaking in Shangsha.

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the shenzhen anti-terrorism campaign

Although China has been strengthening its anti-terrorism campaign over the past year or so, the Shenzhen anti-terrorism campaign is recent. Ideologically, the campaign promotes a Neo-Confucian message of family first–a value that terrorists are purported not to share. Unfortunately, terrorists are more or less consistently represented as Muslim. In fact, the stereotypes used in the campaign are familiar from conversations I’ve had with friends over the past decade, when I have been told that Islam is not a religion but a terrorist organization. More alarmingly, as in the United States, Chinese anti-terrorism feeds anti Muslim sentiments and justifies increasing militarization of public life. Sigh.

Of note: the May 22, 2014 attack (in which men in ski masks jumped out of two vans to attack people in Urumqi) has become the stereotype of terrorist attack in the campaign. The following Inside Story by Aljazeera attempts to understand the increasingly violent situation.

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和谐深圳:building a harmonious society II

Mary Ann O'Donnell:

To continue the 10 year anniversary celebration of Shenzhen Noted, I’m reposting “和谐深圳: building a harmonious society” an early post on what might be called “disorderly” Shenzhen. The accompanying pictures illustrate the underlying fears that have permeated Shenzhen’s development.

On a distressing note, 10 years after I first documented signs of anxiety throughout the emergent city, these generalized fears have left the unofficial sphere and have entered the official sphere of anti-terrorism campaigns and fear-based advertising for private taxi companies. Unfortunately, it seems that the anxiety produced by in-your-face inequality of ten years ago has been displaced onto the bodies of Chinese Muslims, who (in much of the propaganda) are represented as “generalized” Middle Eastern Muslims.

The anti-terrorism campaign warns the Chinese public that terrorists have no human feelings and ruthlessly destroy family life, which is described in Confucian rhetoric–a not so subtle reminder that the “Chinese” nation is Han. This impression is further heightened in an anime anti-terrorist campaign that explicitly associates terrorism with Islam and China’s Muslim province, Xinjiang. The Shenzhou taxi campaign plays upon fears of techy house invasions, showing film stars claiming that, “I fear” how technology allows strangers to know where one lives. The tie-in with the anti-terrorist campaign is familial well-being: because they have your address, these strangers can prey upon your children or wife. The Shenzhen add campaign also extends the anxiety of ten years ago: gates are no longer enough to keep predators away.

Originally posted on Shenzhen Noted:

Yesterday, I was walking in one of the new sections of Houhai. On my left, behind the walls of an elite gated community, children frolicked in a recently completed swimming pool. On my right, migrant workers hung out at a corner kiosk of a construction site shantytown. The juxtaposition of these two spaces, common throughout Shenzhen, symbolizes the class structure that has enabled the construction of the city. On the one hand, urban residents (whether from other cities or long term Shenzhen residents) occupy the new buildings and spaces—upscale housing, high-rise offices, and shopping malls bulging with designer goods. On the other hand, rural migrants build these spaces, inhabiting temporary structures that vanish at the end of a project. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see children playing or women cooking in front of a row of construction site shanties. Unlike the enclosed lives of the gated community, shantytown lives…

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