海纳 Reinaart VANHOE + 颜峻 YAN Jun + 何颖雅 Elaine W. HO + Michael YUEN + 梁硕 LIANG Shuo + 小珂 Xiao KE + Michael EDDY + 华汇设计 HHDFUN + 撒把芥末 Sub Jam + 刘鼎 LIU Ding/卢迎华 Carol Yinghua LU + Kyongfa CHE + DEPLAYER + Roel MEELKOP + Florian CRAMER + Kathleen VERMEIR/Ronny HEIREMANS + 周翊 ZHOU Yi + Taconis STOLK/WLFR + 欧阳潇 OUYANG Xiao + Matt MULLICAN + Reza AFISINA + Michael SNOW + 盛洁 Gogo J/olivier H + 李增辉 LI Zenghui + Ade DARMAWAN + 赵赵 ZHAO Zhao + 梁秀川 LIANG Xiuchuan + DorkbotBJ + 家作坊 HomeShop + 植村绘美 Emi UEMURA + 等等 others

Yvonne Rainer reconsidered

Yvonne Rainer reconsidered

A little while ago I posted the manifesto of Yvonne Rainer from 1965. I thought it looked intresting without that I agreed with the manifesto. Here is a reconsidered manifesto from 2008 and a remake by Andrea Bozic. It is nice to have it round in this way. I think it makes sense in the Beijing context, i […]

 

How to make mo-ni mo-ni mo-ni

How to make mo-ni mo-ni mo-ni

——————- For detailed information about the workshop, please click here. ——————- here i am off on another tangent. off on, trying to bring things together. being practical and tactical at the same time. the latest idea for Also Space is to organise a series of preliminary workshops called “How to Make Mo-ni Mo-ni Mo-ni”. these can take place a […]

 

old hitachi television

old hitachi television

i saw the old television at my parents’ place during the Chinese new year. we had it when i was 11 or 10 years lod. a Hitachi colourful television. now still fine. we tried to connect it to Wii game machine but failed.

 

Imagination

Imagination

If I have a message, it is this: life can be made better, not by the repetition of old phrases but by the application of imagination. Imagination and reality. Imagination is the important one in the pair. But, imagination must find its basis in reality. It exists within a broader context of creativity, history and life. […]

 

Breakage

Breakage

My reading leads me do believe Machiavelli was the first to seriously use broken-ness as a tool of investigation. When he wrote The Prince, the sixteenth century Florentine was attempting to find in the question of morality a new continent in the vain of Columbus’ great discovery. It was an age of empire, of discover, […]

 

Good Night Computer

Good Night Computer

hearing the sound of computer fans for long time everyday. this is last 5 minutes before shut down the computer. two contact microphones on both side of the computer case as stereo. i was working, the cables was touched several times.

 

another tangent: HomeShop hawking

another tangent: HomeShop hawking

trying to find connections, this is another possible idea to work out for Also Space, in conjunction with the upcoming launch of WEAR journal number two. first performed at Emporium in Milano, October 2009. instructions__ The driver/salesman should pre-record one message before beginning the route. The recording call should be simple and concise, in both Chinese and Italian, […]

 

an outsider, Conlon Nancarrow

an outsider, Conlon Nancarrow

Outside is not a question of degrees. The outsider holds some secret knowledge, a private solo joke which only old age will articulate. It is a happy and special position on the edge of a city. Conlon Nancarrow was a dissenter, an inventor, an exile, an outsider. It is no coincidence that one of the […]

 

Cities

Cities

对不起,我写英文 I’ve started blogging over at Miji at Yan Jun’s site. I’m publishing drafts of essays that will eventually become a talk at alsospace. Some things will be duplicated here… Many of my friends know I have been working on the concept of the city for some time. “The picture of the city that we carry […]

 

context question mark

context question mark

over the last few years, i feel that i’ve become somewhat of an anarchist. this seems like a dangerous thing to say, considering all the hooligan and black pasted onto the term, at least in my naïve understandings of it. but i have less and less tolerance for bureaucracies, more and more scepticism for governing […]

 

zombies…

zombies…

everybody playing Plants VS Zombies…

 

crossing

crossing

it was windy. i stepped on snow and ice, crossed a railway to visit a friend with a bottle of wine in hand. 5 minutes excerpt recording by recorder in pocket:

 

Yvonne Rainer manifesto

Yvonne Rainer manifesto

Not that I really like it as a manifesto. It’s strange to read. (it gives some reasons to think about the also position). — — No to spectacle. No to virtuosity. No to transformations and magic and make-believe. No to the glamour and transcendency of the star image. No to the heroic. No to the anti-heroic. No to trash imagery. No to involvement of performer or spectator. No to […]

 

10 minutes of beijing.

10 minutes of beijing.

Capturing Beijing on video. 10 minutes of Beijing. (sorry both films are on ytube).

 

WALL

WALL

muur/wall 1 hour exhibition in 2000. 5 movements in 1 hour. muur/ wall

 

an excerpt of a day in life

an excerpt of a day in life

i pushed the record botton then left the recorder there. when i back to it i cut 5 minutes of the recording:

 

overload new year’s eve

overload new year’s eve

this is an excerpt of a field recording whose input level was much over limit. recorded around pm 12 of February 13th, 2010, the Chinese new year’s eve.

 

culture and cheating and everything on your back

culture and cheating and everything on your back

文化!Culture! How do you begin on this subject, what has been the bane of my working life for the past weeks (working on issue number two of 《穿》WEAR journal)?! It’s rather ironic in this also-context, what could be seen as yet-another-cultural-exchange-endeavour, though i’d like not to see it motivated as such, but because of certain divides […]

 

Floppy Films: presents Oscar-nominated films 2009.

Floppy Films: presents Oscar-nominated films 2009.

Florian Cramer compressed the nominated oscar movies to 1.44mb, which is the size of an old floppy disk. Don’t know how we could show them but I think they could be nice to have them around.

 

RED BOOK

RED BOOK

also

 

photography, Illustrations of China

photography, Illustrations of China

I just ordered this book Thomson, John: Illustrations of China and its People, London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Low and Searle, 1873-4, 4 volumes, folio (36 x 49 cm), 96 plates with a total of 218 collotype images of China, plates protected by leaves with letterpress descriptive text. 1874, 2nd edition. 1977, Hong Kong, J. Warner Publications, China: the Land […]

 

Gilbert Simondon

Gilbert Simondon

Imagine what Simondon is writing against. Le Corbusier and the space race, they come to mind–and also the sleek lines of homeware modernist design. Or, let’s imagine the modernist in any other form. “Culture has become,” quoting the Rienaart’s entry, “a system of defense designed to safeguard man from technics”. The one liner is complete. […]

 

Baking to welcome the year of the tiger

Baking to welcome the year of the tiger

After my first steps in this world, I’m sorry I’ve been a little silent. Listening to Yanjun’s audio posting and reading the blog has been highly entertaining. I imagined that Yanjun was eating seeds just for me. Elaine, thankyou for your welcome note. Reinaart, thankyou for all the links. let me put forward a journalist […]

 

objets techniques

objets techniques

(taken from www.lumen.org/rekveld) About two years ago I discovered this book more or less by chance: Gilbert Simondon, “Du Mode d’Existence Des Objets Techniques”, Aubier/Montaigne, Paris, 1958 Only to discover that it is less obscure than I thought, but mostly known due to its influence on Deleuze. I’m probably one of the very few mortals left who have […]

 

live at UCCA

live at UCCA

January 30 i performed with Wu Na, Xiao He and Wang Fan at UCCA. it started by my setting up. most audience didn’t aware that it’s performance. this is an excerpt of the raw recording:

 

also chair

also chair

Turkish designer Akin Bacioglu created this “Also Chair“.

 

and that is to say

and that is to say

偏主动的选择被忽视的地方

 

also space

also space

是随禺而安的意思

 

in a big can

in a big can

in April 2009 i performed with friends in Shanghai. during the stay in Zhujiajiao town we had a lot of fun. one day after lunch Yang Ge brought us to an empty oil can. spontaneously we made sounds for 30 minutes. now thinking about to release the recording. it’s neither a performance nor a field recording. there is […]

 

tomorrow save the world

tomorrow save the world

这是给《时尚先生》杂志3月号附赠CD的一个作品的摘录部分。 在编辑部录制。 你可以循环播放,当作是一件家具。 this is an excerpt of a sound piece i made for Esquire Magazine. they will release a compilation CD accompanying with March issue which is on topic of environmental protection. my title is “Tomorrow Save The World”. recorded at the editor room. you can play it in repeat mode. use it as an ornament/furnishing.