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THE END | 696 weihai lu [30 april]


and to top the list [or close to the top] of reasons why we may actually be living in the end times – 696 weihai lu’s artists are officially farewell-ing off into the sunset with a last group exhibition/party/blowout-celebration this saturday, 30 april.

the flyer, as it was sent to me, is just below but will be posting more details as they arrive.




696 weihai lu | another threat of extinction


spreading this around of behalf of a friend. our beloved 696 weihai lu community of artists in shanghai may be in danger of disappearing…


正如你们有些人可能听到这个消息,现居于威海路696的艺术家们现在正遭遇一项来自当局驱逐的威胁。我们正计划以艺术家朋友的名义写一篇短文来支持他们向 有关各方请愿。当然支持的声音越多,获得成功的机会也就越大。威 海路696路,一个废弃的波希米亚飞地如同又一个被低估的并且伴随着中国快速现代化而逐渐消失的宝库。它所保持的现代上海所剩无几的传统文化的真 正根源一 旦被剥离,那么它将只是另一个商业化的赚钱机器。我们已经在过去的几年里看到许多类似的现象,诸如许多古老的建筑被改建为时尚豪华的供那些暴发户 和富豪喝 香槟和吃早午餐的咖啡馆和餐馆.那么还有多少我们没有看见的呢?也许,我离题了. 言归正传,艺术对每个人都极具亲和力,而威海路正是这样一 个为数不多的正宗的地方,也许你只是刚好充满好奇心路过这里.除了那些友好的会像对待多年失散的朋友一样邀请你去他们工作室的艺术家们,这里的另 外一个魅 力就是它自身有的元素.徜徉其间,摇摇欲坠的楼梯和油漆剥落的墙壁会把你带入另一个时空.这也许就是给让一个地方产生灵魂的东西,但是我们大多 数人都错 过或者有时候甚至忽略.开始了解上海威海路696正如饮没有泡沫的啤酒. 请将此信尽转发给尽可能多的朋友.如果可能的话,请写个简短的有关支持保存这个宝藏的理由的回复[英文或普通话]并发送到: chen chao | jim zhou。感谢您的时间。”

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“dear friends, 

as some of you might have heard the news, the artists currently residing in 696 weihai lu are now under another threat of eviction from the authorities. we are writing on behalf of our artist friends to write a short paragraph in order to help them petition to the relevant parties. the more voices heard, the more chances that it will likely be considered. 696 weihai lu, a bohemian derelict enclave is just another under-rated treasure that is fast disappearing under the modernisation of china. in keeping with the real roots of tradition and culture that is difficult to be found in shanghai, when stripped, will just be another commercialization for the money-making machine. we have seen many of these over the last few years, old restored buildings being converted into hip and trendy, over-charged cafes and restaurants. haven’t we seen enough of this? another charming aspect of 696 besides the friendly artists who invite you into their studios like long lost friends is actually the compound itself. walking through it with it’s unlit, creaky staircases and peeling paints walls, one becomes transported to another time. this is perhaps the quality that gives this place its soul. please forward this to as many people as you can and possibly write a short paragraph [in english or mandarin] and send it to: chen chao or jim Zhou to help their cause in saving a treasure. thank you for your time.”

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open studio | recap


thanks to all that came to the open studio tuesday night! it was lovely seeing so many faces there, especially since so many were some of my favorite faces. when people come together over caiprinhas to check out brains and talk shop it makes for good times – as well as good photos.

below are some photos taken by talented friend, xepo w.s. – fellow shanghai-based artist who has been working together with me recently on a video project, URBANVIDEOSCAPESHANGHAI. more to come on this project soon.