Courtyard House Plug-in by People’s Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plug-in by People’s Architecture Office

The Design Hop initiative was launched as part of Beijing Design Week in an effort to engage designers in the complex issue of rejuvenating and preserving the deteriorating historic neighborhoods in Beijing. The Dashilar hutong, or courtyard neighborhood, is a once-thriving area that, like so many Beijing hutongs, had fallen into disrepair. Dashilar now serves as the main Design Hop [...]

November 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm 0 comments

Getting Close to Ren Hang

Getting Close to Ren Hang

Ren Hang doesn’t have a lot to say about himself. In the fine art environment, where emphasizing one’s own importance (or having representation to do so, while you maintain the air of expensive mystery) is the norm, this resistance to pretense could be considered a form of madness. But this hasn’t stopped the twenty-seven-year-old photographer, who’s gained international recognition by [...]

September 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination is Beijing’s premier gay club that’s been around for over 8 years. It’s more than just a club though – this imposing building in the Chaoyang District is a multi-story cultural center, with themed party rooms and bars on the first floor giving way to art galleries above, followed by community areas and a free HIV-testing clinic at the [...]

February 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

Accountable Beauty With Chen Man

Accountable Beauty With Chen Man

Chen Man has been bending rules and augmenting reality at the forefront of Chinese fashion photography for over a decade. Her seductive, dreamy images in Vision magazine back in the early 2000s propelled her to fame and soon led to gigs with MAC Cosmetics, Elle, Vogue and Bazaar. In 2012, Chen worked with i-D magazine to create twelve covers for [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm 4 comments

Studio Visit with Zhang Qiang

Studio Visit with Zhang Qiang

Those interested in veering even further off the beaten path during their visit to the Caochangdi Art Village will love IOWA Collective: a complex of greenhouses just outside of the Caochangdi perimeters, converted into artist live-and-work spaces, with corn growing all around. IOWA residents often take part in sweeping collaborative projects and agree to a semi-communal lifestyle, with their doors [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm 3 comments

Pekin Fine Arts at Caochangdi Art Village

Pekin Fine Arts at Caochangdi Art Village

Caochangdi is a haven for artists and other creative-minded folk about an hour from Beijing’s city-center. A maze of elegant minimal brick buildings, this art district is filling up with galleries, co-ops and artists lofts, and hails as the alternative to the commercial glitz of the 798 Art Zone. Meg Maggio, owner-director of Pekin Fine Arts and long-time Caochangdi resident, [...]

January 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao) is a photography duo whose mainly black-and-white snapshots of everyday Shanghai and its people skyrocketed them to unexpected art-stardom in the early 2000s. Commonly described as “stream of consciousness photography”, their work focuses on the unsung, ephemeral aspects of daily life. Birdhead’s prolific, compulsive documentation of their friends and surroundings has led them to [...]

December 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner is Beijing’s premier dark music monthly and Alexander Chow is the elfin master of ceremonies behind the event. He’s also the creative director of Chinese Vogue. The concept materialized in 2011, over beers with cofounder/DJ, Benjamin Bacon and mutual friend, Philana Woo, who named the event. We sat down at Black Eyeliner’s new home, DaDa Bar, to talk with Alex and [...]

December 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm 0 comments