Watch David Choe scour through Detroit and Cleveland with folks Scrapping to survive. People are literally ripping apart old schools, homes, hospitals and factories for raw materials to sell to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal being one of the biggest US exports to China, has an interesting life cycle that often starts from places like Detroit and Cleveland. David Choe as correspondent for VICE explores the situation on the ground and looks into the life cycle of scrap metal “from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy”.
VICE episode 13 will air Friday, March 28th, 8PM EST/ 11PM PST on HBO and available HBO On Demand starting March 29th, 2014.
Since 2005, performance artist Liu Bolin pursues the art of disappearing in plain sight. His installations of optical illusions are a collaborative effort, where he becomes the canvas for others to paint until he becomes invisible. Take a look:
We are excited by the latest news about San Francisco gallerist, Cheryl Haines’ organizing a site-specific installation on Alcatraz by the prominent Chinese activist-artist, Ai Weiwei. Ai, who is forbidden from leaving China, has been commissioned by the For-Site Foundation, which will help develop a 6 part installation on the Rock, based on information Haines has delivered to his studio in Beijing. “At Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,” which will touch on the history of imprisonment on the island, will run from Sept. 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015. They are anticipating at least 1.5million views of the free show based on the number of visitors who visit the island each year.
Site specific installation will take place at various parts of the island that are like this:
Oh, why did you move to the countryside so you could avoid the world, and electricity, and running water, and the Internet, and anything that has to do with the cut n’paste, collage culture that we know live in that we call post-supermodernity aka the end of the world? It was this video you say…
You know, just another day where Chinese police show off a new crowd control weapon, the giant fork, during a drill in Beijing. Nobody is occupying anything after seeing this… this is also called “the mess you are now in.” (via)
That is what they are doing at the First Beijing International Design Triennial, rethinking the ways the world can use bamboo. They came up with cars, bikes, and mini-car type things. As DesignBoom notes, “the first annual beijing international design triennial takes place this september 26th through october 17th, coinciding with beijing design week 2011. ‘rethinking bamboo’ presents unconventional uses of the material. harvested sustainably, with natural antibiotic properties, bamboo is strong enough to be used for furniture and structural pieces, while its fiber is utilizable in a host of other products.”
Like a MINI Cooper, do you want to be hit by a Ford F-150 in a bamboo car? America doesn’t really adapt well.
There is a lot to be said by the end of mall culture, but we couldn’t even say if it is fully over. It feels over, these pictures by Brian Ulrich suggests its over, and we haven’t really been to too many indoor malls in a longtime. We guess it is the notion that retail is over, America is sort of over (except without American retail, China will have to step up their own capitalist game), and we are stuck with Wal-Mart.