In a week and a day I'll be en route to Beijing for my one month trip to Beijing, Shanghai, and a number of smaller places in between. The trip is funded my my alma mater, McGill School of Architecture, with the only condition being that I bring back materials to hold an exhibition when I get back.
I've printed 4 x 6" cards with the time and date at thirty-minute intervals for the duration of my trip (1680 cards, for 35 days from July 25 to August 27), and will use these to document the experience. The result will be a wall, 12' high by 35' long, in McGill's exhibition room, gridded with cards, left blank for whatever times I was sleeping but otherwise filled with sketches, doodles, and the occasional text. Then, either during the exhibition or before it, there will be a projection showing one card at a time in half-hour intervals, so that my trip will be re-produced at a 1:1 temporal scale, over a period of 35 days.
That's the plan. I've never been to China before, and I can't wait to eat (and draw) noodles and Peking Duck in Beijing, dim sum and crispy chicken in Shanghai, and bamboo shoots in Anhui province. Oh, and of course, the architecture!
Thanks for reading! I hope you're enjoying your summer, whatever adventures it brings for you this year.
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