Shanzhai Lyric

Accumulated garments from Shanzhai Lyric archive of poetry-garments were live-translated by audience members and inscribed onto an unfurling scroll. This work questions the adequacy of archival practice and explores the potential of mis-translation and nonsense as utopian ‘world-making.' Part of the exhibition Long March Project: Building Code Violations III – Special Economic Zone curated by Zian Chen and Liu Chuang, which examines how the operational spaces of the SEZ serve as more than mere policy tools and infrastructure facilitating global economic integration, but rather as experimental sites coping with a series of epistemological ruptures in almost all aspects of life.