The Freshest Kids in China is a project focusing on Chinese urban culture, featuring art, song, and dance. They are cooler than you or I. Check out their latest work, a timelapse at the graffiti wall on Shanghai's Moganshan Road, featuring French artists JB, Ador, Storm, and Dezio.
Disclaimer off the bat: this was uploaded back in February by YouTube user H3153mb3rg, so it is, in blog parlance, “old.” But I hadn’t seen it yet until today, and it deserves to be shared. Let me know if you’ve already watched this elsewhere. (Danwei folk, where are ya?) The same content creator made a pretty... Read more »
Global travelers Maxwell Swann and Todd Van Duzer “won a 30-day all-expense-paid trip to China,” according to the Vimeo description. “Armed with a couple cameras, they explored almost all China has to offer two 25-year old college grads. Baby pandas, bungee jumping, monkeys, and so much more.” It’s a decent video, and might, if nothing else, inspire... Read more »
We last heard from The Freshest Kids in China when they were making this cool video of October's MIDI Electronic Music Festival in China. Well they're at it again: George Zhi Zhao has filmed a time-lapse of graffiti artist MELS of BEASTMODE CREW doing his thing at Shanghai's Moganshan Road. "There's a lot of things happening right now with Chinese youth creative / street culture and a lot of talented people that just haven't been given the right exposure yet," George writes to us. "That's the main idea behind the freshestkidschina project."
Navator and the creative agency NeochaEDGE recently released a video from this year’s MIDI Electronic Music Festival in Shanghai, specifically from October 27 at Pudong Lujiazui. These people are what one would call “cool.” UPDATE, 11:58 pm: Major props are also due for The Freshest Kids in China, which shot and edited the video. The... Read more »
This video by Gregory Lane, "So Long, My Hong Kong," presents dozens of beautifully rendered shots of the true Pearl of the Orient. I've said it before but it bears repeating: Hong Kong does not seem like a city built by men of this world, such is the ambition of its design and overwhelming beauty. You get a glimpse of that here.
From Vimeo user zweizwei |motion timelapse|, here's one of the better China videos you'll see anywhere. Here's what Random Wire had to say about it: "Living inside one of China’s behemoth cities is a humbling experience, such is the enormity of their size and the human endeavours taking place there... [zweizwei's video] captures everyday life in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Shanghai extremely well – sunshine and smog included. Despite the endless sea of people streaming in from all over the country for the opportunities they provide, these cities can be strangely impersonal and isolating…"
If everyone who visited Beijing could produce a video like this one from Peter Laermans, the rest of us would be grateful. Sit back and see if you recognize, in these images, any of this wonderful city of ours. The song, of course, is Caliban’s Dream by Underworld. Youku video for those in China after the... Read more »
We see a lot of “My Beijing/China Trip” videos on YouTube, but most of them are made by people who don’t even try to make them watchable. Here’s one person who did try — with fantastic results. Alex Lop on Vimeo: I spent 9 days in China visiting Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. This is... Read more »
As described by videographer Ryan Emond: Moments in China is a collection of vivid moments I experienced while traveling around China last month. The piece flows from Hong Kong to Beijing, and visits Guilin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Some moments are more significant than others, but I have a personal connection with each. They’re vivid indeed. Enjoy.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz played in Beijing on June 12 as part of his Tour is a Four-Letter Word, marking his first time in China. Without any opening, he and his band played an hour, then did an encore. That's a lesson here that big-name foreign musical acts would do well to heed: respect the crowd, and they'll respect you. Those inside Workers' Gymnasium seemed to love Mraz, often chanting, "Jason! Jason!" Thanks to Youku user xiaozhunanhai, the full concert is embedded after the jump, in surprisingly high definition.
You know what could have made this video by Nice Peter better? No human babies. MORE PANDAS. The only thing better than more pandas... more baby pandas. The stretching cat was a fine touch, he can stay. But PANDAS is definitely the takeaway message here.
Looking for Chinese music? The Sound Stage, hosted by Jonathan Alpart on China Radio International, may be your answer. Calling itself "your all-access pass to Chinese new music," it seeks to promote the latest in contemporary Chinese music every week. The above is a sample -- episode two.
Two years ago, musician Cholo Hermosa, one of the founders of a new Manila-based band called Yolanda Moon, visited Beijing with a company and family, and he shot lots of videos to, as he puts it, "have a first-person aspect of my trip to remember how I felt when I visited." It was only recently, however, that he was able to pull all the footage together and use it for the YM song "Path."
Jason Chu, from New York City to Beijing, is leaving in three weeks for Los Angeles, and he claims on his website that it's for good (but not without a party -- "You are ALL INVITED to 'Goodbye, Beijing.' – a farewell concert, EP release party, and video premiere coming 4/21 in Beijing’s 798 Art District"). He released the above video on Sunday as a preview. Check it out. Youku video for those in China after the jump, as well as lyrics.
Sometimes it takes being followed on Twitter to find a hidden gem. The above video, produced by Lebogang Rasethaba and Gabriel Clermont, came to my attention after Clermont followed @beijingcream. It's sweet.