Sunday, January 17, 2010

Weekly Goals

2009-2010 Winter Term

Week of Jan 11 – 17 FINISHED!!!
Photos for Exhibition at Mudd Gallery (collaboration project)

It was an interactive piece. We made molds of life-size baby dolls with as many different kinds of media as possible: plaster, plastic, wax, clay, and wet clay and burn it after… When we had enough casts, we host an event at the amphi theatre and asked students to come join us drop the casts from above.

It is a collaboration project about child abuse and we learnt how to work with others and think about other people from it.

Mudd Gallery Opening:  7 p.m. Feburary 25!!!
(The image was too big to upload, Please come to the exhibition and check out!)

Week of Jan 18 – 24 IN PROCESS~

Set up Mudd Gallery; Finish Book I and send to

Hyped as the “Paris of the East”, Shanghai was a bustling cosmopolitan city with a foreign population approaching 70,000 by 1930. It held one of the busiest ports in the world and became the center for business in Asia. This influx of multi-nationals brought along new ideas and a new way of life and living, unlike anything China had experienced in the past (A Glimpse at 1930s Shanghai). 1930s’ Shanghai is a very typical time and place in the Chinese history, it was a city full of neon lights, money, crimes, mafia, and parties, it was a city full of hope and opportunities, and it was also a city full of hopelessness and threat of death at any time.

However, if I could travel through time and go back to a certain period of time and location, 1930’s Shanghai is my No. 1 choice. Inspired by Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills and Tseng Kwong Chi’s East meets West series, I realized that I could go back to that certain time through photographing, just like a dressed-up party. Not only did I go back, I also began to examine closely of what people were thinking then.And that is how I started this project.

Week of Jan 25 – 31 
Start to shoot for Book II

The time during the Culture Revolution was a completely different subject matter than 1930's Shanghai. It was a time when nobody thought about what they wear -- men and women wore the same clothes! It was a time when there was no gender differences, people were so pure and innocent. It was probably the most significant period in the modern Chinese history.

Week of Feb 1 – 7 
Shooting for Book II~

Week of Feb 8 – 14 
Shooting for Book II and have a few satisfied photos

Week of Feb 15 – 21 
Finish shooing for Book II

Week of Feb 22 – 28 
Finish Book II; Scan the negatives and send to

Week of Mar 1 – 7 
Frame for Exhibition in May; Research

Week of Mar 8 – 14 
Get the Final Copies of Book I and II; Start to write the paper

Week of Mar 15 – 21 
Final Week (presenting Book I and II)


  1. The fashions from the "Cultural Revolution" are equal to those of old Shanghai. Will this fashion help provide a critique of the social and political past and present?

  2. Your ideas sound like they will enable you to present an interesting perspective of the mixture of past and present views like you have described with you decision to make your photography have a retro kind of appearance. I think that Cindy Sherman should serve as a positive starting point as you look for a good way to show your unique perspective as someone with access to multiple sides of these issues. I feel like your resulting commentary will be a lot better informed and all inclusive than others who might try to show something about gender distinction, clothing, and the changing social circumstances in Chinese history.