Shine describes a gleam that both obscures and reveals. In the Shanzhai Lyric, shine is made literal, emblazoned in alphabets. A poetics of shine allows for a multi-faceted, scintillating view of consumerist culture in place of a dichotomy of good and bad, refracting its light towards the insight of an interlingual gleam. Poems collected from Zoo Market, a multi-level clothing market in Beijing. Printed on the occasion of “The Shanzhai Lyric: However you want to describe the trend, it’s time to shine” at Wujin in Beijing.
The Shanzhai Lyric is a body of research focusing on radical logistics and linguistics through the prism of technological aberration and nonofficial cultures. This inquiry into the glossolalic and supra-sensical text that often appears on counterfeit (shanzhai) clothing looks at how the distorted rhetoric of fashion and branding uses mimicry, hybridity, and permutation to revel in and reveal the artifice of global hierarchies. Real and ideal collapse in a lateral logic that generates new forms of agency among unlikely collaborators. Speaking at the seams of production, this work contributes to a post-colonial discourse surrounding the strategic use of language as a mode of resistance. How might new fabrics of relation be woven from the detritus of consumerism?
Display Distribute, 2015
Second edition of 50
210 x 297 mm