“The studio would have stood at the heart of an embryonic arts cluster on the outskirts of Shanghai, drawing luminaries from around the world. It took two years to build, and one day to tear down.” (NYT).
02. The Gathering of the Juggalos and the Peculiar Sanctity of Fandom
“Last August, the eleventh Gathering of the Juggalos was held in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. Psychopathic Records, the independent hip-hop label co-founded by the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, organizes the annual Gathering annually, drawing legions of fans (called “Juggalos” and “Juggalettes”) from across the nation. For the past decade Gatherings have featured performances by musicians (mostly from the genres of rap, rock, and rap-rock), stand-up comedians, and professional wrestlers, not to mention carnival rides, games and contests, and late-night parties hosted by prominent members of the Psychopathic Records family.” (Flowtv).
03. Japanese minimalism set to reshape fashion once again
“The impact of rising levels of austerity and radicalism is being felt in the most unlikely corners – even high fashion. The Japanese minimalist movement, which radicalised and democratised the fashion world in the 1980s, is poised to make a comeback this year.” (Guardian).
04. Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs Of The 1930s
“Starting with the Crystal Palace Exposition in London in 1851, World Expositions or World’s Fairs have offered global platforms for nations to showcase their achievements. Housing displays from 32 countries among 100,000 exhibits in one enormous iron and glass structure, the expo attracted more than six million visitors and set the tone for future World’s Fairs by associating progress with innovative architecture, design and engineering.” (Bee).