Posted by Joel Martinsen on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 12:30 PM
A series of staged photographs set in a fleabag motel has captured the attention of Chinese Internet over the past two weeks. The photos, which had circulated without any information as to their creator, turned out to be part of a feature from the April-May "Super China" issue of O'ZINE, a new Beijing-based magazine aimed at creative types.
"Super China" is the third issue of the magazine (motto: Lead Yourself: You are your own leader). Here's how it describes itself (its translation):
Danwei speculated in a previous post that the individual scenes were interconnected. The magazine's presentation makes that explicit with photo captions that offer snippets of conversation to accompany the photographs.
The hotel photo series, "Red Star Motel," is just one part of the Super China cover feature. Cover model Chun Xiao appears in ten different guises to illustrate a feature on various subcultures, from punk to fan to SM mistress to window-washer.
Using Beijing's future toilets
Another photo series in the set is "Fang Bian Fang Bian in Beijing," a photo/interview series about Beijing toilets through the ages. An American working in finance is pictured with 1970s-era toilets, a Danish freelancer represents the 80s, a Japanese punk rocker illustrates the 90s through an homage to Trainspotting and Gravity's Rainbow, and a Russian freelancer shows off the stylish toilets of Sanlitun Village in 2009.
Then there are the toilets of the future. You've got to hand it to a magazine that can print an interview like this:
O'ZINE is published using the periodical license of Great Stage (大舞台, CN13-1004/J), a Hebei-based monthly magazine focused on the dramatic arts. The magazine's real title can be found on the cover next to the bar code. The sponsoring organization was apparently changed close to publication of this issue; a mock-up has the title and ISSN of 音乐大观, a music magazine whose most well-known title these days is Not Only Music (非音乐).
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