CHINA BLOGGIN’ PART 5: DALIAN

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ok, so back to China… Dalian to be exact.

Dalian is the perfect example of Chinese urban bullshitism.

About a decade ago, some mayor decided to upgrade the huge industrial city, into a wanna be western yuppie haven who lives solely off the cheap labor and industry. The fabric of Chinese cities, based on street level multi-functionality, street vending of everything and semi-organised Anarchy, has been replaced with western zoning in Chinese scaling. The scale is a huge factor here, the simplistic idea of a financial downtown, with surrounding residential areas, just doesn’t work in a city of 6 million (legal residents, I will talk some about the chinese illegal immigration on the Shaxi episode), well it doesn’t work at all, but that’s another discussion…

The downtown area alone is as big as the whole of the Tel Aviv monicipality… it is impossible to walk from anywhere to anywhere within the “center” (unless you’re on vacation and can spend your time endlessly) and though the transportation is cheap, and pretty convenient (English station names) it has completely killed the street markets, the public dancing and exercise and the whole fabric of Chinese society. The few residential areas that have survived in the city center, as i was told, they are all planned to be evicted, as did their neighbors back in the 90′s.

Its not that i am a nostalgic or anti progress, but the way that the city just completely turned it’s back on the residents in order to pull on a foreign facade while deleting the history, the residents and their future…

 

 

But enough of that, in with the flix!

welcome!

 

 

they used to have a really good football team, 90 years ago…

 

 

 

a small chunk of the “downtown” area

 

 

 

this is cool!

 

 

 

 

just a bit too much on the return to classisism tip…

 

 

 

ummm… what?!

 

 

 

what is having good public facilities?

 

 

 

when your community sport center looks more attractive than the mall, its a good start…

 

 

 

look mom! i has parametrics!!!

 

 

 

shinny shinny parametrics

 

even the truck is impressed with how much this is parametric!

 

 

 

you dig?

 

 

 

 

 

 

buuuuut, its just a silly facade that’s glued on…

 

 

 

a beach!!! finally!!!

 

 

 

 

 

it might be cold, rocky and quite polluted, but its a beach!!!

 

 

 

and this is a KKKFC…

 

 

 

 and so is this, at 4:30 am

 

 

 

 

yeah, right…

 

 

 

 

 

mazaltof! its the wedding center of the universe! (aka xinghai square, the biggest square in the world)

 

 

 

 with some cool statues

 

 

 

 and billions of freaking weddings!

 

 

 

 

 not swearing, the weddings there freak me out!

 

 

 

 

cool building, was closed when i got there… (Dalian Shell Museum)

 

 

 

 

and there’s this huge ramp thing at the end

 

 

 

 

this is the closest that there was to skateboards on the ramp…

 

 

 

 

but its still cool!

 

 

 

 

oh yeah, and i assume that this is where they throw spartan babies (baby cop waiting at the bottom) or it is just that they don’t believe in safety rail, regulations, or safety at all…

 

ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF CHINA BLOGGIN’:

part one of the three Ningbo posts!

CHINA BLOGGIN’ PART 2: HARBINNIN’

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Harbin is one of the most slept on spots in china…

apart from the tourist rushes of the ice and snow festival, and the russian yuppie mega invasion of the summer, this place is really chill and livable, with street markets every other street and more english speaking people than any other place i’ve been in china (real english speaking not scamming motherfuckers and salesmen)

 

yes!

 

 

if you ain’t on that neo-classicist boating tip, you don’t know whats up!

 

 

just like the rachevel in Haifa, only with people, attractions at both ends, and a real need for bridging something…

 

 

 

Harbin has the most amazing sunsets!

 

 

 

you see….

now you must be asking yourself what the hell is up with all the scaffolding? (well you’re not, but lets say you are…)

 

this is what its all about…

 

 

 

 

these are molds for making neo-classicist facades on every single housing block in the city center

 

 

it is ridicules how much the chinese will always prefer fake stuff to the real

 

 

 

the russians hafe left the city 120 years ago, get over it!

 

 

 

mega square dancing!

 

 

 

and while the women dance, the men jam

these guys where seriously talented musicians, making weird variations on folk songs with basic percussions and a gypsy flute

 

 

 

and where realy into remaining blurry…

 

 

 

harbin has alot of good skate spots, but not alot of skaters, here are about a third of them…

 

 

 

the russian wanna be squares makes great skate spots… marble everywhere stairs curbs, and no one cares

 

 

fake

 

 

 

fake (but cool…)

 

 

real (and really cool!)

pocket size cathedrals gone museums should be more popular….

 

 

i don’t always take a picture with churches, but when i do, i have a white guy taking a photo of it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wings

 

 

 

not terrified… not terrified at all… right mom?

 

 

derp

 

 

 

THIS PLACE!

 

 

 


has some cool bridges…

 

 

see…

 

 

And tons of FAKE nature

 

 

with propaganda music playing from the street light… like in real nature…

 

 

 

 

this is just one of at least 5 new mega neighborhoods being built in the city… the word building boom, makes no justice to whats going on…

 

on  the way to the next episode…

CHAN BEI SHAN aka nature vs tourist vol.1

 

CHINA BLOGGIN’ PART 1: I HEART BJ!

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BEIJING MOFOS!

I must say that i did a crap job at documenting Beijing, but i over compensated it with over shooting just about everywhere else (4500 pictures in 60 days…)

so sorry for the touristyness and a few blurry shots

here we go!

this is a kinder egg

 

 

since you can’t go inside without paying for some performance (no English info available for that) this is all it’s good for

 

 

 

 

what ya lookin’ at?

 

 

HUH?!

 

 

if you’re happy and you know it mime a tree…

 

 

Confucius (technically kong fu zi) had damn nice marble details!

 

 

AAAGH!

 

 

China = Textures

 

 

and weird animals who seems to e hella stoned…

 

 

or hella rich! (young money lamb)

 

 

TEXTURES!

 

 

trees with needs

 

 

big and empty

 

 

huge and empty

 

 

 

 

 

scale…

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT LITTLE DETAIL  in the surrounding park

 

 

because B is the king of china, he has his own gate

 

 

morning at old people paradise AKA the temple of heaven, that tree shouldn’t have said that!

 

 

 

 

 

grandma got herself a sword…

RUN!

 

 

ummm…

 

 

dancing road block

 

 

take that fence!

 

 

 

Tanzhe temple

 

 

i freaking love the round door thing!

 

 

Chinese children are the most photogenic thing on earth (yes even more than internet friendly cats!), you will be sick of them by the end of my china posts…

 

 

TMNT, you’re doing it wrong…

 

 

ummm… yeah…

 

 

THIS!

 

 

 

ok, this is one of the things that really struck me out of the 100000 small differences between western and chinese culture… THE CEMENT IS ALWAYS LEFT STICKING OUT!

 

 

no idea…

 

 

This was really impressive… huuuuuge screen with amazing cinemtography at tiananmin square

 

the square is really fucking huge… here are some zoom shots to show how big is it…

 

good!

 

 

 

the creators project was doing its visit to the 798 art district, the project was fairly disappointing, giving the fact that you would think that vice mag would give it some edge and intel would give it some outlandish technology… they didn’t and exept for a couple of works it was pretty dull and banal

 

 

 

 

 

 

this was one exception…

“the day of perpetual night” by yang yongliang

the work was an animated futuristic absurd landscape of a Guilin like city, filled with videos and animations tightly composed into an amazing vision of the future of the city as well as the future of visual arts.

 

 

 

when in beijing, SKIP THE FORBIDEN CITY! all these people are the first people at 8:15 monday morning… this is low times

 

 

 

 

 

this is considered a clean turistless shot…

 

 

and even the statues are all up in your biz going “whacha doin’?”

 

 

 

ummm… classic chinese?

 

 

yes i have this photo too!

 

 

a small (only 7 stories) shopping mall facade

 

 

a big shopping mall with an even bigger screen

 

 

i’ll rant about chinese and there camera problems later on… its a long rant!

 

 

a mall / office space / human production line that sets free millions at 5-6pm which ends up with 20 minutes sweaty lines at the nearby subway

 

 

but what a great handrail!

 

 

central academy of fine arts… a great new campus

 

 

with a guest apearance by…

 

 

Arata Isozaki!

 

 

YES they have an Arata Isozaki museum in the fucking campus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is the entrance to the Architecture department…

 

 

this is the 3rd year design studio…

 

 

they study architecture, with an Arata Isozaki museum right outside the window!!!

 

 

model porn museum AKA bejing urban planning museum

 

 

a better shot of the cctv tower…

 

 

THIS IS A BIKE LANE!

the biggest fucking bike lane i will probably ever see, and the most fun i have ever had in a straight line with a bike!

 

 

This bike! from good people of natooke bike shop (highly recommended place, and in general, if your big on bikes, come to china with some spending money…)

 

 

 

Haifa art part form the 798

tant

 

 

kip deso

 

 

unga

 

 

unga

 

 

unga left overs

 

 

deso

 

 

unga

 

 

ABS crew are hommies, Good luck with the new shop!

 

 

tant

 

 

aifo deso

 

 

aifo

 

 

damn right!

 

 

ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF CHINA TRIPPIN: classicist frauds,  dancing ladies and skate spots in HARBIN!

 

escalation

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may day to total black out day, in about 30 photos…


mayday was fun, havn’t marched in one for 3 years, thanks to the constant may 2nd-4th final presentations…


Jerusalem must be the only fucking city in the world, that can take a great form of public transportation, and turn it into a total clusterfuck of urban evil!


trash


final project, hommie that’s the recipe!


bad fucking morning


jumping a month ahead, due to a whole month of lifeless final project schoolwork, SEND IN THE CLOWNS (the presentations…)


st. Marlin


aaaand sleep!

now sit back and watch the drunkenness escalating

BERLIN episode: never going back!

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so i’m going back vary soon…

this is probably my last post from foreign soil for a while…

 

so i’m in berlin, sitting on my gallery level bed in moabit, cant sleep, with gun noises from the other israeli that’s here playing some kill people game, searching for information on the massive  organised attacks of settlers on palestinian farmers and israeli protesters. attacks on which 8 people where hospitalised, and few arrested, none of which are from the attackers. you might have not heard of this because, neither walla ynet nor haaretz, let alone smaller pseudo-news sites reported these events.

i quote the israeli antifa group from FB as they are the closest thing to a news report that can be found at the moment:

“הבוקר הותקפו פעילים פלסטינים וישראלים ע”י מתנחלים בסמוך להתנחלות עטרות. בעל הקרקע אליה הגיעו הפעילים לשתול עצים, הותקף אף הוא על ידי המתנחלים שפתחו לו את הראש ותקפו אף את אשתו. השניים אושפזו בהדסה עין כרם. שוטרים שהיו במקום לא עשו דבר בעוד מצלמות הפעילים נופצו והם הוכו. חלק מהתוקפים היו עם חולצות של המשטרה ואף אקדחי שירות המעידים על כך שהם שייכים למערך המשטרה בעצמם על אף שלא היו בתפקיד. 3 פעילים נוספים אושפזו בבית החולים הדסה עין כרם, ושלושה נוספים נעצרו על ידי המשטרה שלא עצרה אף אחד מהמתנחלים התוקפים על אף שהייתה עדה לכל. מאוחר יותר הגיעו פעילים נוספים למחות על הפוגרום שאירע בצהריים, והותקפו אף הם במכות ואבנים, שוב, על אף נוכחות המשטרה במקום שלא עשתה דבר. באירוע השני 19 אנשים נזקקו לטיפול רפואי, שלושה מהם אושפזו בבית החולים הדסה עין כרם, שוב מספר מצלמות נופצו. מכוניות הפעילים שחנו מחוץ להתנחלות עטרות קיבלו אף הן יחס מהתוקפים ששברו את שמשות הרכבים, ניפצו פנסים ופינצ’רו גלגלים.”

more on this later when more info will be available…

 

 

back to happy travel blogging,  a general note, you might have noticed that most of mypost, but especially the berlin ones are architecture photo’s, and i know most of you dont care for that, well heres some quick explanation…

friends: most of them dont care for photos on the internet…

graff: berlin is so full of it, it becomes noise, handful of interesting things, and no will to photograph it, exept for panel pieces, but why would i post that?

show: too busy moshing

food: too lazy

architecture: im staring at it for far too long, why wont i photograph it for my crap for memory

life: too busy wasting it to stop and photograph

 

anywho: flix!