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Material Life Noisy – the project

This is a fragmented story about how the Chinese are confronted with social, economical, and cultural changes in their country. Many Chinese have difficulty with finding their way between the old and the new China. In previous times, the collective was decisive. Values were set from above. Nowadays, there is a huge urge to consumption and a (assumed) freedom of choice. At the same time, ‘harmony’ – earlier a guide for the individual conduct – is ...

Material Life Noisy – magazine

  Click on the image for a preview   Paul van der Stap and Elisa Veini: Material Life Noisy. China in contrasts. This is a fragmented story about how the Chinese are confronted with social, economical, and cultural changes in their country. The photos and texts are made between 2010 and 2012 during our travels from Sichuan in the southwest of China to Shanghai at the east coast, from Shaanxi in the north to Guangdong in the ...

Material Life Noisy – magazine text fragment

Located on the Yangtze, with its 6,300 kilometres the longest river in Asia, Chongqing spans an area the size of a small country. Because the city and the province overlap, the number of inhabitants is a point of discussion. Thirty million? More? Less? The setup of the city is equally fuzzy. The slums are right next to luxurious shopping, while the next barrack lies just behind the corner. City planning does not seem to exist. Only the river provides a ...

Material Life Noisy – exhibition 2014

  Photographs from the Material Life Noisy project about social and cultural change in contemporary China were shown in: Podium Mozaïek, Amsterdam (6 March - 28 April 2014) De Observant, Amersfoort (29 April - 9 June 2014) Read what the press wrote about the exhibition here (in Dutch).   Read about the project here. Read about the magazine Material Life Noisy ...

Material Life Noisy – articles

Elisa Veini (text) and Paul van der Stap (photos): (click on the titles for a link to the articles) 2014 Ms Modesty is looking for Mr Great Bear: Small Town Morals in China in: Vivimus online magazine   2013 Naar het laatste dorp: als documentairemaker in China in: Aziatische Tijger   2012 Material Life Noisy I: Do women count? Material Life Noisy II: Monetarized ethics in: berfrois, Intellectual ...