Shanghai Eye was shocked, repeat, shocked. Shanghai Scene magazine has long been the tired and mildewed attempt by mysterious organs of the local party to knock That’s Shanghai off its perch as the city’s top Time Out clone (not that we care anymore). Suddenly, lurking on a coffee table, with a ‘do not remove sticker’ was the ‘new’ Shanghai Scene. It has now turned into an art magazine. Featuring on the cover, no, not a picture of the Jinmao tower, it instead has a pvc/leather clad hermaphrodite touching their private parts, hanging upside down off the magazines front logo type. Browsing the inner pages we see some boring advertorials for Mont Blanc, which runs for seven pages. But then the reader is submitted to a barrage of avant guarde-ish art stuff, such as Tobias Bernstrup’s (who?) anyhow, this guy, dressed up as a computer game character with machine guns attacking the Jin Mao tower. With cosplay characters.
After some investigation Shanghai Eye discovered Thomas is the guy on the cover (see above).
There are several more obscure but nicely laid out art articles, including several full page spreads of some interesting art work, including some naked lesbians. Then there is a full page technicolour picture of a ladies private parts, next to some weird existential ramble about relationships,
There are a few more art features, something about film, and then a two page spread of a girl lying naked somewhere opposite Jin Mao tower. All very enlightening and not what we’d expect from the old Shanghai Scene at all. But then these guys also seem to have entered a deal with That’s to publish classifieds, so it seems this publication has lost its old masters.
Some of the shows mentioned are as follows:
German? artist dressed as preying mantis atacking Jin Mao tower exhibition is on October 27, at Shanghai Doulun
moma, you need to call in advance, 6587 5996
There is an ‘international art exhibition’ at 1918 Artspace warehouse, 78 Changhau road.
A Korean sculpter Park Sung Tae has a solo show at 50 Morganshan rd, building 6, 2nd floor.
The photos are from Harvest 2, as advertised somewhere on this site I think, Art Scene Warehouse, also at 50 Morganshan road.
This 1918 Artspace also has a website.
(ed- that’s enough art stuff)