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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ordos 100 Remix

Remember Ordos 100? You know, that project in Inner Mongolia master planned by Ai Weiwei where 100 architects chosen by Herzog & de Meuron designed 100 villas. It was announced amid lots of hype back in 2008, but nothing has materialized on that patch of desert. Ordos City has seen the Ordos Museum by MAD Architects and rows of bland housing, but no cutting edge villas.

So what could be better than a remix of a recent Ai Weiwei documentary on the project? That is just what Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid has done. Here's a trailer:

And here's the Ai Weiwei documentary (included in the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam) in its entirety:

The description from DJ Spooky's YouTube channel regarding the remix:
For DJ Spooky film lends itself to appropriation and collage, much like the urban landscape. DJ Spooky has taken the concept of the Situationist concept of "psychogeography," to arrive at a kind of contemporary "dérive" - an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, where an individual travels where the subtle aesthetic contours of "free" space and time.He has applied that concept to the original version of the film and taken the position of "Director as DJ" to remix the Ordos 100 project.
(via Javier Arbona)

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