Everyone waits. Despite the fast pace and busy life of Shenzhen's residents, waiting is one common social phenomenon that binds everyone in the city while the cellphone is the indispensable electronic companion to alleviate the boredom of waiting. What do we actually do with our cellphones when we wait? What are we waiting for in the first place? These seemingly naive questions form the basis of Lai Sihan and Gongyu's work.
The love hate relationship between Shenzhen students and their school uniforms is the focus of Xia Weiyi's work. As the city continuously erases and rebuilds at an incredible pace, the ubiquitous school uniform that Shenzhen students wear daily become an identity anchor for many. However, it is not just a passive acceptance of the uniform attire by the students. As Weiyi's work shows, the relationship is one of creative improvisation and negotiation with personal identity, memory and authority.
Shenzhen's economic development has brought transformational change to the lives of the residents. The urban village of Baishizhou exemplifies the mix of hope, ambition, opportunity and squalor that comes with the city's relentless push for urban and economic growth. Inspired by their work in Baishizhou, Denf Yinjie and Huang Jiangshen created an installation that solicits from the visitors to the studio their ideas of a good life in Shenzhen.
Like tattoos on a body, the advertisement signs follow the contours of the building's form in Shenzhen. It is almost impossible to distinguish between advertistment signs and the building's surface. Taking this premise, Ali Keshmeri's work re-imagines a new architectural form arising from the locations and shapes of the signage.
Lin Simin and Zou Yizhi’s designed and made a vending machine, which they placed in different parts of the city. The machine has three buttons- money, love and water. They are associated with the economy, the body and human relationship. Unlike the ubiquitous vending machines one finds in the city, their version does not offer what it promises. Instead the machine frustrates the user by consistently failing to vend what is desired.
As the only participant who grew up in Shenzhen, Lui Min witnessed first hand the urban transformation of her city. Through time, she noticed places that had formed an important part of her life growing up in Shenzhen are no longer around. Through her mnemonic drawings, she recalls several memorable moments at different stages of her life.