Archive for the ‘Creativity in China’ Category

Chinese Farmer Builds Airplane

July 2, 2008

I found this remarkable video today: a creative Chinese farmer that has built his own airplane. Prety cool to see how he lifts off from an ordinary road as the people are watching him from the sidewalk. Respect!

It seems that more and more people in the rural areas are getting into private-made tech stuff! Is there a trend coming up of autodidactic farmers in China? Check out this submarine or this story of a guy that has built his very own helicopter! Also farmer Wu Yulu is into home-building; he makes his own robots.

From made in China to Created in China

March 12, 2008

Eight CranesI had a pleasant flashback the other day about an arts course I have done during my exchange semester at the Hong Kong University . I guess the books that I am currently reading on creativity in China combined with bumping into an old post by fellow student Qilan Zhao must have triggered my mind.

Besides participating in my obligatory courses during my stay in Hong Kong I decided to sign up for an extra course: Arts, Politics and Society in Modern China. Books that I have recently obtained about the development and current state of the creative industries in China, such as Created in China by Michael Keane and China Contemporary made me think of a project I did for this course;  I did an analysis of a painting from a famous Hong Kong painter; Huang Yongyu. Huang Yongyu became famous for his own characteristic style of using traditional Chinese painting techniques in combination with bright, vibrant and fresh colours and the more Western use ink techniques. One of his most famous paintings is ‘The Winking Owl’ which was exhibitioned at the Black Painting Exhibition in March 1974. (more…)