For the opening weekend of the 2005 Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF), Kilometer Zero is organizing The Short Step.
400 westerners wearing traditional Chinese-blue factory worker suits walk across the Dashanzi 798 factory district and gather for a photograph. The suits will be all bright and new as we form a long long train along the streets, between the trees, and through the network of Bauhaus stacks. Highly unusual and strongly evocative, and in Beijing’s modern urban environment — magically beautiful …
Ceren, the model worker
Johan, the model worker
Try to spot the real one
The short step
How do individuals relate to cultural identity? Is a culture specific to its individuals? Could one nation’s history ever have happened to another group of people? As a two-way hysteria grows both about the westernisation of China, and the potential for current Chinese economic growth to eclipse the US, it becomes increasingly unclear who is subsuming who. Who is in which country’s trousers?