English

This is the first time Bishan Commune: How to Start Your Own Utopia, a notebook by the Chinese activist, editor, and curator Ou Ning, has been published in English. The notebook is a graphic montage piece, where comments, thoughts and short accounts from Ou Ning’s travels to Bishan are intertwined with drawings, clippings, color-coded text, handwritten notes, pictures and quotes. 

 

The publication consists of two books: the first volume contains a facsimile of Ou Ning’s original notebook in full color; the second volume is a translation of the notebook from the Chinese by Mai Corlin and Austin Woerner also including an interview with Ou Ning not previously published in English as well as Ou Ning’s 2012 text “Autonomy: Utopia or Realpolitik,” which lays out Ou Ning’s understanding of ongoing anarchist practices in a totalitarian, capitalist reality.

 

Dansk

I notesbogen præsenterer Ou Ning os for sin research om fristater som NSK og Christiania, notater om urbaniseringen kontra udvikling af landområderne, en læsning af en kinesisk science fiction-forfatter, en beskrivelse af sit møde med landsbyen Bishan, et detaljerigt samarbejde med en arkitekt og to designere om utopiens boformer og tøjdesigns, en tragikomisk gennemgang af Kinas selvudråbte kejsere efter 1949 m.m.. Man mærker en afstand til Mao-æraen såvel som til tiden efter Mao og op til i dag – hverken kommunismen eller den nuværende hyperkapitalistiske kommunisme er farbar vej. I stedet for advokerer Ou Ning for genopbygning af landområderne og det gensidigt nærende forhold mellem by og land, og hvad angår styreformer, er Ou Ning snarere fortaler for et anarkistisk funderet demokrati.

Ou Ning (in Danish or English)

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Oversættelse/Translation
  • English

    Translated from the Chinese by Mai Corlin and Austin Woerner

    Published June 2015, English/Chinese

    135x210 mm, 120+48 pages

    full color+black/white

    smyth sewn, perfect bound

    includes notebook (book 1) and

    foreword, interview, essay, and the translation (book 2)

     

    Dansk

    Oversat fra kinesisk af Mai Corlin 

    120 sider (faksimile, farvetryk) + 32 sider (hæfte) 

    indeholder notesbog (bind 1) og oversættelse (bind 2)

  • Ou Ning was born in rural Guangdong province in 1969. His practice covers a wide range of projects straddling the fields of art and politics. As a filmmaker, he directed the documentary Meishi Street (2006) concerning local acts of resistance against the demolition of an area in a central part of Beijing in relation to the 2008 Olympics. As curator he has headed the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, and from 2011 to 2013 he was chief editor of the literary bi-monthly Chutzpah!, a magazine that has dealt in-depth with issues such as agrarian communities in East Asia, revolution, queer literature and George Bataille. And these are just a few of Ou Ning’s undertakings.

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