China, aka the People’s Republic, aka “Zhong Guo”, aka the Middle Kingdom, is progressing at lightning-like pace, undergoing huge generational change, teeming with endless talent and swarming with freaks, geeks, artsy entrepreneurs and rip-roaring avant-gardians. We profile five of the Middle Kingdom’s most frontline brands and the creative brains behind them, and ask them for a punchy Chinese one-liner, or ‘chengyu’, about their craft.
Architect Ma Yansong creates ectoplasmic forms that look like worm holes to other worlds. The buildings and objects he makes feel anti-gravitational and seem like alien paraphernalia from a distant world. They are edgeless, seamless, kinetic, stirring and surreal; Tron, dada, futurism and paradox live large in his creations. Ma has a super-human grasp of complex systems, chaos theory and engineering as he continuously pushes parameters around architecture, design and fabrication. He's a former apprentice of Zaha Hadid, and his edifices are laced with Zaha-like zeal of tortured forms, stretched mediums, slick minimalism and freaky fluxions. The precocious Ma is certainly leading Chinese architecture into some fantastically disruptive domains! We especially ♥ love his “Shan-Shui City” in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park and his eye-popping alien exhibits in the southern city of Shenzhen!
“Haode kaishi shi chenggong yi ban” (“好的开端是成功的一半”) – “A good beginning is half the battle.”