Phenomenology is the new black

One Ger at a time

    For a country so rich in traditional culture and identity, with its natural minerals that have the world rubbing their hands together you might find it strange to imagine that 70% of the population live in the ger district in Ulaanbataar. A ger is the traditional home of Mongolians – somewhat like the … Read the full post »

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Sonia does The Steppes!!

Day 3 as the flu made an impromptu visit and had me bed-bound for the Sunday sleeping and writing – quite understandable considering the pace of the last 2 weeks. So today we, Nomy our driver and yours truly venture out to the countryside – The Steppes – to see the wide open plains of … Read the full post »

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Letter from Mongolia

  So I left behind the city of 20 million people and ventured forth to the Land of the Great Mongol Empire, Children of the Golden Light, Attila the Hun, The legendary Chinggis Khaan, Khubilai Khan and Marco Polo. Mongolia’s population is about 2.6 million,  most of whom  50% live in urban areas, 25% are … Read the full post »

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Draw! Paint! Dance! Beijing 2012

So, suggest to 3 wonderful international artists that we come together, create with dance, whilst I film and move myself amongst the evolving artworks – some trepidation perhaps? My fellow colleagues at SCU, NSW Australia would not be remotely surprised by my antics but trying to encourage a trio of ladies on the Red Gate Residency with me … Read the full post »

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Dinner for Three?

Day 13   The three Musketeers aka 3 international artists ventured forth to the famous Gui Jie (Ghost St) curtesy of www.china.org.cn The red lanterns that line Dongzhimen Nei turn on each night about an hour before sun down, marking the rebirth of Beijing’s most celebrated dining experience: Gui Jie. Although it’s known as “Ghost Street” … Read the full post »

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Notes from our VAGUE correspondent Beijing

The Vermillion Syndrome Is it just me or is there something sinister going on in the fashion stakes in rowdy old Peking? There is a serious cluster of orange/vermillion lurking just about everywhere – is it the colour of La Saison? Beijingers seize bling like junkies at a methadone clinic – please no exaggeration needed! The fashion … Read the full post »

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Shentangyu Natural Park & The Great Wall

In this city of vastness – urban sprawl about 80 km – it is advisable to do a dry run before embarking on a journey that requires one to be on time for an excursion. Hence my Sunday jaunt via the subway, Liangmaqiao Rd, to find the whereabouts of the China Culture Centre in Anjialou, Chaoyang … Read the full post »

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Today Art Museum, Beijing

  Wow! This is what greets you when walking down Baiziwan  Lu, (road)  Chaoyang District – I made it here after a morning of wonderful viewing at LDTX Beijing Dance.  The location of this gallery is very interesting – smack bang in the midst of a huge development of luxury apartments with a railway line running parallel … Read the full post »

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Time to face the music!

  Days 8/9/10 Tuesday afternoon I got the phone call from the Director of The Redgate Gallery, Beijing Dance LDTX were ready to have me pop by and take some arty shots of their fabulous dance troupe!  At last! Joy! Horror! Panic! Time to see what the new Nikon and me at the controls will achieve.  Settle! … Read the full post »

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Day 7  Ming City Wall Ruins – Chongmenwen Dong Dajie I chose to take an afternoon sabbatical along this surviving piece of the Ming City Wall – only a small section remains as it was reduced to rubble in the 1950s to build new roads and generally tidy up – you know how ‘those‘ we … Read the full post »

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