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http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_769_Buddy_CoPro_Catskills_and_PMI.mp3 download This week on the B@S, Stella Brown and Nick Wylie join Jesse and Brian to talk about Buddy — the new artist-run shop/gallery/venue at the Chicago Cultural Center that features works and products by more than 220 artists — and Co-Prosperity Catskill — …
 
Not far from the Forbidden City lies Temple Dongjingyuan (Temple 东景缘), formerly knowed as the Zhizhu Temple. It was founded at the beginning of the 15th century, and the current buildings date from 1700. Centuries after it was founded, and decades after it was decommissioned for religious services in the 1950s, the place is miraculously still stand…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_768_Christina_Quarles.mp3 download On today’s episode Dana and Ryan join painter Christina Quarles [in person!] to discuss her eponymous exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. We talk painting (of course), and discuss pandemic cancellations and inspirations. We hope you enjo…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_767_Ben_Davis_on_NFTs.mp3 download This week we can catch up with the preeminent American Art Critic, Ben Davis from Art Net and talk about NFTs and whether this really is the future the hype demands, or whether this is a long con grift. Ben Davis – http://www.benadavis.com/ Art Net – https://news…
 
If you are on this side of the Great Wall, you might have seen their shops and vending machines in malls: Pop Mart. This public company worth 11 billion USD sells “mystery” toy boxes containing a single cute figurine from a potential set of several characters. Buyers do not know which figurine they have bought until they open the box. The company i…
 
Middle Earth is now joining The World of Chinese magazine podcast network. The World of Chinese (TWOC) is a bi-monthly English magazine and website dedicated to Chinese society, language, and culture. Every two months, both in print and online, the team at TWOC takes a contemporary issue in Chinese society and culture and looks behind the headlines…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_766_Carrie_Secrist_.mp3 download This week we returned with Carrie Secrist and the Carrie Secrist Gallery (CSG.) A long time pillar of Chicago’s south loop CSG began a significant shift and radically changed how they were doing exhibitions as the pandemic was just kicking off. We check in …
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_765_Stephanie_Burke.mp3 download On this harrowing episode of Bad at SportsCenter, we talk with photographer Stephanie Burke. Her ongoing series of photographs is a visual exploration of lost opportunities at Parks College. Founded in 1927 by Oliver “Lafe” Parks, Parks College was a nexus of aviat…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_764_Haig_Aivazian.mp3 download Image c/o the Renaissance Society of Haig Aivazian’s “All of the Lights” In a wide ranging discussion with Haig Aivazian we start with the exhibition at Chicago’s Renaissance Society and we reach toward the history of fire, policing, data visualization, sport…
 
Joining Aladin Farré on this episode of Middle Earth are Miro Li (founder of Double V. Consulting and CHINAble Academy) and Rose Zhu (Xiaohongshu lifestyle influencer). The three discuss the ecommerce/short-video app Xiaohongshu, what distinguishes this app from its competitor Douyin, how the nature of short videos has changed as a result of the pa…
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/badatsports/Bad_at_Sports_Episode_763_Paul_Mpagi_Sepuya.mp3 download This week Ryan and Brian enter the dark room with Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The conversation floats along the inseparability of images and subcultures, the ritual of working an image in an analog dark room, and seeing exactly what is happening in the moment. Epi…
 
Last year, as COVID-19 cases spiked around the world, many thought cinemas would die. China’s box office sales from the past few months tell a different story. The country’s film market broke several world records in 2021, selling roughly $1.2 billion in tickets. Although theaters in the U.S., which are the primary competitors of theaters in China,…
 
A few years ago, the stand-up comedy scene in China was largely considered to be alternative culture, with few venues for comedians and patrons. This stands in stark contrast to today, with over 100 comedy clubs nationwide, even outside of major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Format shows like Roast! (tùcáo dàhuì 吐槽大会) have pushed stand-up into …
 
China’s cultural industry is not often the topic of a book. However, the newly released Red Creative: Culture and Modernity in China tackles questions about how the government sees its cultural industry and how the domestic cultural industry has evolved over time. The book’s authors, Dr. Justin O’Connor and Dr. Xin Gu, joined Aladin Farré to discus…
 
Aladin speaks with Zhāng Shìwén 张释文, the head of entertainment and a partner at the law firm Huiye in Shanghai, to talk about her latest book, Guidance and Compliance: The Way to China’s Entertainment Market. They delve into her research on intellectual property protection in China’s film, music, and television industries, and they also discuss a f…
 
Lured by a potentially large and lucrative market, major theater productions are increasingly making the jump from the bright lights of Broadway or the West End to the less familiar but no less lively avenues by the Bund or the Second Ring Road. Yet, according to Gaultier Létourneau-Ross, director of operations at a Canadian company that assists fo…
 
Children’s entertainment is a growing industry in China, with many opportunities for flexible and innovative creators to produce marketable content. Prospects are particularly bright for those working at the intersection of children’s entertainment and education, which has long been an important source of revenue in a country where 93 percent of fa…
 
In this episode, the Middle Earth Podcast invites podcast hosts to talk about their favorite subject: themselves. Podcasting is rapidly becoming the next boom industry in China, with approximately 80 million daily downloads of podcasts and a projected audience of 486 million total. When it comes to putting a number on the industry, however, things …
 
Live art is one of the few mediums that hasn’t been radically transformed by the digital age. No screen is yet able to capture the magic of in-person performance, be it a comedy show, theater, or even Peking opera. The live performance scene is particularly vibrant in contemporary Beijing, where comedy and theater offerings are as diverse as they a…
 
Voices from China’s large but marginalized LGBTQ and feminist communities are increasingly making themselves heard in contemporary culture. In particular, artists and activists from these groups are creating content around the idea of “nontraditional love,” which is resonating strongly even with mainstream Chinese audiences. So how have the stories…
 
Clubs and live performances featuring international music started taking off in China in the 1980s. Initially, the scene was very focused on foreign diplomats, journalists, and students who rented out restaurants and other spaces on the weekends. Gradually, as policies governing public radio broadcasts underwent reforms that allowed the performance…
 
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