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Shanzhai Remix
2017
Mixed Media Installation

Shanzhai Remix explores the extended meaning of shanzhai 山寨, a Chinese word commonly refers to counterfeit products that imitate well-known brands. Although the word may imply a negative meaning at the surface level, it carries features of fast renewal speed, indigenized design, vulgarized adaptation, and flexible options. Its ignorance of copyright law and intellectual property rights challenges the monopolized companies who control the full resources over the globalized market. A pair of sneakers mixes the Nike logo with Adidas design symbolize a democratic system that resists against the existing one.

The fabrication process utilized various 3D rendering and fabrication techniques. The images had been constantly recreated and reproduced. The transformations occurred during the data regenerating process correspond to the way images are altered from its original to the shanzhai form.

© 2017 Yuehao Jiang