Ou Ning of Alternative Archive, who does spend more time in airports than me, and possibly the person mostly likely to receive morning reminder calls as to what city he is in is off to New York to screen 三元里 San Yuan Li at People’s Architecture on July 18th. You can also download the booklet accompanying the film from their site.
3×3: A Perspective on China
S[CR]EE[N]ING CHINA Documentaries from China
Tuesday, 07/18/2006, 6:30–8:30pm (RSVP)
A monthly lecture series that creates a platform for a broadened understanding of current Chinese architectural and urban practice. The nine part series will bring together Chinese and internationally recognized scholars, artists, and architects to examine the unique contradictions and challenges posed by China’s rapid urbanization and growth.
San Yuan Li is a case study of a typical village-amid-the-city phenomenon in the process of the urbanization of Guangzhou. The crew penetrates San Yuan Li Village as “City Flaneur,” rethinking back into the depth of its history, the confrontation and reconciliation between the process of modernization, and the patriarchal clan system, as well as the rural community system in Guangdong. The bizarre architectures and views of humanity have been captured into this black and white cine-poem. The documentary was commissioned by the Z.O.U. (Zone of Urgency), 50th Venice Biennale (2003).