Jing He

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03. – 10 Juni 2017

Net-Workers:

1 Sander Molenaar

2 Mathieu Bujnowskyi

3 Dieuwertje Luitse

4 Max Frischknecht

5 Krzysztof Pyda

Katrin Krumm

Romain Cazier

Annika Frye

9 Anais Bloch and Nicolas Nova

10 Maya Ober

11 Emma Lucek

12 Jing He

ABOUT

Net-work asked Jing He, who once said “To wear a piece of jewellery is to start a dialogue, a monologue or to ask a question.” and is a contextual designer from Design Academy Eindhoven with a background in jewellery making, to take over our Instagram account and interfere with the contemporary design discourse from her own perspective.

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We continue with Net-Work, our curatorial online format that brings content by our contributors to you. Meet Jing He! Formerly trained as jewellery maker in China and Holland she went to Design Academy Eindhoven to complete her MA in 'Contextual Design'. Some of the main themes in her work are imitation, replica and copy and the question of ownership and cultural innovation. We expect 'a balance between playful creation and serious research' here. @jing_jing_jing_jing_jing @design_academy_eindhoven @rietveldacademie #jinghe #copyandidentity #replica #imitation #function #intentions
Not an imitation -1: Wasp&Fly orchid. Male digger wasps are completely fooled by this deception and attempt to mate with the fly orchid flowers. “not imitation at all but a capture of code…a becoming-wasp of the orchid and a becoming-orchid of the wasp. ” Deleuze and Guattari write the wasp and fly orchid in their book 1972 Images from http://www.orpingtonfieldclub.org.uk #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #becoming #Wasp #orchid #imitation #athousandplateaus #orpingtonfieldclub
Not an imitation -2 : Quixote & Don Quixote A young man called Pierre Menard, wrote a novel called Quixote, which exactly same as Cervantes's "original" work Don Quixote. However he didn’t copy Cervantes’ words, but find a way to 'be' Cervantes first — Learn Spanish, return to Catholicism, fight against the Moor or Turk, forget the history of Europe from 1602 to 1918. “ Nor, surely, need one be obliged to note that his goal was never a mechanical transcription of the original; he had no intention of COPYING it. His admirable was to produce a number of pages which COINCIDED — word for word and line for line — with those of Miguel de Cervantes.” All these happened in the short story by Jorge Luis Borges, < Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote > 1939. — a fictional literary criticism. Borges compared these two Quixote, although they were exactly the same, he found the difference — for instance, Menard failed to construct Cervantes’ style,because it is not possible to write the same novel in different centuries. Image-1:Infinite Monkey Theorem in The Simpsons "Last Exit to Springfield" 1993 #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #coicidence #imitation #DonQuixote #borges #PierreMenard #copying #thesimpsons #infinitemonkeytheorem
Copying and economy-1 : Beijing World Park was opened in 1993, a theme park that displays scale models of famous landmarks (in the scale of 1:10) such as The Eiffel Tower, The Pyramids of Egypt, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Taj Mahal, and The Vatican. The park gave visitors the chance to see the ‘world’ without leaving Beijing. Next year, in 1994 another similar theme park openend in Shenzhen, called Window of the World. These parks reflect the economy growth of the country, and its changing view of Western world —attempt to get rid of the Cold War Mentality, and welcome the foreign investments. Before Chinese family can afford the holiday abroad, these parks attracted visitors from all over the country. #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #beijingworldpark #architecture #scalemodel
Copying and economy-2: The World (2004) is a movie discusses the difficulties of low income people that in the process of modernization of China. It was filmed in the Beijing World Park, tells a story about two workers in the Park, written and directed by Jia Zhangke. He talked about the inspiration of the movie: “When I first visited the Window of the World park in Shenzhen, Tao (his wife and the actress of the movie) told me she was a dancer of the park. I suddenly fell in love with this story,I thought I found the window to show the influence of the times. The Pyramids of Egypt was next to The Eiffel Tower, which was nearby London. I felt so absurd, we were so close to the world there but so far away at the same time. This story reflected how fast growing economy influenced people’s inner world.” #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #economy #theworld #beijingworldpark #Jiazhangke #architecture #spectacles #scalemodel
Copying and economy-3 Huawei’s European style campus. Huawei Technologies, one of the largest telecommunications equipments manufacture in the world, showed the video of their design of new campus in Shenzhen in the beginning of this year, which triggered a big discussion in China. The new campus is about 1.2 Million square meters big and costs 10 Billion RMB (1.3 Billion Euro), which divided into 12 areas that copy 12 European cities, such as Oxford, Paris, Heidelberg, Verona, Luxemburg, and more… Huawei will purchase a vintage train from Switzerland, and people can travel the different towns by train. The video shows a “perfect” classical European world. “European style” is one of the most popular architecture/interior style in China since 90s that people could buy their own properties. There are thousands of European style communities in China. Some people compared it with Apple’s or Google’s new campus, and angered about the copying of European town. However some people guessed probably it was more about the benefits of real property market. Huawei’s new campus will increase the price of real property in that area. #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #economy #Huawei #architecture #classic
Copying and economy- 4 Huis Ten Bosch and the economic bubble. What you see in the image is not in the Netherlands, but in Japan. A Dutch style theme park called Huis Ten Bosch. It opened in 1992, closed in 2003, and re-opened in 2010. It is the park that survived from The “Japanese asset price bubble”, which was an economic bubble in Japan from 1986 to 1991 in which real estate and stock market prices were greatly inflated.In early 1992, this price bubble collapsed. Before this tragedy happened, many domestic investments focused on building European style theme parks and resorts, most of them closed afterwards. These investments aimed to encourage Japanese spending money on holiday in their own country instead of going abroad. website: www.huistenbosch.co.jp #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #economicbubble #Japan #huistenbosch #architecture
Bad copy on purpose: Kiddie Ride Toy is definitely one of the major disaster area of pirate. After entreatment companies married with toy industry, they had many strange babies in the world that probably they don't have time to do paternity test. Kiddie Ride is a type of popular big toys you can easily find in China, normally near the entrance of supermarket. Last year many people had a discussion on the internet about why these Kiddie Ride were so UGLY. Of curse they were pirate, but couldn’t they copy in a better way? One of the convinced reason was many small factories made them with bad copy on purpose to avoid copyrights problem. I amazed by these bad copy toys, by analyzing how these factories made them. The toys changed very fast, small factories keep in step with the trend by making collage — just add few new elements in their existing module, for instance they didn't copy the whole head of Hello Kitty but just the ears and the pink bow tie are “HelloKitty” enough already. #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #modular #badcopy #pirate #SpongeBob #thomasthetrain #hellokitty #taobao
Copying as a tool of rebellion: Joyme and IKEA. Chinese entrepreneurs were faced with a crisis when many foreign brands left China for southeast Asian countries, looking for cheaper producing costs. A large group of Chinese OEMs(Original Equipment Manufacturer) have closed down gradually since 2008. The brand Joyme was founded in 2012 their products are almost identical to IKEA’s. It was a former factory that worked for IKEA for 16 years before establishing an online store selling its own products. The company said they made the decision to leave IKEA in 2011 because they couldn’t afford the low costs stipulated in the contract. The president of Joyme has never denied the copying of IKEA. A spokesperson for IKEA says the company will take every possible legal measure to protect its intellectual property, and it will take legal action against anyone who has infringed on its IP rights. However, Joyme claims that IKEA only owns the IP rights of 30% of their products, and so they haven’t done anything wrong. Ironically, the notion to imitate first and develop your own style later is also the strategy of IKEA as well. One of their best selling chairs, PÖÄNG, was designed by Noboru Nakamura in 1977. The material, form and structure are reminiscent of the Chair 406 designed by Alvar Aalto in 1939. IKEA changes the color and textile of the cushions every year to renew the style of the chair. Joyme seems to have extended this IKEA-tradition when they copied the chair’s design from IKEA’s model. #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #modular #Joyme #PÖÄNG #IKEA #AlvarAalto #chair406 I am curious who is really reading such long text in Instagram? ..... Me either.
My last post of this week about copying, one of my favorite landscape picture: a leaking Rubber Duck in a Dutch theme park in Shandong, China. #jinghe #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #copying #deconstruction #rubberduck #florentijnhofman
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