Shanzai Lyrik | Vortrag
Datum & Uhrzeit: Mi | 06.09.2023 | 17:30 Uhr
Ort: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München | Akademiestr. 4
Raum: Neubau | E.O2.29


Established in 2015, Shanzhai Lyric investigates global trade networks, informal economies, and the poetics of counterfeit goods. 山寨, or “shanzhai,” translates to “mountain hamlet,” but also means “counterfeit” in contemporary Chinese usage. The group takes inspiration from shanzhai t-shirts produced in China that circulate globally, often emblazoned with non-standard English phrases expressing a radical disregard for the norms of branding. Shanzhai Lyric notes: “There is a delightful humour in the unexpected collisions of meaning, but what really resonates with us about these
garments is how deeply we can be moved by apparent nonsense, how it actually seems to describe with poetic precision the experience of living in an utterly nonsensical world.
With devoted irreverence, shanzhai poems highlight the arbitrary line between real and fake—designed to exploit and criminalize the many for the gain of the few.” Recent presentations include MIT School of Architecture and Planning, MoMA PS1, Henry Moore Institue, SculptureCenter, Amant, Canal Projects, Abrons Arts Center, Women’s Art Library, and Artists Space.


*The lecture will be held in English.




Shanzai Lyric is part of Various Others.