The year is 2011, the season summer. A hysterical voice is in the streets, speaking to itself. Beijing grows tall, vast, more and more encompassing by the minute.
Originally written and distributed as a series of emails with attachments, Beijing Updates combines text, video, and remote performance to relate experiences that really did happen, but whose truth could only be told as multimedia fiction.
The core of the project consists of four 5-minute videos, featuring original footage shot in various locations in Beijing, China during the summer of 2011. These images (which were captured by smartphone) are accompanied by computer-synthesized audio renderings of emails. These emails were composed specifically for the voice synthesizer, and the videos edited to fit the length of the final audio output.
Two months after the project was initially released on the Internet, an edition of 19 artist books were produced out of cardboard and dental floss to document the project in physical form.