As preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics were transforming swathes of Beijing, the Portuguese filmmaker Sérgio Cruz was exploring the city’s streets and public spaces with his camera. Taking an observational approach, Cruz found a metropolis undergoing rapid development, while in pockets its distinctive traditions and pastimes continued unabated. Amid cacophonous construction and air pollution heavy on the skyline, there’s a rich and unceasing pulse of communal life – what Cruz calls ‘a 24-hour live show full of music, dance and sports’. A choir gathers to sing in an underground tunnel; a group practises synchronised tai chi under a basketball hoop in a park; couples dance in a public square at dusk. While deliberately paced, Cruz’s short film is not unlike the curious tourist who breaks away from the planned itinerary to seek out excitement and small surprises around every new corner.By Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon
More like this (3)
A group of young men head out to the woods. They dance around a fire. They...
‘Observe everything’: Neil Gaiman’s celebration of culture’s journey from science to knowledge | Aeon Videos
Some mushrooms will kill you,while some will show you godsand some will feed the hunger in...
While the 'manufacture of consent' is an idea now mostly associated with Noam Chomsky, the phrase...