VOGUE U.S. - THE THOUGHT-PROVOKING ABSURDISM OF ASIAN DOPE BOYS
“It’s clear that Chen has choreographed a transgressive ceremony of sorts, a tribute to club culture rituals that draws on Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and traditional Chinese aesthetics. Carefully interwoven within this lurid multiverse is iconography of the animal kingdom, drag culture, and Western pop culture.In the past, Chen has cited the holy demons within Tibetan Buddhist paintings known as Thangka as the starting point for his creative visions.”
TELEKOM ELECTRONIC BEATS - THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GO ICE SKATING AT BERGHAIN
“If the concept of practicing your triple axels within Berghain’s gargantuan concert venue didn’t appeal to you, the least the event did was spark the imagination. Of course, no photos were allowed of the actual ice rink; so some—like myself—took reference from Google image search, interpolating their own wild assumptions on each tiny thumbnail image. Others, ignorant to the technical and financial limitations of maintaining a rink over the course of its seven-day run, may have pictured the concrete expansion somehow completely coated, wall-to-wall, in frozen ice.”
MIXMAG - ALL-WOMAN COLLECTIVES HAVE INSTIGATED REAL, POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE MUSIC WORLD
“These disrupters are a brilliant catalyst for change, but it’s easy to get swept up by the media frenzy that proclaims these crews are ‘defying the global patriarchy’ and ‘shaking up white male hegemony’. But before we don our ‘technofeminism’ tees and congratulate ourselves for a revolution well fought, there are limits to their efforts. Now it’s up to grid-locked music institutions to pick up the baton.”
Whitney Wei is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Her illustrations take inspiration from nightlife culture, as well as traditional East Asian art. Select drawings have been featured in Mixmag print and digital, Telekom Electronic Beats, VICE THUMP, and the New York Magazine blog Bedford and Bowery.