As a journalist and music critic, Whitney’s writing focuses on experimental club culture and electronic music. Her research earned her status as a 2017 Fulbright National Geographic Semi-finalist, and her words have appeared in The Guardian, Vogue US, Pitchfork, Mixmag, Crack Magazine, Boiler Room, Bandcamp Daily, and Telekom Electronic Beats.
Whitney combines bold gestural brushwork and architectural perspectives in her illustrations, with a concentration on nightlife and the East Asian diaspora. Select works have been featured in Mixmag print and digital, VICE THUMP, and the New York Magazine blog Bedford and Bowery. Her work for Club Etiquette is available for purchase at MoMA PS1's bookstore ARTBOOK.
Whitney Wei is based in Berlin. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in Economic and Social History.
Follow her on Instagram @whtnywei.
The Art of Noise
Berlin is home to the hallows of Berghain, Tresor, Sisyphos, and OHM—all venues notorious for their strict door and ‘no photos’ policies. For those who enter, the haphazard wooden structures, towering paned windows, and indigo-illuminated doorways are but a passing memory in an altogether disorienting night.
The Art of Noise was born out of an earnest desire to document these surroundings and celebrate the liminal spaces of nightlife, dedicated to club devotees and dilettantes alike. This project developed into a commissioned collaboration with Mixmag published in the August 2018 print edition and online here.
The Art of Noise is an ongoing illustration series, with intentions of drawing the legendary clubs of Berlin and of branching into other nightlife capitals.
Inspired by the ‘literati’ style or wenrenhua (文人畫) of traditional Chinese painting, Five Lanterns is an ink wash and brushwork series honoring landscape art. The ongoing calligraphic project borrows its philosophy from the Southern School of the Tang Empire, a category of painters who revered works expressed through intimate self-reflection and creative interpretations of reality.
These works combines a bricolage of personal influences, including flora and fauna symbolism, anime and manga art, and Asian architecture—both ancient and contemporary, real and imagined.