Monday, May 28, 2012

Sub Rosa - 'Fuck You'

'Fuck you' is a superinteresting doc by the great people of Sub Rosa about the electronic underground in China. It raised a lot of questions when I watched it. How can noise - even devoid of any meaning - ever be apolitical? Can a government forbid young people to make abstract noise? If so, is it a political gesture after all? Even if what they do is just copycatting Western and Japanese acts and if they use noise as a means to escape the very harsh reality for young musicians in China. Subversive 'nihilism' as an act of revolt maybe? Most of the footage was shot with a hidden camera. I was very impressed by the interview with the poet Sun Meng Jin in some restaurant or cafeteria. He is an opposing voice and he took a great risk by saying some surprisingly shocking things about politics that if known could easily land him into a Chinese prison. On the other hand you have an interview with the interesting young Chinese experimental artist Wang Changcun denying by all means that his art has any political implications. It is a frightening vision of a society that controls its citizens with a strong iron fist. Three cheers for Zbigniew and what he does for Chinese musicians! The doc revolved mainly around him. he is an extraordinary man. Admirable effort! See also my article about the Chinese electronic underground from some years ago:

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