Silent Industrial Towers 2013

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  • A poem written by Alexander Patterson when his first visit to 798 Beijing Art District. A personal experiment with words, sounds emotions and nature. This film was produced to portray a series of montage of 798.
    Written by - Alexander Patterson
    A Film by - Kaism
    Music -
    Of Porcelain - You are the sun
    The Glitch Mob - Palace of the innocents
    Of Porcelain - The greatest distraction
    * This is not a commercial film. Purely experimental.*
    - Part 1
    What do idle train tracks think about
    as they lie where locomotives no longer work?
    What does the almost-empty coal mouth say
    to the leftover bits of soot that remain among its teeth
    while biting into the ground for the last time?
    How do the chimneys that once billowed
    immeasurable quantities of smoke into the air feel
    now that no fires are lit in their bellies
    and the city has already grown
    around them far and wide?

    - Part 2
    Coal and soot and sweat
    A city of labor slowly succumbing to
    the exposure of the elements.
    The clank clank clank of man and machinery
    replaced by playful birds and boisterous cicadas
    where the timeless steam engine
    has reached the end of its line
    and weeds soften the hardened unfertile ground
    where workers forged a living
    as well as a nation.
    The industrial era may be gone
    but the art of life has just begun.

    - Part 3
    I want to tell my story through art
    the call-girl says as her beautiful naked body
    adorns the East German-built factory walls,
    that I might share the error of my ways
    and thereby obtain some absolution.
    Let the students come and view this place
    as a trendy venue for a modern revolution,
    a great departure from the burdens
    their forefathers endured.
    It seems only right that
    their youthful attempts at art
    fill the hard vacuous walls
    built by the Communist Fist.
    Shot with Nikon D7000