Saturday, May 9, 2009

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

konami komando

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Among the many galleries that close shop for the summer months, few are as considerate of their fans as Articule (262 Fairmount), who have decorated their window with a mind-blowingly beautiful work for the duration of their break, for our viewing pleasure. Created by artist duo Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, Konami Komando is an installation that parodies a cultural death-and-birth cycle of the artists' personal Asian identities in North America. The intention is to create a fully crafted pop-up cartoon universe that confronts the viewer with a reimagined videogame-scape and a fractured narrative derived from pop-culture Asian references. All I can say is wow.


It must be stated that this paper's feature is usually a waste of space that one feels is just there to fill in some sort of graphics quota but this week, the picture is actually surreal and what it's plugging is cool so kudos for getting something right, Hour.

Pedro Eggers

July 22nd, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tang Sai'er

Tang Sai'er - rebel commander and leader of the White Lotus Sect

Tang Sai'er, native of Shandong, was a leader of the White Lotus Sect during the Ming Dynasty.1 The White Lotus Sect, based on Buddhist beliefs, originated during the preceding Yuan dynasty. It was considered a heretical cult. The cult became a subversive organization involved in uprisings against the government.2

According to The Chronicles of the Reign of Ming Taizhong, Tang Sai'er loved reading the Buddhist Scriptures since a young age. She married a man named Lin San. Tang Sai'er allegedly "called herself 'Holy Mother' and claimed to be a prophetess."3 Tang travelled through many counties, recruiting more than 500 believers.4 She claimed to be a sorceress with the power of commanding gods and demons. In 1420, with a cult following of tens of thousands, Tang Sai'er launched an armed revolt against the government. Her rebel army took a number of cities and counties, including Anzhou, Chanzhou, Jimo and Shouzhou.5

During her battle against government troops, Tang was said to have used her witchcraft to create an airborne army of demons out of paper dolls. After she was finally defeated by government forces led by Liu Sheng and Lin Qing, Sai'er managed to escape, a feat which has been attributed to sorcery.6 The Emperor Chengzu ordered a nationwide search for this notorious fugitive but met with no success. From then on, the White Lotus Sect went underground.7 It continued its activities into the 20th century.8

The character of Tang Sai'er continued to fascinate later generations, inspiring the Qing Dynasty novel "Legend of the Goddess". She also appears in more modern novels.9