my video of Amy Suo Wu's work/shop/exhibition 'Thunderclap' at PrintRoom, Rotterdam, March 7th 2020:
"Part-shop, part-sewing workshop and part-exhibition, Amy Suo Wu's Thunderclap employs steganography to publicly redistribute the erased work of Chinese anarcho-feminist He-Yin Zhen (1886–1920) through the medium of clothing accessories.
Visitors of Printroom are invited to make their own DIY Chinese anarcho-feminist patches. Thunderclap patches and ribbons will be also available to buy on the evening. The artist will offer free services to sew DIY patches and Thunderclap patches on clothes that visitors bring in from home.
Thunderclap is a steganographic zine that piggybacks on fashion accessories. The ribbons and embroidered patches contain translated English quotes taken from He-Yin’s essays and are nested around the QR code. When passersby scan the code, they can download her original Chinese writing. The work was originally designed to be hidden in plain sight on the streets of Beijing by co-opting shanzhai fashion - the Chinese phenomenon that features nonsense English - together with a QR code, as a covert system to publish sensitive knowledge originally destined to circulate within China.
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