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is a collection of poetic text art and video stills made by david tin mouth. At times abstract and personal, at times political, there is an unmistakably cinematic quality to this outsiders snapshot of modern China.
The project grew out of a journey david tin mouth undertook through the Southwest of China and to Tibet in 2006, and the forty or so video stills in the book are from footage shot on the road. The sections of poetic text in plain type were composed at roughly the same time as the video stills, while the italicized parts of the poems were added back at home. The texts were then visually assembled by way of a sometimes random process involving photocopiers and scanners. The result is, in a sense, a collection of travel poems, but something wider is also gestured at. There are four "wave poems" for instance, which are wave-shaped poems made entirely from reassembled press quotes found in western media articles and newswire reports on China.
david tin mouth's nod to the concrete poets of the sixties and seventies is definitely clear in this richly visual book, but at the same time it has a quality that is unmistakably present tense.