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STRATA-MRS
THE VOLUME OF LIGHT

everybody here is saying that light is an electromagnetic wave and wave is a form of energy and energy has no volume. i would like to contradict those sayings. light is made up of photon particles. photon is one of the fundamental particles of physics' standard models. photon is responsible for electromagnetic force. it has a spin of 1 and a mass of 0<1×10^-18 ev/c² . its mass is lower than 0 so it seems somehow negligible according to our science. negligible because our science isn't that developped. our science forces us to say that it has no mass. still photon has a mass and it has volume though our science fails to precisely measure it and that's why we call it point particle having zero volume, same way we call dark matter a certain kind of matter that is unkown to us and that we can't explain. our knowledge of measurements is still very limited.*

*somehow poetic comment found in an internet thread
Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa Chinese City Dying Flower - Léa Abaroa
chinese city dying flower
chungking megacity, china

it’s maybe eleven o’clock at night. a man disappears into a building and she follows. an elevator ride, another floor and another man in a suit. down the first, long, narrow corridor, groups of young people sing karaoke behind glass doors. at the end of the corridor - the rooftop, it’s dark out. backlit by giant neon ideograms, a line of girls in micro-dresses queue up for the second corridor. yes, a dance party, she says. she takes the corridor, identical to the first, but for the opaque doors and bouncers with headsets stationed in front. the line of girls stops outside the last door. a bouncer takes each girl’s telephone one by one. through a gap in the door - three large men. i grab her arm, let’s go.

another day in the elevator a business man, sylvio, hands her his card. back in the room, she writes him an email, she thinks we don’t have enough money. later, one morning, she gets a call from reception. he’d left an envelope with notes, 300 renminbi, 43.62 dollars in total. she laughs.

another day she says,

i always wanted to be beautiful.

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far side of the moon

chungking, 2017. we’re in a taxi, the humidity thickens the night. the city is red and blue; fuchsia, our pink and black skins stick to the leather interior. a sentimental song floats out of the radio. that same song was playing at the 7-eleven check-out this morning, and years ago in a bus driving to tianjin. it carries that feeling of solitude in which whole worlds emerge.

later in the hotel room, w. is sprawled on her bed. i see her stretched out, isolated in a dim halo of white led light, and that same feeling returns. i take a picture.


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this work consists of photographs from the series chinese city dying flower. they have been altered using a computer programme that partially emulates the effect of a rutt/etra video synthesiser. the brightness data in the original image has been transformed into depth data, giving the photograph an adjustable, three dimensional aspect and rendering the body as a spacial expanse, a landscape.

the version of the moon represents my heart sung by taiwanese singer teresa teng in 1977 holds particular significance in chinese pop music. authorised for release by the mainland regime after several decades of revolutionary songs, it her-alded a shift towards the individual, towards the intimate.

the title refers to humanity’s first soft landing on the Far Side of the Moon, achieved by China’s Chang’e 4 mission on January 3rd, 2019. > book
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romeo with a d like rodeo
riding through algiers

Romeo with a d like rodeo your beauty is rougher than the sun. Around us the steel membrane is intimate space expanded. We burn rubber through the city going nowhere and it’s like a scream and the desert dust carpeting the streets floats up as we go past, scratching at our mouths, and we pulse right through to the sea. Going nowhere, we burn through the city.

Way down low, on the coastal boulevard Saïd Touafdit, the shell of a screaming vessel lies like defeat looking out at the blue and we’re gripped by the desire to run. But we don’t run, or if we do we come back, and the city chokes up until it implodes majestically under the weight of those who live wandering, refusing to accept, or enduring, disoriented, the possibilities they are denied. > book
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