Wei Shao is a Chinese Shanghai-based illustrator, artist and multi-major researcher.
Her storytelling work approaches the theme of the relationship between city, architecture, physical space, man and nature.
Her most relevant work is Blank City, a multimedia sci-fi opus (texts, sounds, pencil drawings) that is described as such in the author home page:
Being built is no limit to the multi-dimensional world, everything is a standardized city. Space is normalized into a single cube, the cube is given the function, the function must comply with the specification. Life has been standardized in size cubes, they are given the same rhythm of life, follow the simple life, with all copied. Supreme goal, everyone in the “right space” to do “the right thing.” (Hazardous translation by g.translate from Jaapanese original)
The year is 2115.
The city is full,
There is no sky, no ground.
Everything is being categorized.
Houses only exist as cubes,
Every cube has a function.
Every function should be followed the rules.
Life in Blank City lives in human life-sized cube,
Everyone follows the simple rules:
They have the same apartment, job, garden, religion, lunch, time…
They do everything “right” in the “right place”,
Life is regulated by the same rhythm, same lifestyle.
(originally in English)
/Pencil Drawing, 1920mm*1350mm, May 2015
Please view the drawing and listen to the sound simultaneously!
All images, texts and sounds © Wei Shao