Daphne Xu

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Chinese Speed

Chinese Speed is an exploration of the politics and poetics of the Chinese high-speed rail (HSR), which acts as the literal and symbolic connecting feature of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Jing-Jin-Ji) megaregion proposed in the 2035 Beijing Master Plan. I am interested in unpacking the meaning of the HSR, as a semiotic and aesthetic vehicle towards China’s current national project, and in the changing sense of place and time in rural areas along new and proposed HSR stations. This media thesis consists of a collection of research-based art projects including a photo book, video installations, and a short film. They are experiments in creating non-linear narratives surrounding the HSR, and translating research findings into accessible modes of engagement.

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