< Second-hand >

Improvisational moving images and music

< Second-hand >

An ongoing project which focuses on several topics including examining the attitude toward past, bringing the unwanted and discarded a second life in fine art and combining more abstract elements into a live performance to generate different outcomes.

The moving images are based on some illustration books published in the 50s, which Chai Mi have bought at very low price at second hand markets around China. Most of them have been abandoned or forgotten. There are great number of books in China have now been considered as out-dated, although many of which weren’t in fact published long time ago.

Chai Mi (left), thruoutin (right), performing of Second Hand, Change Coffee, Hangzhou, China

‘In recent years I have been collecting second hand books from some collections dated back to the 90s. In early 2013 I began to reread them and make use of them creatively. Some pattern books/illustration albums have caught my attention. In the live performance I am trying to create imageries based on these books (their contents, layouts or even the material the books made from). Then I try to make the images either blend in or go against the music I hear. I aim to create ‘accidents’ and new experience in each performance. To me, the meaning of this art performance is not only limited to the result.In process I always get something new from the old books, which is thought provoking every time.’


‘Second Hand’ A live set by Chai Mi and thruoutin in zajia lab,China from Chai Mi on Vimeo.

The musician who collaborated with piece with me in the video is American musician thruoutin. In the performance he has used sound made by toy keyboard found in an American second shop, toy robots bought in Chinese antique market, Chinese traditional percussion instruments and an old violin given by friend.

Chai Mi (left), thruoutin (right), performing of Second Hand, Change Coffee, Hangzhou, China

‘In this project I hope to collaborate with any musician or sound artist who make works with the sound created by second hand object/trash, and who can perform improvisational music/sound work. ’

  was show in Zajia Lab,Beijing,China
Performing of Second Hand, Zajia Lab, Beijing, China