(from the author)
Urbanist and media artist JT Singh has captured the vibrance and massive scale of Shanghai’s skyline, streets, and infrastructure through a series of experimental projects viewed by millions (This is Shanghai, Walk in Shanghai, etc); hence, contributing greatly to the city’s growing global status. With this new film, he turns to the Shanghai of its residents, the lives that revolve not around the city’s 4000 skyscrapers, but around the simpler ways of living, the local charm, and the familiar corner.
Amid the chaos of millions of people living and working with one another, the rich textures and smells, the voices and faces young and old, and the signs of tradition and change dwell behind each door and around each corner. With JT’s riveting visual storytelling, viewers experience a series of impressions around historic shikkumen neighbourhoods, which foster a network of real-life experiences, memories, and encounters with locals, which are the tender heart keeping the city alive and charming to live in. Shanghai’s iconic skyline is symbolic of its presence as a premier global city, but below the towers, the intimate, and human story that unfolds is what will always be part of the city’s core DNA.
Forward by Lane Rick, an architect based in NYC
About JT Singh
JT Singh is an interdisciplinary media artist, urban futurist and world explorer, specializing in city-scale, global projects that blur the lines between technology, urbanism and story. It springs from his lifelong adventures and interest in socio-economic and environmental problems within cities that have led him to explore hundreds of urban areas worldwide with eyes wide open and through walking, walking and more walking.
Currently involved in a variety of projects, including: exploring the future of urban transportation (cityofhumans.com), and advising numerous governments and global executives on city branding and smart city projects. JT is also collaborating with numerous tech startups focused on improving city life, from: urban farming, electric micro vehicles, solar energy and much more. His work and opinion pieces can be found in countless major publications, including Time, National Geographic, BBC, Washington Post, CNN, Vice, Guardian, China Daily, Quartz, Telegraph, Mashable and thousands of others.
All media inquiries info[at]jtsingh.com
Camera and edit – Mike Beech: mikebeechfilm.com / @miikebeech
Sound design – Slava Pogorelsky: slavapogorelsky.com / facebook.com/slavapogorelsky
Music – Steven Guthienz: stevengutheinz.com
Copyright all images JT Singh 2016 – jtsingh.com | Soundtrack used under license Artist ‘Steven Guthienz’ Track ‘Vision’ © Steven Guthienz