gab in China, again
weblog 2008 (english only)
gab in beijing
weblog 2007 (dutch only)
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Since my first travels to China, in 2004, I have become intrigued, enamoured,
inspired and possessed. This has resulted in annual trips back to China, varying
in duration from 2 weeks to 3 months.
Now (it is 2008 as I write this) China, and Beijing specifically, has become
the second place in this world, next to Amsterdam, that I feel immensely at home.
In an effort to articulate as to why I'm so taken, my words
and reasoning tend to linger around the clichés of exoticism
large scale print, 2007
Blik op Beijing
(view on Beijing)
visual essay for magazine ITEMs
gab bericht uit beijing
weblog 2006 (dutch only)
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Yet I like
to think that my passion for Beijing is more sophisticated,
more layered than mere romaticism. In order to find more concise
words and reasoning to explain my persevering fascination,
I frequently return to Beijing.
Through exploration, observation, conversation and evolving friendships
I feel increasingly engaged and involved. With each visit, I
aquire some new vocabulary and insights that bring me closer
to a more satisfying argument as to why China has such a tremendous
appeal to me, both on a personal and a professional level.
My travels to China are now a steady feature of my working and
personal life. It's my intention to spend 3 to 4 months a year
there, working long-distance on Amsterdam assigments, and collaborating
with fellow designers, architects, artists and students working
in China on site/culture specific projects.
from afar I will present
both my own China-specific works and those of friends and
collegues in China, and try to keep you up-to- date on
my developments there.