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Jing Jin City (Volume 1) is a book about a luxury resort town near Beijing that has remained largely unoccupied since construction began in 2002. Produced by artists Andi Schmied and Lawrence Lek, the publication explores the physical structures and psychological undercurrents of the place and its inhabitants.

 

The city's four thousand mansions exist in various stages of incompletion, set around a Hyatt Regency Resort Spa, horse racing track, and 18-hole golf course. The place is maintained by a small army of caretakers who also make up most of its permanent population. Lacking tasks to complete, they spend their time wandering the streets, occupying the homes they are meant to guard, building constructions in living rooms, and adapting the city to their needs.

 

Readers are presented with a three-part travelogue through this landscape, exploring the unique way of life that has emerged through the city's lack of use. The book is divided into three contrasting chapters that blend reality and fiction. Each chapter reflects a particular sensibility belonging to the city and its residents: a sense of absence, a sense of ownership, and a sense of time. These states are shown through interwoven sequences of photographs, texts, and renderings. Also included is an appendix containing reproductions of promotional materials from the developers of Jing Jin City.

 

Jing Jin City (Volume I)

by Andi Schmied & Lawrence Lek

First edition of 400 copies

ISBN 978-963-12-0975-4

Self-Published. Hardcover, cloth bound, 184pp with inserts.

Printed in Budapest, 2015

Available in three colors

 

Available in

London, - Daniel Blau Gallery, BookartBookshop, Ti Pi Tin,

X Marks the Bökship, Claire de Rouen Books, Photographers Gallery,

Tenderbooks, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Budapest - Mai Manó Ház, Massolit, Írók Boltja, Kunsthalle

in Brno  Knihkupectví ArtMap, Galerie Klubovna

in Rotterdam DordtYart

& in Tokyo Daikanyama T-Site

 

State of Limbo - Sovereign House

 

Jing Jin City (Volume I)

80 copies

Self-Published zine

Printed in Noriwch, 2014

Available with 25 different stickers on the cover

publications

Noguchi Town I

 

                            II

 

               I

Jing Jin

 

 

               II

 

 

 

 

 

                V

 

 

 

               III

 

 

 

 

               IV

archive

 

                   II

HMSO I

Dizengoff

 

                   II

Votanikos  I

 

 

                   III

Dongguan