Two Wongs Going to Sea. Photo by Makin Fung

READING IMAGES: Instant Culture

March 29, 2013

7-9 PM


China’s rapid transformation has produced a culture of the “instant,” where desires, market forces, global-local exchanges, technologies, and a need for immediate gratification dominate our cultural landscape and social behaviors. 


Does cultural production need a site? Can culture be made overnight? Who manufactures a city’s culture?


Storefront for Art and Architecture presented Reading Images: Time/Site/Agency, an event that brought scholars, architects, artists and critics to closely look into images and construct arguments, narratives and observations that produced incisive readings of form, politics, representation and the interpretation of “Instant Culture’s” value or devalue in contemporary urbanism today. This Reading Series event took place on the occasion  of the continuing inquiry and launch of  INSTANT CULTURE: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process , a book by artist/architects Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu of ESKYIU. 

Presenters included Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, Eva Franch, Mark Wigley, Jing Liu, Laura Kurgan, Jeffrey Johnson, David Benjamin, Thomas Yu and Damon Rich. 



Formed by Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu, ESKYIU is a multi-disciplinary architecture studio that explores how architecture intersects with transformative cultural landscapes, media, products, educational tools and social sustainability. They received the Architectural League Prize; curated the 2009 HK & SZ Bi-City Biennale at West Kowloon; exhibited at the 11th Venice Biennale and have lectured internationally such as Harvard’s AsiaGSD conference, TEDx, London’s V&A museum to universities worldwide from Nanjing, Finland to Cambridge. They are based in Hong Kong.