Baishizhou is a dense, tangled residential area made up of what were once five villages located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen. It is said that most people who come to Shenzhen from other places start their new lives here. Every morning and evening, the entrances of Baishizhou are always crowded with people. These crowds have become the driving force of Shenzhen, all working to achieve their dreams in this fast-growing city.
As the best example of Shenzhen’s urban villages, Baishizhou is a microcosm of the development of the times, containing the stories of many people striving to make their way. Now, as the largest urban renewal project in Shenzhen is underway, the future of Baishizhou has sparked heated discussions and concerns. Even in the face of impending change, Baishizhou remains the place where dreams begin.
Baishizhou is an area with approximately 2,527 buildings and 50,473 homes for rent on 0.6 square kilometres of land, which accommodates 140,000 people. However, this will soon disappear to become a part of urban development history and a memory in people’s minds. Before it vanishes, I hope to preserve the memory of this place through the creation of multidimensional recordings using sounds, images, pictures and texts.
Zen Lu is an experimental/electronic musician and a sound artist. He’s one of the founders of ChoP, a musical project between China and Poland. Zen is also a member of N2 New Media Art Lab. Early 2007, Zen Lu founded Shenzhen independent label ‘We Play! Records’ and started organising events with artists from all over the world. He also composes music for dramas and movies. Zen Lu’s minute, meticulous and minimalist digital music style as well as his events and label has played a major role in bringing a new wave of art activities to Shenzhen, for which the latter has been long considered a cultural desert.