Smog is a video that draws comparisons between the smog and pollution of Beijing and the rising tide of gentrification in Washington, DC. In the video, a man is seen walking the streets of DC, wearing a facemask to protect himself from pollution as cars and people move past him. As the video progresses, it becomes clearer that he is walking just ahead of a continual stream of encroaching city construction. As sister cities, Beijing and DC share not only the status of national capitals, but also that of cities that have been completely transformed by quick growth and development. Smog attempts to explore this growth and the ramifications of it through the simple act of strolling the city streets.

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