The China Outpost

The short film captures an event that took place at The China Outpost, a self-imposed sweatshop created by multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma at the basement of a defunct art gallery in Chinatown Los Angeles from 01 Oct 2011 to 31 Dec 2012. As a result of sewage water from the gallery's toilet directly above the sweatshop overflowing into the space, Ma was told that part of the sweatshop was to be jack-hammered on 10 Feb 2012. In preparation for the event, Ma cut the site in half, one side to continue to iron while the other side to stage the workers' excavation and realignment of the shitpipes below. Readings from Maxine Hong Kingston, Andrew Lam, dialogues between the unknown workers, sounds from Donizetti's Anna Bolena, the saw, the pounding align the seemingly disconnected points to create murmurs between the spectacle of the mundane and the absurdity of the everyday.

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The China Outpost

Nuttaphol Ma

The China Outpost project is a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop created by multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma. The installations for the performance work have existed at two fixed locations in Chinatown, Los Angeles from July of 2010 to June of 2014.…


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The China Outpost project is a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop created by multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma. The installations for the performance work have existed at two fixed locations in Chinatown, Los Angeles from July of 2010 to June of 2014. The first location was at the basement of a defunct art gallery on Chung King Road. The second location was situated behind a store-front gallery within a derelict shopping plaza. As of July of 2014, Ma takes The China Outpost on the road with forthcoming temporal settlements at sites of cultural and historic significance as well as open lots of big box stores throughout Los Angeles. Video notations of these travels will be featured in this channel.

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