Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to email@example.com.
DJ is a versatile director known for genre-blurring films with experimental tendencies, cross-cultural emotional sensibilities and a strong emphasis on intimately surreal visuals and sound in support of human stories.
Whether through documentaries and narrative films or music videos and art projects, DJ is committed to investing himself in projects which explore the potent intersections and nuances of human emotion, culture, consciousness and our relationship to our environment — always pushing creative boundaries and building long-term creative partnerships.
His work has been included in film festivals, art exhibitions and curated video programs globally. Select clients include: Saint Laurent, Celine, Gucci, Vogue, Coach, Nike, Apple, Johnnie Walker, Vice, AirBnb, Jordan, British Airways, Ford, Burning Man, Intel, Jeep and Adidas.
1.The best way to destress? 对你来说，最好的减压方式是什么？
Breathwork, vipassana retreats, yoga and extended daydreaming in the bath.
2. A book you plan on reading? 打算读那本书？
I’m enjoying re-reading books which have influenced my perspectives considerably these days. Going to re-read Tarkovsky’s “Sculpting in Time” soon. It always makes me wonderfully uncomfortable and challenges me to create authentically and relentlessly.
3.How you discovered you were creative? 你是如何发现自己有创造力的?
I’ve always explored with creative writing, poetry and short stories, but the moment I went down the rabbit hole was when a friend of mine let me borrow his Hasselblad medium format camera one summer after I graduated from college.
I went everywhere with it, made simultaneously some of the worst and most memorable photos of my life and realized that developing a photographic eye to see the world was something I found deeply satisfying and could no longer imagine being without. It was my gateway…tool for opening my eyes to so many areas of creativity which are so important to my life now.
4.Your main strength as a creative person? 作为一个创意人，你的主要优点是什么?
I’m committed to making films and exploring visual art with a very long-term view. I’m perhaps naive in this way but I have faith it will keep me infatuated with creating and surrounded by inspired people I enjoy spending time and creating with. So I invest a lot of time and energy into relationships with people I work with because that’s where true value is and it’s just what makes me happy and fulfilled. It’s the only way I know to avoid burning out or getting lost creatively and squandering my energy.
5.Your favorite creative project you’ve ever worked on, and why you like it so much? 你曾经参与过的创意项目其中，那个是你最喜欢的项目；为什么你这么喜欢它?
I invest a lot in personal passion films and realizing projects which push at the frontiers of my creative comfort so it’s a tough choice. But I’d say the most important was a series of motion portraits I self-funded in 2019 with an all-star crew called ‘Portraits of Sound.’ The project explored the life-affirming power of meditating on mortality through seven single-take portraits on 35mm/16mm film with seven Shanghai-based musicians.
I wanted to create a collection of films made to sit in a gallery and in digital frames as video art and spent literally all of the money I had at the time to realize it. There was zero creative compromise and it was made exactly as I intended which is so rare.
I think we all need to find our creative family and make things together that nourish the soul as frequently as we can to keep us fresh and inspired so we can create sustainably for a long, long time.
Making that project made me realize the value of fully committing to concepts that come naturally from within us in a way that was unforgettable and has led to so many brilliant connections, friendships, new opportunities and evolution of my own self.
我为很多个人热爱的电影和项目投入精力，我做的好多项目推动了我的创作舒适的边界，所以这是一个艰难的选择。但我想说，最重要的是“Portraits of Sound” (声音肖像)，这是我在2019年和一个优秀团队自费制作的一系列动作肖像。我们邀请了7位上海音乐家，用35毫米/16毫米胶片拍照，该项目通过7张单拍肖像照片探索了思考死亡对生命带来的积极力量。
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. DJ suggested designer, creative director Vladimir Crevenkovic.
我们邀请创意人士来一场接力赛，每个人都要推荐另一位有意思的创意人士。DJ 推荐的下一个人是：设计师、创意总监 Vladimir Crevenkovic。