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Tiger Translate Beijing: Double Vision

Graphic artists modify imagery of the metropolis

by Phuong-Cac Nguyen in Culture on 18 November 2011

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Following an event in Hanoi earlier this year, Tiger Beer brought its free art and music series, Tiger Translate, to Beijing. The most recent installment brought together artists from East and West to collaborate on the theme of the metropolis. This time around, however, Tiger Translate tweaked the creative process and came up with "Double Vision," for which four artists were each given photographs of Beijing to overlay with their graphic designs live during the Tiger Translate showdown.

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Michael Paul Young, Mojoko, Marcie Liu and Shadow Chen worked alone and in teams to apply their signature designs to shots of the city's iconic skyscrapers, landmarks and everyday street scenes. The results were wildly diverse, with some works exuding a comic book feel and others taking inspiration by the free form and colors of street art.

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While the artists did get to preview the photos, they had to design on the fly, cut-and-paste-style. Each round lasted 20-30 minutes and audience members could watch the whole process go down on big screens. In all, almost a half-dozen images were produced for the event.

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Tiger Translate's next events will be in Manila on 18 November and Sydney on 23 November 2011. To see more images, check out the slideshow below.

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