Photo of the day: Uncanny 33EMYBW Style


Our photo theme this week is Fashion Frontiers: fabulous looks at the far edges of contemporary Chinese culture.

In addition to being the bassist of Duck Fight Goose and a talented solo musician, Wu Shanmin — better known by her online handle, 33EMYBW — is also the creative director of Zuczug, a progressive Shanghai fashion label. Her own personal style is wildly eclectic, and is but one element of her absorbing, bewildering, sometimes kinda terrifying Instagram game:


33 made the photo up top as part of the process for designing the cover art for Medusa, her debut EP, released this month by Beijing label D Force Records. She tells RADII:

The cover art is also like a creature, on a beach, or near the sea. The EP has three tracks: “Medusa” is a reference to jellyfish, “Rana” means frog, and “Yama” is an underworld deity. I think of all of them as kind of water-related, and those are the kinds of creatures that I like. I like reptiles, I like insects, I like spiders. I think they share an aesthetic similarity to machines. They’re highly organized, even though they’re a lower species or a lower level of creature.

Read our full interview with 33 and her partner Han Han here:

Bugged Out: The Humanoid Machine Music of Shanghai Artists Han Han and 33EMYBW

Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a US-based writer and musician, and RADII's former Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, MIT Technology Review, Artsy, Bandcamp Daily and more. He's been active in China's underground music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and is a former member of Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS, and Vagus Nerve.

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