I am an artist who recently traveled around China looking at the recent phenomenon of 'copy towns.' These towns are entire replicas of existing Western towns that are residential. Ask me anything.
I traveled with my collaborator, with whom I am now working on a film and book. On our trip we encountered three Eiffel Towers, two Tower Bridges, two World Trade Centers, and Hallstatt, an entire UNESCO protected Austrian town.
As well as looking at these towns we also explored China's relationship to copying in other fields. This meant we visited the Dafen Oil Painting Village (where 60% of the world's fake masters are produced), many shanzhai selling stores, an abandoned Disneyland-esque theme park, and we also interviewed Ai Weiwei.
We have lots of visual research here: http://ackerthompson.tumblr.com/
and we are currently promoting our project on indiegogo: http://igg.me/at/ackerthompson
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