Oyaji Uke

Detail from the Japanese BL fan comic Birthday Animal by Akou Susugu (Scanlated into English by Vices and Devices) In this story Tiger has a dildo-like tail (a birthday present from Bunny) which gives him sexual energy but also seems to have a life of its own. I produced a zine for the Parasite Exhibition… Continue reading Oyaji Uke

New short video, narrated by my doll, Zaphy.

Here my latest video a about a visit a doll museum in Kyoto, the home of SuperDollfie dolls owned and managed by the Japanese company Volks. The video is based on an actual special visit. It is called Visit to My Half-Blood Sisters and narrated by my own doll Zaphy, who belongs to the enemy brand Pullip … Continue reading New short video, narrated by my doll, Zaphy.

Schizoid with Vocaloid

I continue   my search for people’s virtual characters and end up following cosplay photographer Francesca. We meet at the old communist factory-turned-art-district “798” where they have also preserved one of the old Chinese coal trains. Francesca uses this setting to take photos of her good friend Phoenix.  Phoenix here is doing the  girl character of the virtual singers from the voice… Continue reading Schizoid with Vocaloid

Earthy and Dirty

I just arrived in Beijing at Renmin University where I will give a talk about animation fans and how they use alter egos and virtual siblings, or even entire imagined clans and families. I want to find out how and why they fantasize about alternative families and how they deal with pressures of the bio-family. But what are the first impressions… Continue reading Earthy and Dirty

Love My Others

Excerpt about love from my previous interview with Beijing costume player Francesa. Francesa’s photographs can be found at hybridre.deviantart.com/gallery F=Francesca, or Hybridre, Cosplayer and Photographer K=Katrien, Interviewer C=Carol, Translator/Interviewer C: Can I ask a question? Assuming that you and your lover are both cosplayers, when you cosplay two characters in love with each other, would… Continue reading Love My Others

Extraordinary Dresscode 8-9-10 december, CityU and Videotage

SYMPOSIUM City University of Hong Kong 8-9-10 december http://www.english.cityu.edu.hk/ExtraordinaryDressCode The Extra / Ordinary Dress Code Symposium brings together scholars, writers and artists from diverse nationalities and disciplines to address the subject of fashion in its aesthetic, cultural, ritual, social, performative and historical dimensions. (Photo: cross-dresser Maggie Leung and friend) ******** EXHIBITION The Rest of Us… Continue reading Extraordinary Dresscode 8-9-10 december, CityU and Videotage

Urban Nomad Film Fest (Taipei) Goes Cos

My Japanese doll complex movie is playing in a film program about ‘Cosplay,’ (costume play or animation and J-rock fans who dress like their favorite characters) organized by the Urban Nomad Festival Let me confess right here that my movie would have been a flop without the support of Sean Hsiao, who introduced me to… Continue reading Urban Nomad Film Fest (Taipei) Goes Cos

Reunion with Friends, Maids, Dolls in Japan

I just returned from Tokyo and Kyoto where I took hundreds of photographs and shot about 5 hours of video.  You can access the photo galleries by clicking on the links in the text. First of all the trip was a reunion with my friends from Boston, Shujen Wang and Chris Fujiwara–and their super cute… Continue reading Reunion with Friends, Maids, Dolls in Japan