For two months, Yang Licai will be living at our place while we're away. His work is difficult to classify; he calls himself a "noiser" and indeed he makes noise both literally and figuratively as a sound poet, social sculptor, activist, poet, and performance artist.  You can read more about him here:


Yang also ran SugarJar, an experimental performance space and record shop in Beijing's 798 Art Zone. The saga of SugarJar's closure and destruction by 798 authorities and the subsequent jailing  of Yang and his friend Wu Yuren (Yang was detained for ten days and his friend was beaten then imprisoned for ten months) made international news. Here's Yang talking about what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myE0QCIUWMY

And an article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/world/asia/09beijing.html?_r=0

We met Yang in Germany, where he was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. His projects and our conversations about walking were instrumental in dreaming up the Architecture for Travelers project.