上海 Shanghai Video Mixtapes, China

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Shanghai Video Mixtapes, Francois Soulignac, China
上海 Shanghai Video Mixtapes is an anthology of music video-diary chronicling the daily life of foreigners living in Shanghai and a creative remedy for the melancholia triggered by a love separation. A video mixtape (VMT) is a stock footage movie consisting of clips from movies, television or home videos that are generally circulated as bootleg videos. Also called party tapes or video compilations, this phenomenon comes from the days of Betamax and VHS, when home editing and duplication became possible for the masses.





The story

Remember when we owned the city

This video project is the continuity of a my first series of video-diary started at the end of my adolescence in Paris in early 2000’s (watch a short selection of video archives). In 2014, I left Paris for Shanghai, following my girl and best friend named Craquotte, to study and develop my main commercial activities. The stock footage of those videos are daily snap-shots and videos archives of travel we did together, in China and in Italy. A series to remember our life in the Hai – when we owned the city, and a creative remedy to my melancholia after our separation.

Soundtrack of our life in the 海

The soundtrack of Shanghai Video Mixtapes is made with the music I liked at this very moment of my life, with some favorite musics of Craquotte as well. Some tracks are originals reworked edits, typical of the music I play during my DJ sets, as a hobby. Only short extracts are used to keep the track “virgin” and the video catchy like an old school radio jingle; that helps also to avoid too many copyrights issues on video and social platforms. During the production of the 4th