The interview with critical thinker/artist and former banker I-Wei Judy Li was made in the kitchen of the former Staalplaat shop on the Flughafenstrasse in Berlin, Neukölln. There is mention of the upcoming Olympic Games in London which gives the talk a faint historic aura.

I-Wei was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada with her younger brother while still in her teens: A father who loves ballroom dancing,  grandmother and an arranged marriage, being a banker in Kenia, belonging to an astronaut family, Obama as grandma, where are the big leaders, why did women stop wearing hats early in the 20th century, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and ghosts eating dust, living in London, I-Wei’s short movies and the notion of power. The interview goes from U-turn to U-turn, until…

The listener gets to know I-Wei as a critical thinker in a short lecture on the value of art. Gentrification and artists not being rewarded for the abstract values they add to a neighborhood become the main and finishing theme of the interview, conducted by Adrian Shephard and Rinus Van Alebeek.

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