All shadow puppets in a Chinese/ English book

book launch film screening bingo 7 may 2017 at LAB111 Amsterdam


The book ‘I’m a lone monk walking the world with a leaky umbrella’ contains two volumes in one cover:

An image volume with 160 pages of shadow-puppets behind rice paper and a texts volume, that can be read as brief biographical notes on each puppet, in both Chinese and in English.

The puppets where inspired by world events related to economy & anger happening during this period (DSK affair, pussy riot, Piketty, Trump, etc.) A timeline inside the cover of the book, puts these global events next to the development related to this project. Mockery of the powerful by the powerless, has always been part of the grotesque world of puppets. Also Chinese numerology is an important part in this book. In the Chinese language, homophones numbers are very popular. Homophones are words that have a different meaning, but sound exactly like something else (week/weak). For a westerner the number 514 says nothing special, but in Chinese it could mean “I want to die”.

In modern society numbers stand for the most rational way of thinking. Argument are won with numbers and not with reason.

In this grotesque world of shadow-puppets numbers have become totally irrational.The book contains a list of numbers-homophones with their meanings in English.

Also two short essays from Shuyu Chen (instituted for provocation) and Annie Katsura Rollins on more than 2000 years old shadow puppet theater.
Graphic design; Arthur Roeloffzen
Numerology, English and Chinese text from Serge Onnen, Shuyu Chen en Annie Katsura Rollins
Self-published together with Institute for Provocation, Beijing/Malmö
750 copies (incl. Special edition of 20 copies with framed shadow-puppet)
160+24 pages
ISBN 978-91-983934-1-5
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