who is the DIRTY PANDA SOCIETY?
Dirty Panda Society* is an international creative collective, made up of individuals from various creative industries from around the world. Founded in 2014 by Adrian Tyus and Andong Zheng while attending university together. Originally the pair wanted to establish a platform foundational in pro-community initiatives for non traditional artist (especially those living abroad), providing spaces for artist visits, talks and group exhibitions in the greater Shanghai area. Over the next two years the team would expand networks to London, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Berlin, Austin and Portland, initiating a variety of exhibition campaigns within a multi-disciplinary concentration. They’ve chosen to tackle societal constructs in a creative way from advocating new design approaches for rural regions whilst encouraging sustainable values and energy literacy. By doing this, Dirty Panda Society or DPS hope to bring about awareness to relevant themes that shape each of our conceivable realities.
With hard work and surreal dedication, Adrian has been breaching goals through screenwriting, producing, community activism, multi-media design, and youth mentorship. He studied Film at Columbia College in Chicago, IL. before transferring to Tongji University (Shanghai, China PRC) in 2014.
Co-producing a narrative documentary film in 2010, “Quien Soy” which featured local artist and philanthropists from the DFW area . The documentary received national recognition and screened at the Texas Black Film Festival in 2010.
Adrian is currently in post production on two feature documentary projects, a behavioral case study “Operation: Resurrection” (includes feature key community influencers, educators and artist from his hometown community of Saginaw, Michigan but also surrounding areas like Flint, Detroit as well as Chicago, Dallas, Wilmington Delaware and St. Louis Missouri)”Sunwudian” which takes place in China’s Anhui province will reveal the stories of local villages dealing with disenfranchisement and the constant gamble with conglomerated interests. Both project are set to be complete sometime summer 2018.
David The Inventor
David specializes in many mediums, and has carved a niche in the creative industry with clients such as Chinese medicine practitioners, Buddhist retreat centers, and has been through agencies working with clients doing all sorts of things. David also puts in significant studio time daily and performs live music and shows art frequently.
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David has an incredible drive and strong will to work with others who share a similar burning drive to do really important work.
Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, right now I’m a freelance designer based in Shanghai. With computer technologies, photography and the use of softwares, my intention is to add a little wild imagination to this boring normal reality world.
I am always curious about new methods, technologies. 3D projection mapping technique caught my eye while I was in Edinburgh. Also called as video mapping, this technique is widely known for projecting computer generated imagery onto three dimensional objects other than flat screens. It causes illusions, adds movements to still objects and therefore is perfect for creating dreamy effects. My final project – Digital Alice came out of a desire to experiment with innovative ways of making fantasy horror film with visual effects displayed by projection mapping instead of post- production.
The aim is to answer one question: is there any reasonable cause for applying projection mapping to film practices?
Architecture graduate with an interested in cityscapes and urban development. Currently living in the UK whilst working with a construction company focused on regeneration projects for local communities. During her studies, she traveled to China and carried out an urban analysis to Kunming, gaining an interest in development projects and experimenting with 3D modeling software such as Sketchup and Autocad.
Abraham Mellish Jr.
They say the people who exhibit the most kindness understand the true sting of pain. Abraham Mellish has seen a lot in his 23 years, after surviving the atrocities of two civil wars in his home land of Monrovia, Liberia. He migrated from Liberia through the dense forest of Côte d’Ivoire to Ghana and on to United States of America. Music became a substitute for a new beginning. Influenced by sounds Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Lucky Dube, and Fela Kuti, Abraham developed his own sound, combining western Folk, with Funk, blues and an African pulse. His music creates an atmosphere of community telling the story of his heritage from an encouraging and inspirational perspective.
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With a background in wildlife ecology and science education, Lauren has always brought passion & creativity to the high school science classroom. A dedicated educator, she spent several years in south Florida nurturing the next generation while helping them become more aware of the impact they have on the world around them. And while she enjoyed being a positive influence in the lives of students in the, her heart yearned for something different. Unable to ignore the craving, Lauren eventually found herself in China where she continues to radiate love in the classroom. When not blowing minds with science, she often indulges her creative side through writing or her first love, music.