Secret Sleeves
by Ying Cheng


The system is inspired by popular guest-book culture in indie coffee shop's circle in Beijing. Messages in guest-book range from debating social affairs and academic issues to sharing art and life trivia. The guest-book is the epitome of the world of Chinese martial arts, 'rivers-and-lakes. The project intends to bring messages in guest-book into a wider influence and create a new 'River-and-lakes'. The movement relies on two parts, a secret message in the cup sleeve and a message machine. The system is micro and informal postal system to connect indie coffee shops' communities where diverse subcultures and voices grow in.



Visual Studies Seminar, GSAPP @ Columbia University Spring 2021 – taught by Lexi Tsien & Jelisa Blumberg – work by Erin Biediger, Matthew Brubaker, Ying Cheng, Mark-Henry Decrausaz, Cameron Fullmer, Gene Han, Jean Kim, Maxim Kolbowski-Frampton, Jacob Li, Urechi Oguguo, Keneilwe Ramaphosa, Jordan Readyhough, Emily Ruopp, Hannah Stollery & Sarah Zamler.