Maojia Wang is a Chinese student studying in the United States. Her photographs point to different moods that many students feel: peace, loneliness, humor, hope, openness, affection, fear, and a sense pf impermanence. From a Whiteheadian perspective these subjective forms are the internal spice of life. They are as real in their way as are physical objects in their ways. They reveal the emotional side of the creative energy -- the qi -- that are life itself, as y lived from the inside.
The short film produced by Maojia Wang and You Tian is at the bottom of this page. The film was created in response to a contest in which students were required to produce a film no longer than three minutes. The film is humorous in tone, but the subject chosen by Maojia and You is quite important: the fires of female Friendship.
At JJB we believe that the fires of female friendship can have a unique beauty of their own: sexual, emotional, intellectual, spiritual. Male to male fires can also have their beauty. In the house of satisfying relationships there are many rooms: male to female, male to male, female to female, and female to male.
Ulimately, though, the very dualities of "male" and "female" do not really do these relationships justice. If we cling too tightly to words like "male" and "female" we fall into the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, forgetting that no person is person is reducible to something called "male" or "female." Each person is unique, and each relationship is unique. In the uniqueness -- in the incomparable suchness of each and every living being -- there are emotional mysteries which which are more than all the world's abstractions added together. Perhaps you can sense some of this mysteries in the images below.