Chen Tianzhuo’s Picnic

Stoned astronauts, neon lights and religious iconography combine in this artist's striking works, on display now in Shanghai

An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the headgear. He sits between two flags, between two philosophical mantras: the Latin motto, “Ordo ab chao” (meaning order from chaos) …

Butterscotch Records

The new label celebrates its launch with cuddly theremins and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen on white vinyl

The newest record label on the New York circuit is Butterscotch Records, the brainchild of seasoned engineer and producer Allen Farmelo. For its launch this month, Farmelo (now a label head) combined forces with contemporary artists, a designer, a gallery in Soho and electronic instrument company Moog Music—giving the sense that Butterscotch Records is pretty serious, and pretty unique. CH visited the Judith Charles Gallery …

Stocktown

Sweden's international video magazine focuses on Africa's vibrant and diversely creative scene

The Web 2.0 era has allowed unprecedented access to self-publishing in music, writing and videos. While this democratization of communication has both drawbacks and benefits, it’s safe to say the amount of content to sift through is staggering. To avoid getting bogged down in viral cat videos and other popcorn for the brain, look to Stockholm-based video magazine Stocktown and its global team of editors, …