Wen-You Cai, founder and director of Special Special, opened her first solo photography exhibition along with a Special Special pop-up at MGM Macau Resort. The exhibition was accompanied by the release of her photo book "Rooster, Tiger, Sheep by Snake." The exhibition featured a collection of 175 photographs of her family, mostly on film, in black and white and color photographs, taken over the span of a decade through travel and jet-lag, at work, on vacation, and at home.
Over a 6-month residency at TX Mall, Special Special hosted a series of workshops, events, and product launches surrounding our relationship to nature. Shanghai locals were invited to participate in a plant residency with their houseplants on display in our curated pop-up space. Selected events included an eco-tourism art project with Shanghai artists 0135 - Travel Service.
Custom design for a set of jacket, bag, and hat and packaging, incorporating Cai Guo Qiang’s artworks, that were gifted to VIP guests at the Palace Museum exhibition of Cai Guo Qiang’s Odyssey and Homecoming Exhibition.
Cyber Garden inaugurated the pop-up space at the new Museum of Art Pudong. Inspired by nostalgia for early millennial internet cafe culture, Special Special activated the museum with a 2540 sq ft installation that featured digital projects from artists around the world, including Sebastian Masuda. The retail shop is outfitted with custom furniture designs, fusing pastoral nature and cyberpunk, and merchandised with playful art editions and custom products created for MAP.
For TANK Art Festival, Special Special created a Plant Adoption Bureau where visitors can take home a small but special houseplant through a heart-warming adoption process. Special Special also hosted a meditation hour where participants were invited to bathe in a botanical sound experience to recharge before going back to the bustling festival.