Reactivation (character art)


I’m planning a trip to the Shanghai Power Station of Art, and I couldn’t help but notice (and appreciate the cover design for a book called Reactivation. Can you read what it says on the cover?

(You’ll need at least an Intermediate level of Chinese to know the words, but even a high elementary-level student should have learned most of the characters, in theory.)

OK, to prevent anyone from getting too frustrated, here’s the Chinese:


I’m looking forward to seeing more Chinese creativity at the Power Station of Art.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Power Station Of Art is pretty cool! And I’m pretty damn happy I could read the 重新发电!

  2. Never would’ve seen the 发电.

  3. Been there on the opening ceremony as a journalist. Some art-projects are pretty amazing! Didn’t like Russian exposition at all (except big plate on the main building).

    Don’t miss the secret dark room with fog and lasers. Pretty cool.

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