** Edition of 100, bilingual (German / English). Text and photo accordeon by Christian Y. Schmidt and an aerosol. Original drawing by Hartmut Andryczuk ** When Christian Y. Schmidt returned to Berlin with the last flight from Beijing on 12 February 2020 to promote his book Der kleine Herr Tod, he felt like he was on a strange planet. In January and February he had already witnessed the pandemic measures in Beijing. With this knowledge advantage, he tried to warn his numerous virtual friends and followers in the social networks and the public in various daily and weekly newspapers about Covid 19. Coronavirus Updates Beijing is a very personal report about the epidemic months in China and contains an extensive epilogue.
"Almost deserted and completely snowed in, the park looks fantastic. Even on the red paper balloons still hanging in the trees from New Year's Eve there is a layer of snow, just like on the fountain sculpture with its many terraces in the middle of the park. A young woman also disregards the appeal of the authorities and builds a beautiful snow woman next to the fountain, with her legs bent and her arms wrapped around her. A few meters further on, a small boy, not wearing a mask, strikes another snowman with a stick, as if he wanted to punish him for something. He only pauses when he receives a call, via his cell phone watch. On the phone – we can listen, his loudspeaker is turned on – is his mother. She asks: "Are you wearing your mask?“ The boy lies: "Yes, yes, of course, I do." My God, I think, a little boy talking via his wristwatch during a global epidemic in a Chinese park to his mother, who is probably at home, and I am standing next to him. This must be a story a crazy science fiction writer came up with.“