Solo Exhibition 2021
《无生命的原因》同名于卡尔·戈特利布·冯·温迪施于1783发表的关于土耳其傀儡机器人骗局的书信集。他以亲历者的角度一步步揭示了傀儡机器人的技术幻象。骗局被揭示后，傀儡机器人被收藏于美国费城的中国美术馆。因为一场大火，最终只剩下一片灰烬。Silas Weir MItchell写道“我们的朋友在离世前最后说的话，是不断重复地呢喃着, 西洋棋!西洋棋!” 而西洋棋在法语中有另外一个意思——失败。
For me, the making of works is an "action" of stretching out my hands against the world, a record of some indescribable emotion and sensibility, and finally reflected as a tangible entity. In this exhibition, the creative materials are mostly taken from my observations of daily life, political scenes, and artifacts in technical images. I am like a collector, integrating and remanufacturing information. Links are formed between works, one work draws meaning from another work, and transmits meaning to the next work.
The idea from Inanimate Reason was born in early 2021, and its present at bottom space is not the end but the process. At that time, many people were still in a state of isolation at home, and we all curled up in our own corner, indulging in the world of images. The production of Of the Presence of the Sun also started from that time. In my spare time, I will use cyanotypes on the windowsill of the living room to rely on the sun's rays to make a picture of the sun taken in space downloaded from NASA. Relying on such a traditional way of making images, the light of the sun leaves a little bit of tangible evidence in my life from the distant darkness. Variations in time, UV intensity, and pigment concentration lead to the ultimately variable results.
The original material of Into the Gorgeous Crush Of Everything also comes from NASA. It is a miracle that we can look at the sun in such a close-up way. I collected a large number of sun images and fed them into a generative adversarial network which is a way for artificial intelligence to generate image. Even though machine learning has the ability to generate image of sun that looks real enough to confuse people, I chose to capture the in-progress moment. While watching the video, you may still be able to hear the sound of my breathing, and the fire of burning the bushes. They reach every corner of this semi-open space in the form of sound waves.
Black Sun Under the Blue Sky and 23.13°，113.27° are another imagination and use of the image of the sun. The sun as a symbolic image has evolved throughout the history of the political landscape and has always represented supreme power. Dear, We Cannot Control It to Exact 20 Centimeters is a representation of power and natural life. Wild trees are felled and replaced with delicate saplings that require fixers; straight roots are produced and shipped everywhere as decorations.
Inanimate Reason is named after Carl Gottlieb von Windisch's 1783 collection of letters about the trick of Mechanical Turk-a deceptive automaton chess player. He revealed the technical illusion of the puppet robot step by step from the perspective of a witness. After the deception was revealed, the Mechanical Turk was collected in the Chinese Art Museum in Philadelphia. Because of a fire, only a piece of ashes remained in the end. Silas Weir Mitchell wrote that "the last words of our departed friend, the sternly whispered, oft-repeated syllables, chess! chess!" One thing to point out is chess has another meaning in French - failure.
《渐见万象》 Into the Gorgeous Crush of Evryhting 单屏视频 single channel video with audio 09’14”
《太阳印记》 Of the Presence of the Sun 绢布艺术微喷inkjet print on silk. 34 x 44 cm
sound performance in collabration with mafmadmaf and racing rain