墨水东西/Ink Things,自述/Statement

 

在“时过境迁”这个成语中时间(时)和物质世界(境)被对应起来,代表着我们对世界的理解和感悟。对于我来说,它们有如佛教中色与空的问题。这个问题在不同的时代和生活环境中所呈现的意思往往有很大的差别,就像谈论“速度”的概念一样。在做录像作品的时候,我通常不知道一个镜头该短到什么地步才叫短,而与时间相平行的生活,如何才能被真实(完全没有遗漏)地记录?被这些问题困扰很久之后我终于决定用相片来做录像,一个静止的画面应该是时间的最小单位。为了把物随时流的最大流失量在有限的三分钟动画中做到最大量的收集,而又把这个最小的时间单位在我的记忆中做最长的停留,所以就发明了这些流程:快门、相片、打印、水墨、再拍摄、编辑、声音、最后形成动画。但是,这些作品是动画还是非动的画?在对这些作品的解读中图像的连续性制造的到底是单个事物的运动,还是记忆的运动?事实上《墨水东西》不是一般概念中的动画,它几乎和呼吸一样不知不觉地把周遭的事物一一罗列。这是我这近四年来所创作的系列“动画”的基本想法。第一集《墨水城市》是转瞬即逝的城市印象;第二集《墨水日记》是日常生活与国际时事的无序并存;在这第三集《墨水东西》里,我想表达的仍然是时间和物质的传统命题。景物的消失中我们感受到了时间形状。一本护照、一个水龙头、一个胸罩和一本艺术杂志有什么样的关系?混乱的记忆也会随着时间的流失而消失。而宣纸对照片的复制,刚好能让我在这个过程中暂时抓住它。

 

 

In the ancient Chinese idiom “Circumstance change with the passage of time”, “time” is corresponded with “circumstance” (i.e. the world of material), this idiom represents our understanding , sentiments and realizations upon the world. To me, it is like the “material world” and “vacancy” in Buddhism, the understand of their relationship changes by the time and environment one lives at, like the study of the concept of “speed”.
When I was making the video, I’m often hesitated to decide the time length of one clip (how short should one clip be), and how to record the real life that passes parallel of the time without missing anything. After being confused for a long time, I decided to make a short video by photographs, because the still scene (a photo) is the shortest unit of time. In order to gather the the maximum “runoff” of the material things that passes with time, (i.e. to put as many as possible things into this three minute video), and last these shortest time unit in my memory as long as possible, the process was hence invented: shutter, photos, printing, ink painting, photographing, editing, music, and the animation (the video).
However, is the video an animation, or is it the gathering of still pictures? Is the continuity of the pictures a movement of each single item, or a movement of the memory? Actually , Ink Things is not the “animated pictures” in the common sense, it is the enumeration of the “stuffs” around us without any conscious arrangement, as natural as out breath. This is the fundamental concept of my four years’ production of the video series. The first one Ink City is the impression of a fast changing modern city, the second one Ink Diary is the unordered coexistence of the trivial daily life stuffs and the current international affairs, in the third one Ink Things, I still want to express my own idea on the discussion of the time and the material. We can feel the shape of the time through the disappearance of scenes and items. What are the connections and relationships among a passport, a water faucet and an art magazine? The chaotic memory will eventually fade away with the passing away of time, and the rice paper’s copying of a photograph, enables us to grasp the memory for a moment.

 

 
 
 

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