《墨水媒体》创作自述 陈劭雄/Artist’s Statement of Ink Media

 

那些被称为街头政治的抗议、游行和集会,围绕着各种城市中心广场,这种传统由来已久又借助今天的互联网而越发快速发展和传播,在各种社交网络中激活出一个个虚拟的广场:令人揪心的、巨细无遗的、追踪直播的、暴力血腥和前景未卜的场面。目击者和亲历者、在场和不在场的区别因每个人都代入由无数照相机打开的多视角眼界和随机切换的个人新闻平台中变的模糊也不重要,街头政治在网络媒体的承载下渗进每个计算机和坐在它前面的使用者大脑。

媒体是一种更加彻底的景观,并且在今天看来,它似乎比真实的、物质的世界更具生命力。曾经,画像比人活得更久,摄影比史书更有说服力,今天的Google之门打开着一个通向在时空维度更深更远的世界。视网膜感受的世界当然是不够的,玻璃镜片和数码技术所摄捕到的社会微观碎片正在通过互联网拼成一个全球政治的宏观全景,Facebook、Youtube直播着海量的人人都是时事评论员的报道。

生活在这个由媒体与现实的“打开这扇门的同时又关闭另外一扇门”①之间的我们, 媒体也是现实,而最牵动我们的又是那些透明的街头政治,它的视觉强度,它的动感和情节性,它与每个人隐藏在心中的能说和不能说的政治立场相关联。宫廷政治是隐蔽的,议会政治是半透明的,而街头政治才是完全的赤裸。

有着古希腊审美观的我,喜欢赤裸的东西。这就是我为什么要做“墨水媒体”的原因。

历时两年,在社交媒体中收集与创作同时发生的全球运动图片,我在平静的画室,外面是轰轰烈烈的世界。延用我这种图像和宣纸的叙事、相机和电脑的逻辑,这个作品是在与之平行的日常生活中通过互联网所看到的另一个世界。而我,依然是一个渺小的艺术家。

 

 

Oct 10, 2013

Artist’s Statement of Ink Media

Chen Shaoxiong (b. 1962, Shantou, China)

The so-called street political protests, demonstrations and assemblies can be found in various public squares. Such phenomenon has a long history and is stimulated and distributed by modern Internet and exerts on social internet a range of virtual images which are worried, detailed, live, violent and with unknown prospect. It hardly makes any difference for the eyewitnesses, the experienced, the present or non-present with the introduction of cameras and news media. With the internet, street politics is available in every computer and immersed in the mind of every individual in front of the PC.

Media offers a more penetrating picture, and has seemingly more vitality than the real and physical world from today’s perspective. At one time, portraits could live longer than the human being and photographs were more convincing than historical records. Google today opens a door towards a world deeper and further in both space-time and dimensions. The world we see is fragmented, but with the cameras and videos, the fragmented pieces of the world politics can be put together via the internet to form a comprehensive picture, such as the immense commentaries live broadcast on Facebook and Youtube. We live in a world featuring “ open a door and close another door” ①by media and reality, and media represents reality. The transparent street politics strikes us with its visual strength, vividness and dramatic content and links everyone’s concealed political standpoint which can or cannot be voiced. Imperial politics is implicit and congress politics semi-transparent and only street politics is real and in its original appearance.

With the belief of ancient Greek aesthetics, I myself love the things in their original forms, which explains my doing of “Ink Media”.

For two years, I plucked out and then created photographs of protests in different parts of the world from the internet. I did my work in my peaceful studio and out there was the vigorous world. I painted those images with ink on rice paper, reasonably faithfully but with the stylistic logic that the camera and PC offer and such works present another world in the view of the internet alongside the world in daily life. I, however, am still an insignificant artist.

 

 

 
 
 

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