黄河&康斯泊蒂姆河 / The Yellow River& The Kunstpodium T River

2016

​河水、培养皿、泥沙、影像 / river, culture dish, sediment, video

雪山的攀登以及大学周末的徒步露营,给了我很多接近自然的机会。我会觉得自然是有思想的。雪山上终年不化的积雪、到消融、汇成源泉直至成为奔腾入海的江河,这之中不断的有新的水注入、有蒸发,横穿整个中国。打一个不恰当的比喻,她一定是一位历经沧桑,有说不完的故事的长者。河水每一个状态、在每一段河段也许所思所想都会有所不同。

I got the insprition from my two experiences of climbing snow mountain. I chose the river as a carrier. Spring melt from snow mountains, pass through the ground and crowds, finally blend in the ocean. What a charming process it is! I made efforts to reflect the state of each reach and let the real river water to tell her story to visitors.

我选择了黄河,在地图上选择了8个地点(由于时间和气候等原因只完成了四个点),从黄河源到入海口,不同的省市。我在每一个地点取一瓶河水,并记录下这一整个过程。我想通过肖像的形式去向观众展示这条河流。然而不是摄影的方式,而是通过实物。就像我展示一位人物的肖像,不是她的照片,而是让她亲自坐在展厅面对观众一样(玛丽娜阿不力莫维奇有一个与观众对视的作品,我在一则其纪录片里看到,印象很深)。只不过她是一条河流。

 

The reason why I want to present the Yellow River is because she is the mother river of Chinese people while they may be not familiar with her. I planed to collect samples of the river water in eight different places of different provinces of the river. Due to limitation of time and season, I actually got the samples of four places during the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River.

计划 / plan
内蒙 / Inner Mongolia Province
陕西&山西 / Shaanxi&Shanxi Province
河南 / Henan Province
山东 / Shandong Province
四瓶河水 / four bottles of river water
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期间我也一直去挖掘我的素材的可能性。我用不同的河水去培养微生物,这是一个很有意思的实验。这个时候我想到一个最终的展示方案,过去一直拘泥于“黄河”,这是一个很强的符号,一条河就有万千个表象,那么我该如何去定义她,如何去定义她是“黄河水”。是因为地点?她太长了,到底哪个地方才是?还是都是?我把河水从她身边带回到厦门,现在就在我的宿舍,我的面前,它还是“黄河水”吗?是因为河里的泥沙吗?因为含沙量大以致于河水呈现黄色,所以我们称之为黄河吗?显然并不是每一河段的水都是黄色的,小浪底的水清澈见底,假若我把泥沙从河水里分离出来呢?所以,仅仅是因为水本身吗?那么过滤之后的河水和自来水有什么区别?也许它还有很多来自那个地方的微生物,所以,在她体内生存的生物能否证明它是“黄河水”呢?我不知道。
 

After the first stage, i discovered more possibility on optimizing how to present my work. My work would be on display in the Netherland, which meant that its audiences were from completely different cultural background. Thus the strong symbol of the Yellow River in China would make no sence, and I decided to give up my original plan. I wanted to expore the theme about how to define the four bottles of water from "the Yellow River".

The Yellow River is too long, but when I brought some water back to Xiamen, its it still the water of the Yellow River? We call it the Yellow River for its yellow water which is attributed to a mass of suspended sediment. However, the river in Henan Province is very clear. If separating the sand out the river water,, is the filtered river water still water of the Yellow River? Also, is there any difference between the filtered river water and tap water? Maybe there are a large number of microbes in the river water, so can these microbes prove that it is the water of the Yellow River?

那么,这就是最后的方案,这只是一个问题。我展示了河水培养的微生物照片(因为担心培养皿出不了海关,就用照片展示)、过滤之后的泥沙以及过滤之后纯净的水。这几瓶水还是黄河水吗?

 

然而这样不够。如果我可以拆分,我是否可以去创造?展览结束后,我搜集了展馆内的灰尘,每一位观众都会在进入展区的时候带来一些不知从哪里来的灰尘。我把它们投入一瓶清水中,我称这瓶水为康斯泊蒂姆河的河水(The Kunstpodium T River,这个作品的展出就在名为The Kunstpodium T的画廊)。这是一条不存在的河流,然而我用我的方式去组合创造了它的河水,我觉得这是一个很有意思的实验,如何去定义一条河流?

 

I took advantage of samples of each bottle of river water as culture medium to cultivate microbes, and then separated sediment from the river water. In the exhibition, I displayed the filtered river water, the sediment, photos of microbes in the culture dished (for I was worried that the culture dishes could not go through customs), and a video recording the whole activity.

However, the displayed work was not the final production. I had split the river water into different elements, thus could I reorganize them into one? Every audience would bring some dust into the gallery when they came into it. I collected some dust after finishing the exhibition, and mixed it in the filtered river water. I named it "water of the Kunstpodium T River" (for the gallery's name is the Kunstpodium T). I created an fictive river in my way.

creating river
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