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Untitled – Song of The Lakebed (stills)

2014, Singer Channel Video, Color and Sound, 7min 10sec

 

When I travel in Geneva, I caught sight of a swan by Lake Geneva. The swan dipped its head into the lake over and over again in search of food, and a while later raised up to inspect its surroundings. This scene reminded me of a repetitive movement during my creation. Therefore, I intentionally projected the swan’s each plunge into the lakebed onto this film, and mixed it with video and audio materials I have collected while travel in different places. It might be a tune (“Mr. Sandman”) played on a loop in an elevator at a certain art museum, a scene taken at a bar in Los Angeles Chinatown, a seagull diving underneath the San Francisco Bridge, the window scenery I shot while riding Shinkansen from Tokyo to Atami, or the view and sound taken at the Central Park of Chiang mai Moat. Thus, I have projected onto this swan as an artist, the capture of raw materials, the repeated test of my inspiration, as well as my thinking, gesture, and posture. Like what I wrote for the beginning of the film, “The moment is again and again/ Raise the head and look/ Or explore and silence.”

 

无题——湖底之歌(视频截图)

2014,单通道有声彩色录像,7分10秒

 

当我在日内瓦旅行时,在莱芒湖边看到一只天鹅,它频频的将头扎进湖水中搜寻捕食,之后又翘首观望,这个画面让我联想到了在创作中一种重复性的动作姿态,于是我将这只天鹅每一次扎入湖底的探索蓄意投射在这部影片中,并混入了我在不同地区旅行时的拍摄的影音素材,例如,一段来自瑞士某个美术馆的升降电梯中反复的播放的曲子(“Mr Sandman”)、在洛杉矶唐人街一个酒吧里的场景,或者是旧金山大桥下飞翔而过的海鸥、在东京乘坐新干线时拍摄的沿途的风景、清迈老城的中央公园等等的影像与声音素材。

我将艺术家在工作中对于捕捉素材、测试灵感,并思考与行为上的动作和姿态投射在这只天鹅身上。就像影片开头出现的一段文字,“这是一个频频翘首与沉默探寻的时刻”。

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