月亮对白 （Dialogue）- 2020
关于孤独感的描述，尼古拉斯·博瑞奥德（ Nicolas Bourriaud )所言很有启发，他说：“孤独的感觉从来不是用“ 1 ”的存在，而是用 “ 2 ”的缺席来表示的。” 这次我引入Siri，也正有此意，不过通常而言Siri是一个没有感情的技术之物，但是中国的古诗对我而言又是那么一个充满情愫的事物。我独自一人站在杜塞尔多夫的莱茵河边的沙滩上，与Siri对读《春江花月夜》，虽然Siri的声音如此的冰冷，但我的心却像一团滚动炙热的花火。
My work was partly inspired by an ancient poem written over one thousand years ago. When you read out the first half of a well-known poem to the Chinese-version Siri of your iPhone, she is most likely going to read the second half. So, I created the work “Dialog” by using this function. In Dialog, I am holding an iPhone and read poems to Siri. More precisely, I am reading one verse at a time, and Siri will give me the second verse, so we are chanting ancient poems back and forth. I chose “Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (Moonlit River In Spring)” by a poet from Tang Dynasty, Zhang Ruoxu. First of all, this poem is about wandering nostalgia, and I am, too, one of the many students who are far away from home.
Secondly, it is an artistically great work, which not only has touching details, but also incorporates a broad view of the cosmos. I wanted to be connected with this great work of art, just like what the poem has depicted, "江畔何人初见月，江月何年初照人 (Who on the riverbank sees the moon first, and when did the moonlight shines on people for the first time?)." The poet, standing on the riverside, was not thinking about himself, but wondering who of the many lived in this world, saw the moon first. Soon, his thoughts soared up to the universe and imagined how the first beam of moonlight shone on the face of a person. Such unrestrained time-space view is something I want to be connected with artistically.
Nicolas Bourriaud gave some inspirational note on loneliness by saying “The feeling of loneliness is never represented by the ‘1’,but the absence of the ‘2’. This is exactly why I introduced Siri. But Siri is just a indifferent technology, yet I am often emotionally attached to ancient Chinese poems. When I was standing alone on the riverside of Rhine in Düsseldorf, chanting “Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye” with Siri, my heart was like a ball of steaming sparkles in spite of Siri’s cold voice.