microResidency#63 Liu Chengxiu

“Greed”, by Liu Chengxiu. 4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition at Four-Face Space Art Center. Luodai, Chengdu.

Saturday 5th July 2014. 3-5 pm.

Liu Chengxiu’s microResidency was carried out in parallel with other two microResidencies. It’s part of the Project 4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition, which took place at Four-Face Space Art Center of Luodai, Chengdu (China) from 4th to 6th July 2014.

Resulting artwork is part of an exhibition at the space quoted, that will be opened from 13th July to 26th August 2014

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Proposal (text sent by artist)*:

“Theme: Greed, touch, human nature, envy

Materials: Human body (breasts, hands, faces, and so on). They may be true, and fake. Money, some daily supplies, different skins, hairs or some things rarely seen.

Implementation process:

Build a little half closed space in my space, (before the exhibition), materials and volunteers in it .The little space is all sides, and two holes on two sides, which just fit for one hand stretching into it.

Write the “name” of the objects inside beside the holes. Let audiences choose which one to touch, and let them guess whether it’s true or not.

The other two sides of the space will open up 10 or more little holes.

Put some hairs and something rare in it and write some words beside the holes (it says “Everyone has got 2 chances to touch.) Let audiences stretches into the hole and shoot their expressions, and body language, gestures of hands .Final, edit those fragments into a section of video, play it on the day of the exhibition, and set the same space in the gallery, let audiences to experience this.

Meaning: Greed, people cannot get enough, they always want more even though they’ve got everything. Greed, envy, desires, curiousness. Greed has various excuses, just like evil.

This is a kind of an experiment too, people get curious when they face something they don’t know, and they feel the new things by touching them. And it needs to judge whether it’s true or not. And things we choose to touch are things we hide in the daily life. I want to know how people react too. If they only got two chances to touch in the gallery, they might be more curious. And what if people only get tactile impression in life, would all the things be true?”

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(Pictures: Eric Yang / Carmen Soriano)

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4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition is a project organized by Espacio Islandia, Four-Face Space Art Center, teachers and students of the Fine Arts College of Sichuan University. It is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Beijing, Instituto Cervantes in Chongqing, Chengdu Longquanyi Distrit of C.P.C., Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of Longquanyi District in Chengdu.

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*Original text:

主题:贪心、触摸、人性、猜忌

表达材料:人体(乳房、手、面庞、其他部位)有真有假金钱、

一些日常用品、各种皮肤毛发或者其他少见的东西。

表达方式:在展出之前需要提前做准备,在封闭的大空间中心建

立一个半封闭的小空间,小空间内是之前准备好的材料和要进行

活动的志愿者。小空间总共有四面,其中两边都有洞刚好可以放

进一只手的宽度,在每个洞口写上里面的东西的名称。让观众自

由选择索要触摸的东西,然后伸手进去摸触摸,让他们猜测真假,

另外两面是开十几个外表雷同的小洞口,里面放上一些不同的皮

肤毛发或者一些日常见不到的东西,让人们去触摸,同时在旁

边写上每个人只可以有两个的触摸机会,在此期间用摄像机记录

他们的微表情,和身体的整个动态,同时还要记录下他们在箱子

里手的动态,最后通过剪辑成一段身体动态和微表情的录像,在

展出的当天同时放映,同时也会在现场准备一个一模一样的空

间,让现场的观众来感受参与。

意义:贪心、人们总是生活在不满足的状态下,拥有了一样便想

拥有更多,人的本性里本该就有贪念、猜忌、欲望、好奇。就好

像各样罪恶一样,贪心也有百般借口。

这也相当于是一个实验,人们在面对未知的东西时,都会充满好

奇,只凭触感的来感受自己所触碰的东西,还需辨认真假,每个

人的思维都不同,每个人的反映也会不同,而其中而我选用所要

触摸的大部分也是人们日常生活中一直存在,却又暗于隐藏回避

的。我也很想知道人们只凭触觉来感受这些日常生活中的东西时

会有怎样的反应和想法。也很想看看在可自由选择触摸的物品

中,选择的机会只有两次,人们又会对什么更为好奇。如若,人

们没有双目,生活的一切只能凭触觉来感受,那它的真假是否能

够辨认,那它们是否都会同样拿得上台面,不用回避。

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