With the Wind 2015 · It Is Your Call
56th International Art Exhibition | Chinese Pavilion
Curator: Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation
Duration: 9 May > 22 November 2015
Artist: Liu Jiakun
Team: Liu Su, Liu Ying, Wang Kailing, Wen Feng, and Yang Lei
Volunteer: He Shuo, Wang Mian, Chen Sanzi, and Luo Chenmin
A row of fishing rods fixed by the tree logs and arched by the swords hangs at the fore end; and it consequently forms an arcade. Due to the subtleness of the kinetics, the whole structure is balanced yet delicate – it moved and sounded by the wind. The delicate balance - A slight move in one part may affect the installation as a whole - is an illustration of the uncertain status that mankind in face of the future. Audiences are encouraged to share the views and write them on the note papers; then attach them on the sword with magnets. The notes can be collected day after day will finally form texts, which can be available later at our official website. Portable stools can be available at site. As a free and open space, the installation serves as an outdoor gathering place.
The Artist Statement
On the face of it, the installation can be described as – a row of fishing rods fixed by the tree logs and arched by the swords hangs at the fore end; and it consequently forms an arcade. Generally speaking, to construct an arcade is to overcome the gravity. The arcade here, however, is an effect of the gravity; which is unconventional. Differ from the physical objects of the installation; the gravity is invisible and intangible. However, it is one of the basic elements on which the world exists. The gravity is the inner logic of the whole mechanic structure.
The long fishing rod, as the arm of force, decides the limit of the balance. Rough tree logs at one end while slender swords at the other – a barely seen string connects the two parts. Due to the subtleness of the kinetics, the whole structure is balanced yet delicate - it is an illustration of the uncertain status that mankind in face of the future.
As an architect, building up a space to invite people in is almost my "intuition". This intuition distinguishes my work from general installations - a focus to attract people's attention. The arcade I built is rather a locus where people assemble and interact; it is where things happen. People enter a space as such already forms a dynamic of interaction with the installation. Audiences are encouraged to write comments on the notes and attach them with the magnets on the swords – they are the counterweights. Audiences’ action would break the balance and fluctuates the structure. The notes can be collected day after day and finally forms text as an extension of the installation. A butterfly can cause a hurricane by flapping her wings; likewise, an individual view can influence the future. The future is in your hands; it is your call.