A Scene · Being / 场·动词

- by Fan Xi 范西

For this presentation at Black Sesame Space, Fan Xi attempts to blur the boundary between artworks and display space, casting aside the pressure of ‘sense of artwork’ and the sophistication of an exhibition experience. Instead, she is dedicated to capture the constantly changing and vanishing relationship between human, temporality, space, material, and image. A ‘scene’ here refers to both a site as well as a panorama, that is associated with a variety of dynamic relations.


In Fan Xi’s works, particularly the series of All Beings, the photoflash functions as an extended human organ that captures the time, and the object beyond the visible range of a naked eye. The scratch, fluidity, reflection, and solarization are a series of disturbing factors that tears apart the unknown that is hidden in darkness, seeking access to transcend the linear time and physical narrative, which would allow the viewer to access beneath the set up of an image. This is a kind of control between keenness and violence. In this exhibition, Fan Xi will continue her ‘manipulation’ of light by integrating it with the space. This methodology could be considered as an externalization of modern photography, in which light plays a crucial role of imaging and sets the conduct of the spatial experience. Therefore, it is not only the presentation of images but also a process of generating them, with the engagement of man and light. In this way, images are no longer understood as a medium for the reproduction of reality, but as a field of carrying changeabilities that requires the agency of light to liberate their vitality.

激发研究所将呈现范西个人项目《场 · 动词》。在这次芝麻空间的展览中,范⻄尝试模糊作品与展示空间的界限,抛开“作品感”的压力与既定的体验方式;试图捕捉人与时间,空间,材料以及图像之间不断变化、消失的关系。“场”在这里既是场域也是图像,关联着所有变化着的动态的关系。


在范西的作品尤其是《All Beings》中,闪光灯好比人身体延伸出的,在肉眼可见范围之外捕捉时间和物体的器官。它所制造的划痕、流动、反射、曝光过度, 像一系列不安因素撕裂隐藏在黑暗中的不明物,寻找一个跨越时间秩序与表象叙事的入口,进入表面以下的场域。这是一种介于敏锐和暴力之间的控制。在这一次的展览中,范西延续了对光的“操控”并将其运用在空间之中,这样的处理像是对现代照相技术的外化, 把光线作为成像的重要因素,引导着空间体验。因此,展览不仅仅是在呈现图像,也是一次图像生成的过程, 由人和光在空间中的介入而产生。图像不再被理解为一种复制现实的媒介,它们变成了承载变化的场域,需要通过光线的作⽤释放其生命力。

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