Liu Chengrui

Qinghai

Abstract

I was born in Qinghai province. After college graduation, I moved to a place by the Qinghai Lake as a volunteer teacher for the first time in my life. There, together with 182 children I initiated a life-long commitment with 10-year cycles. Last year (2016) marked the end of the first 10 years and I met with them again, continuing as a ritual into the second phase of the story. My speech is about the first 10 years of this story, which touches upon topics including ethnicity, religion, geography, emotion and time.

 

Background of the story:

I had my photograph taken with each of the 182 pupils from Wanquan Primary School in Gangcha County, Qinghai Province. We each held a balloon and each photograph has been preserved along with a strand of each pupil’s hair. On the reverse side of each photograph is a signed agreement stating that a reunion in 10 years’ time is expected, and that another photograph is to be taken and another strand of hair is to be collected then from each of the pupils who remain willing to participate in the performance. This process of repetition is to continue until the end of my life.

 

Between 2005 and 2006, the artist served as a volunteer teacher in Gangcha County by the Qinghai Lake.

Bio

Liu Chengrui (“Guazi”)

Liu Chengrui was born in 1983 in the Amdo Tibetan region in Qinghai province and was raised in a semi-nomadic family. He currently lives in Beijing. His works take the form of on-site and off-site performances, videos and texts etc. His on-site performances highlight extreme repetitive experiences of the body in a specific space and time. His off-site performances investigate interpersonal relationships that are established for an artistic purpose on the basis of identity and cultural equality between him and his various collaborators, shaping each other’s life and social characters. Most of his off-site works last for the duration of his lifetime. Most of his writings are poetry and are produced in an oral style. He has independently published two anthologies of his poems “So The River” (2013) and “Which Way To The East” (2014).

青海

摘要

我出生在青海,大学毕业后第一次以支教的名义到青海湖畔生活,在那里我与182名孩子发起了10年为周期延续一生的约定,去年(2016年)是第一个十年,我又跟他们见面,这个故事有了第二阶段仪式性的延续。我的演讲是关于这个故事的第一个十年,会涉及到民族、宗教、地域、情感、时间等。

故事背景:

2006年5月始延续中……

我和青海海北刚察县完全小学182名小学孩子合影,留发,定十年为周期的约定。并与下一个十年能够见面的孩子留影、留发、定十年之约。以次往复,直至自己生命结束。

2005—2006年艺术家在青海湖畔刚察县支教。

简介

刘成瑞(刮子)1983年出生于青海,成长于半游牧家庭,现居北京。艺术作品涉及行为现场、非现场行为、影像、文字等。行为现场强调在特定时间和空间中身体的极致重复体验;非现场行为探究人与人之间因艺术建立起来的关系,在保持与不同合作者身份和文化平等的基础上,塑造彼此的生命图景和社会人格,多数此类作品延续艺术家一生;文字以诗歌为主,偏向口语写作,独立出版个人诗集《于是河》(2013)、《何路向东》(2004)。

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