Lying in Gardens 謊園

Lying in Gardens, 2016
Two-channel video projection, color photos
144(H) x 258(W)cm, 144(H) x 258(W) x 4(D)cm

installation view at CFCCA: http://vimeo.com/224838353, 3min8s
installation view: http://vimeo.com/181485000, 1min24s




















A radius of two thousand seven hundred fifty-five square kilometers, here are coastal hilly terrains submerged with little flat land. It is said that here the world contain two sides. One, they are phenomena like sunrise and sunset; animals exist, decline and propagate. One, they are human systems, orders and values.

What are the rules within the radius (*ambiguous meaning in Chinese: radius means squares and circles)?

I have once regarded circles as intermedia across both worlds for re-looking at inevitable conflict. Fans create breeze; ceiling lamps look like moons. Civilized living circumstances trigger natural imageries. Are they poetic, or desperate?

The more artificial squares, from sharp edges of buildings, organized cityscapes, symbols of authority and objects, to a variety of indoor and outdoor use of space by partitions. How many borders of authority and urban strategies about manipulation of human behaviors from the authority can be revealed? In such stereotypical living model, how flowers, grass, birds and insects exist to be part of the phenomenon and the whole backdrop?

The radius, squares and circles, are gardens telling lies. Grass and ponds surround official buildings; urban or rural puddles staying on official roads and space, may both reflective sceneries be respectively identified? In the turbulent days, we bring along each ID card and passport in a luggage again and again, between civilization and wilderness, between reality and imagination, back and forth.


方圓二千七百五十五平方公里,這裡是受到海水淹沒的多山地體,亦屬典型濱海丘陵地勢,山嶺多平地少。有說這裡蘊含兩種世界。一種是太陽照常升起,動植物生死循環;一種是人類文明訂定的階層、價值與社會結構。

方圓內是甚麼規矩?

曾以圓形作萬物的中介穿越兩種世界重新審視不可避免的矛盾,就似電風扇送清風;天花燈像圓月。文明景觀勾起的自然意象,到底是詩意的還是絕情的?

更人為的方形,從鋒利的建築邊線;齊整的都市景觀;到象徵權力的標誌及物件;以至室內外空間各種用途的間隔方式。縱橫交錯的直立山境,當中揭示多少權力的邊界和當權者操控人類行為的謀略?在如斯現代生活的規範中,花草蟲鳥是如何存活,並構成現象及背景的一部分?

方圓在現世是懂說謊的園地。綠草池畔環繞官方建築;都市抑或鄉郊的水窪都滯留官方道路及場域,能否反照可區隔出來的景象?亂世裡,我們一再攜同身分證明和行李箱,在文明與原野之間,在真實與想像之間來回往返