Art project,Jingdezhen jiaozi  / 艺术项目,景徳鎮餃子

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To me, art is to express a social, philosophical, or political question. We are living in a period of diversity and pluralism. I am interested in the whole entity of human beings and what is happening around the world.  Art does not help people as medical science does, nor does it offer spiritual support as religions do. But art may make people think, realize and act.

 

The way of recording and storing information has changed dramatically in the last 30 years and digitalized methods have become mainstream. Analog methods such as using ink and paper become old-fashioned and we may use them only on a very special occasion. 

In the field of photography and film, recording material and technology have changed from time to time. And some of the old format systems, such as home videotapes from the 80S, cannot be operated easily today. The progress of imaging technologies seems to neglect its past system which includes our precious memories.

 

Jiaozi can be one of the most common food in China. It is found even in the three-kingdom period (220 to 280 AD) and there are several variations in shapes, ingredients as well as cooking styles. 

Every family has their own specialties when they make jiaozi. It is “family taste” that is “input” in his or her memory and can remind them of past events such as talking with a grandmother or eating jiaozi at home…… Jiaozi is a kind of memory device that recalls your past and evokes emotions when you look at it.  If I could present thousands of ceramics jiaozi, what would it remind people of? And if the jiaozi comes from Jingdezhen China, which is the most well-known ceramics town, what would it remind people in the world? Most probably, it would start with one’s memory, ceramics history, or JDZ local culture.  The jiaozi project can be interpreted in various ways.  It has questions but not answers. It may be shared with people who find it. Certainly, it does not demand “agreement”. However, the project may invite people to consider some of the issues which are related to ceramics tradition, Asian culture, and the value of making today.

 

An art process is very bizarre in a way. If there is something that I want to talk or explain, it would be easier to verbalize or write. Obviously, no need for colors, shapes nor objects at all…  But I am aware of my nature that using a language of visual sensations enables me to express “something” which is intervening between the reality I observe and the imagination I have in my mind.  What I am looking for is not often an art form that appears from skills or techniques but an existing “raw shape or image” which can translate my undercurrent as well as unconsciousness.

Kazushi Nakada

对我来说,艺术就是表达一个社会、哲学或政治问题。我们生活在一个多样化和多元化的时代。我感兴趣的是整个人类的存在和世界上正在发生的事情。艺术既不能像医学那样帮助人们,也不能像宗教那样提供精神的支持。但是艺术也许会让人们思考、意识和行动。

 

在过去的三十年里,记录和存储信息的方式发生了巨大的变化,数字化方法已经成为了主流,类似使用墨水和纸张这样的方法已经过时了,我们也许只会在非常特殊的场合使用它们。在摄影和电影的领域里,记录的材料和技术一直在发生着变化。一些旧的记录格式系统,如八零年代的家庭录像带,在今天已经不容易被操作使用了。成像技术的高速进步使得它过去的系统被日渐忽略了。

 

饺子是中国最常见的食物之一。它从三国时期(公元220年至280年)就存在了,并且它在形状、食材和烹饪方法上都有着不同的变化。

 

每个家庭所包的饺子,都有着其独特性。那是一种“家的味道”,在他或她的记忆中被“输入”,可以重唤起他们对往事的记忆,比如与祖母的交谈或在家里吃饺子的情形。饺子类似一种记忆点燃装置,当你看着它时,促使你回忆起过去并且唤起你内心的情感。

 

如果我能够把成千上万的陶瓷饺子呈现给大家,会让你们想起什么呢?如果饺子来自中国最著名的陶瓷之乡景德镇,它会给世界带来什么启示呢?最大的可能性是始于一个人的记忆、陶瓷的历史或者景德镇的本地文化。它可能会导致人们思考当今社会中的生活,制造的价值或一些更重要的问题。饺子这个艺术项目可以用不同的方式来解释。它有很多种的问题,但没有答案。它可以分享给发现有相同问题观点的人。当然,它也不强求观点的“一致”。然而,它可能会邀请人们考虑一些与陶瓷传统、亚洲文化和今天制作的价值有关的问题。

 

在某种程度上,这个艺术的过程是非常奇异的。如果有什么我想说明的事情,用语言表达或写出来会更容易。显然,我根本不需要颜色、形状和物体……但我意识到我的天性,使用视觉感觉的语言能让我表达介于我观察到的现实和我脑海中的想象之间的“某些东西”。我所寻找的,往往不是一种从技巧或技术中显现出来的艺术形式,而是一种现存的“原始形状或图像”,它可以转化我的潜在情感倾向以及潜意识。

中田一志