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赖志杰|表左实右浪漫激进忧郁保守勤勉地上无政府精致利己主义


"赖志杰,怀疑论者,写过最经典的句子"年青人决定未来 but not now",喜欢玩团队合作的网络游戏,对个人英雄主义感到厌恶。目前在深圳。" 文/黄河


问:黄河

答:赖志杰


1. 请形容一下你的创作方向和兴趣。

因为我很懒,所以我都是在尽可能地做一些简单的影像创作,或者非常非常省力的行为。


2. 你的出生地是目前的居住地(深圳市)吗?

是的。


3. 你目前的创作和居住地有怎样的关系?

深圳是个移民城市也是"艺术荒漠(大家都是这么说的)",我的童年听得最多的一句话是"深圳速度"。但我也不能完全算是"深圳人",因我居住的地方属深圳关外,在过去进出市区要检查身份证,导致我和住在市区内的深圳人对"深圳"的认识不尽相同甚至完全相反,譬如我会认为深圳是一个没有活力的城市,大家都是暴发户;但我在市区里的朋友认为深圳是一个充满活力的城市、生活观念更前卫。直到现在我也对深圳感觉很陌生,长辈们会说在这里没有不可能,努力就会有收获,我时常在想这样的日子是不是已经成为过去了。深圳比邻香港,我也很喜欢香港的艺术家,记得第一次在电视上接触到当代艺术就是节目在播放白双全介绍他的《摆放在家中的海平线》。我喜欢粤语的幽默感,大家都说周星驰的电影一定要看粤语的才好看,我很赞成。我觉得我作品里有点搞笑的成分的原因源自这里。


 

白双全|摆放在家中的海平线

2004


"我在维多利亚港的地图上画了一条横线,横线一共穿过五个海岸。我在每一个海岸收集一樽海水,每樽海水的高度都是一样。我把五樽海水平放在家里,出现了一条连续的海平线。"


4. 在你的创作中,生活的每一个细节都包含着政治的意味?

是的,譬如作品《you pay you vote》的缘起是我在网上看到一篇文章标题:你所花的每一分钱,都在为你想要的世界投上一票。点进去后发现原来是一篇写"把钱花在合适的地方让自己活的更精致"的鸡汤文,和我对标题的理解完全不同,但我觉得我的理解比较有趣,就尝试在每次消费时转变心态,把手里的钱想象成选票,为改变世界作出些微小贡献。如果简单的钱银交易也可以这么伟大,那么生活的每个细节都包含着政治的意味。


5. 你会观察、抵抗还是吸收生活中对你进行塑造的力量?

吸收,与其说吸收不如说无力抵抗,能够抵抗的人应该可以名留青史。


6. 在你看来影响生活的力量有哪些?

人的力量,有的人可以只手遮天,有的人要很多人一起才可以有所改变。


7. 你认为我们目前所处的环境多大程度是和平的?

一般和平,不和平的事逐渐被忽视了,新闻每天都在报道不和平的事,但感觉离自己很远,加上网络令所有事情都娱乐化,就逐渐忽略了。我问了身边的朋友,他们都说现在很和平,可能我还关心着地球另一边的事情,所以说一般和平。


8. 有哪些你印象深刻或忽然想到的句子?

"一定喺,除非唔喺。(一定是,除非不是)"是我网上认识的香港的朋友的口头禅,我觉得很搞笑。


9. 你认为你的创作是愤怒的吗?

不是,我希望我的创作能引人发笑。


10. 最希望他人了解你哪个/哪些作品?

《ARTIST》问卷,那段时间我觉得自己有社交障碍,我想知道是不是其他人也会这样子。


11. 如果可能,你希望向观看你作品的人提出哪些问题?

"我有个问题想问下你就是你有没有问题想问下我?" 



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"Lai Zhijie, a sceptic. The most classic he wrote, quote: "Young people decide the future, but not now". Sick of personal heroism and loves playing co-op online games. He's now in Shenzhen." Text/Huang He


Q: Huang He

A: Lai Zhijie


Q1: Describe a little bit about the focus of your artistic creation and interests, please.

A: I am a lazy person, therefore, my works are basically about simple image creation, or something that is not energy-consuming at all.


Q2: Is your birthplace also your current residency (Shenzhen)?

A:Yes.


Q3: How are your current art works related to where you live?

A: Shenzhen is a migrant city, also known as "the Barren Land for Art (publically acknowledged)". "Shenzhen Speed" was the most-talked-of expression that I've heard of throughout my childhood. I am not exactly a Shenzhen local, for my home is located outside the city. In the past, we must have our ID examined before entering the city. As a result, unlike the locals who live IN the city, I've developed a different, or even totally opposite, knowledge of Shenzhen. For instance, I think of Shenzhen as a lifeless city, that everyone here is new-money; whereas, my friends who live in downtown think of it as a vibrant city with energy, a trend setter in life style. Even up to these days, my feelings toward the city are rather strange. The older generation believe that everything is possible here, and you'll harvest as long as you try. I'd constantly wonder if this is no longer true. Shenzhen sits next to Hong Kong. I like Hong Kong artists very much. I still remember my access to contemporary art on TV was watching Pak Sheung Chuen introducing his work "The Horizon Placed at Home". I appreciate the Cantonese sense of humor, and I couldn't agree more when they say the Stephen Chow movies must be watched in Cantonese. I guess that's where the funny genes in my works come from.


 

Pak Sheung Chuen|The Horizon Placed at Home

2004


"I drew a horizontal line on the map of Victoria Harbor. The horizontal line went through five coasts. I collect a bottle of seawater from every coast. The seawater is of the same height. I put the five bottles of seawater at home. A horizon emerged."


Q4: Is it true that every single detail of life is political in your works?

A: True. Take "You Pay You Vote" as an example. This piece of work was inspired by a title I read online: "Every Cent You Spend Is A Vote to the World You Dream of Living In". As I clicked on the title, it turned out to be a chicken-soup-for-the-soul article on "how to spend your money in a reasonable way so that you can lead a exquisite life", which was nothing like what I had in mind. Somehow, I think my interpretation on the title was way more interesting. Just think of your money as a vote, and every time you spend it can be a tiny contribution to making the world a better place. If a simple money transaction could turn out to be such a grand cause, then every single detail of life is political.


Q5: Do you observe, resist or absorb the power that moulds you?

A: I'd absorb it, or rather, I am powerless to resist it. Anyone who can resist that power shall go down in history.


Q6: In your mind, what kinds of powers influence life?

A: Human powers. Some people are powerful enough to influence the world; for others, they will have to join hands together to make a change.


Q7: In your mind, is the place we are living in peaceful?

A: It is peaceful in general. Some unpeaceful events have been gradually overlooked, while news on unpeaceful events are being reported everyday, but they all seem so far away from us. Plus, the internet has turned everything into entertainment, consequently the unpeaceful elements just keep fading away. I asked some of my friends, and they all agreed that this is a time of peace. I've also been keeping an eye on what's going on on the other side of the world. Therefore, I think it is peaceful in general.


Q8: Is there any phrase that impresses you deeply or just pops in your head?

A: "It must be so, unless it's not". It's a catch phrase told by a friend from Hong Kong I met online, which I find very funny.


Q9: Do you think your works are angry?

A: No. I hope my works make people laugh.


Q10: Which piece(s) of works of yours do you want others to know of most?

A: The questionnaire from "ARTIST". It was the time when I felt that I was socially dysfunctional. I wonder if this would happen to others as well.


Q11: If possible, what question would you like to raise to your audience?

A: "I got a question for you is that do you have any question for me?".


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做鹰不做鸡,无酸纸艺术微喷,80x62cm 

Be An Eagle But Not Chicken, giclee on acid free paper, 80x62cm

2016


我用图像编辑软件把一只鹰的头替换成一只鸡的头。

I replace an eagle's head with a chicken head by PS.


 

问卷,数码打印,A4 

Questionnaire, digital print, A4

2016


艺术家在日常生活中会遇到的事。

Issues that an artist will occurred in daily live.


 

You Pay You Vote,单频录像,彩色,有声,2'55"

You Pay You Vote, single channel video, color, sound, 2'55"

2016


在资本主义全面胜利的当下,或许我们的每一次消费,真的在为我们想要的世界投票。

Under the total triumph of capitalism, maybe every time we consume is truly a vote for the world that we want.

 


Ripaim,单频录像,彩色,有声,8'03"

Ripaim, single channel video, color, sound, 8'03"

2017


分享我在游戏里的高光时刻。

It is to share my highlighted game time.




赖志杰生于1992年,2015年毕业于广州美术学院。他时常在想,"我们"在五十年后,面对彼时的高新科技,是否会比我们父辈第一次见到电脑、网络、智能手机时更为从容。他作为与互联网一同成长的一代人,互联网所带来的知识普及让他拥有足够的信心面对下一次技术革新。他大部分时间坐在电脑前,享受网络带给他的一切,他的创作并不百分百基于网络,他通常是将在网络上看到的图像与他平日当中的想法结合,他并不十分关心网络到底是什么,而他更关心我能在网络上看到什么。在网上他感受到比现实更现实的现实,正是"虚拟"这一天然的属性,反而令他能更直接地遭遇他人的现实。在他的作品中,有他在网络上算命的文本,下载的奥巴马的就职演说录像,搜索引擎里找寻的"戴珍珠耳环的少女"们……他将在网络上看到的频繁出现的图像作为作品的主要面相。它们成为图像的基础。


Lai Zhijie was born in 1992, graduated from Guangzhou Academy Of Fine Arts in 2015. Lai is always wondering that when we face a new high-technology revolution fifty years later, whether we can take it easy, rather than have huge shock like what his parent generation did when they first saw computer, internet, and smart phone. Lai has his faith in facing that revolution pleasantly because he as a generation growing up with internet experiences constantly updated high-technique through surfing internet everyday. Now he spends most time on Internet and enjoys the popular cultures Internet brings to him. Instead of answering what is internet, Lai's works focus on what he can see while surfing Internet. In Lai's mind, Internet as a virtual world is more authentic than reality. He can experience what people suffer through Internet daily news or random pop-up webpage. Thus, his works have been referred to fortune-telling website, Barack Obama inaugural speech, searching the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring in browsers…The frequent-shown images on Internet are always chosen and used as main elements in his works.