EXHIBITION SYNOPSISAbout Cooland
Every afternoon at 4pm you can hear a woman playing the flute on the street in the ninth hutong. She sits on a stool, propping her sheet music on the seat of her scooter, and practices as though she was alone. You can hear the melody from fifty feet away--any farther and the sound is swallowed by the spectra of a rainbow.
"But there is no reason to place all our hopes in our children's, our grandchildren's future on a rainbow."
"We should do something to prevent another flood."
" Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly. "
The bricks, baked solid, are just few in number. They won't be enough. So the remaining wall must be lined with gray imitation brick.
It begins to rain, a sweet, precious spring rain.
“Cooland” is from Yesu’s novel: The Tale of an Oil Bottle, which he has been writing for a long time. In the novel, “Cooland” is a unique town, and some special visual device can be bought in the shops outside the town. The town is also a transitional place with the entrance in the width of only two cars. The town connects time and space that parallel to the earth:
I took off glasses and asked him, "What is this?"
"The eagle is still playing," he said, " Oh, I barely can say you are from LIZ. This is called “Thunder Glass”, the unique stuff from here, which is commonly known as the third eye. You can see 1/10 of the Niz through it!"
"That's right. You will be able to see not only images of your own fantasies, but also the others’." He said, "In LIZ, where you come from, the people usually only are able to see 1/200,000,000 of fantasy. But if you wear the thunder glass, you can see 1/10 of it."
"I’ll take a pair."
"It costs 325 Core."
“What is [Core]? I just come here and never heard of it. Is it something as your currency here?"
"It can’t be found on this street. You have to going into the town: Cooland, where you can top up the Core at the fruit stalls. But remember, there is no Thunder Glass selling in the town."
－ Yesu," The Tale of an Oil Bottle " (selections)
The exploration of "living" and the related "image reaction" is an expectation in the "Cooland" project. Fiction is only a beginning, Whom "Cooland" compares to is not the "village in the city", but the "town in the city” which is with a much more open space---Hutong. The control of city life by the capitalistic power is now in an attempt to accurately build a one-way allocation model. This subtle shift in energy allocation is also associated with the temporal behavior of the inhabitants. Under the double interference of intention and chaos, Hutong world, or the "Cooland" has been trying to balance between the public and the private, oneself and others.
"Hutong π" is a youth community located in the Dong si jiu tiao hutong. The project is supposed to mobilize the potential of the community thus we can expand the visual attempt for the state of the undifferentiated. By visual means, we want to replace the concept traces of the author, so we choose the way of using ordinary materials and documenting regularly to stimulate the initial experience between people and image world.