_________ by PUI PUI IP

Dear Mr. George Orwell,

 

How did you predict the future when you wrote 1984?

It is happening.

 

“Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy everything. Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always -- do not forget this, Winston -- always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever.”

 

I am so terrified and worried when I know it might be happen in my hometown. I can’t believe how powerful it can be to destroy one’s mind; therefore I decide to write a statement to tell the world the fear I face.

2+2=5 , I hope this day will never come.

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How to make a dictionary illegal? by PUI PUI IP

How to make a dictionary illegal?

This is a question that came to my mind when I read about the Newspeak in 1984 by George Orwell.

According to The Principles of Newspeak, Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.

Extracted from Part 1 Chapter 5, “Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.”

If Newspeak is real, what will happen to our dictionary? What will be shown if we look up a vocabulary in Google translate? How does it limit our thought? How powerful is language?

Take ‘good’, for instance. If you look for synonyms for ‘good’, you will have acceptable, splendid, excellent, exceptional, favorable, great, marvelous, positive, satisfactory, superb, valuable, wonderful, nice, pleasing, spanking, super, superior, worthy, admirable, agreeable, commendable, deluxe, first-class, honorable, neat, precious, stupendous, super-eminent, super-excellent, tip-top, more and more…….   In Newspeak, you only have ‘good’, or ‘Plusgood” or doubleplusgood” for stronger version.

Which one would you prefer to express your real feeling? Would you still say “good” if you meet a super rock star Keanu Reeves?

We have a beautiful array of words to use, each giving us the power to describe our feelings, desires, and queries to the world around us in millions of different ways. Language impacts the daily lives of members of any race, creed, and region of the world. It helps us to communicate, to learn and to understand our cultures and peoples. It is so beautiful to see how people use the words, using words to craft the ideas. Words, phrases and metaphors, they have meaning, they speak something important, they inspire us. Without them, we will not able to ponder and meditate, we lose depth and warmth. Word is art.

How to make a dictionary illegal? Never ever think about it.

Why do I ask question? by PUI PUI IP

Why do I ask question?

Because I have no clue and I have to seek for the answer.

 

How heavy is cloud? 36-72 bathtubs water. How heavy is dark cloud? 150,000 school buses. How heavy is the Queen’s crown? 75 servings of cotton candy. How fast to take travelling around the world? 417 days non-stop walking. How far away is the moon? 1,700 years by scooter. How far can leopard jump? A length of a lorry truck. How fast does an elevator run right through the center of the earth from one side to another side? 2 weeks. How slow does sandpiper fly? You can beat it. How much calories does a large male killer whale need a day? It could have 500 bars of chocolate. How fast is light? 8.5 minutes to cover the distance from the sun to the Earth. How heavy is hippo’s brain? 3.5 pounds of its 10,000 pounds weight. How strong is rhinoceros beetle? It can lift up to 850 times its own bodyweight. How big is a blue whale heart? It is the size of mini cooper. How heavy is an elephant? 900 small poodles.

 

Thanks Jan Van Der Veken for telling me the answers in his illustration book “How big is big? How far is far?” Yes, some can be measured with an exact number, but some cannot.

 

I asked myself, “ How to write an Honest thing in a Dishonest way?” It might sounds nonsense, but it is worth thinking about this question. I was encouraged to write honest things if I want to be a good writer. But then what is honest? Honest is something true from your heart, but what wrong with dishonest?  Fine, what is dishonest? And what is dishonest way? What is the relationship between behavior and thought? What is the cost of dishonest? Why do I have to be a good writer? What is good writer? Why do I need an answer? Why does it so important to me? How does it become my art practice?..........……..

 

Am I weird to ask questions? No, I am not. Hans Ulrich Obrist has a handwriting project on Instagram where he invites artists to ask us a question.

Question 1 by Eten Adnan: Why did God create a world so hard?

Question 4 by Faith Ringgold: Where is art going?

Question 7 by Marina Abramovic : Who creates LIMITS?

Question 11 by Loz Johnson Artur : Who owns privacy?

Question 13 by Stephen Shore: When valuable cultural norms disintegrate, can they ever be reestablished?

Question 16 by Luchita Hurtado: What are we going to do to stop extinction?

Question 18 by Riekrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the question.

 

Asking and thinking about the question is interesting, but do I have to find a solution when making art? I don’t know. Typing “How” in Google and it comes up with “how to train a dragon”, well I wish to have a dragon too.

Play with my balls by PUI PUI IP

With the theme of “ Super conceptual”, 20 artists brainstormed together, aiming to present an exhibition in a conceptual way. But what is conceptual? According to Tate Art term, Conceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art object. At the beginning, we followed the traditional rule/setting of a traditional gallery supposed to be, but it was BORING and it did not work well. We played with the moving walls, we tried to experiment the spacing. We moved the walls like puzzle game and accidentally created the smallest gallery inside the Triangle space right at the door. It might sound hilarious but we were all excited about it. At that moment, we realized that it might not be so important to figure out how to show all of our art pieces in the best way, but enjoy the process of exploring how we can play with the gallery space.

 

But is it too extreme? What is the concept of this smallest gallery? OK, let’s think it over again.

 

“Think about how to make a show interesting!”

 

“ What do you want to do?”

“ I don’t know……….. How about doing something different?”

“ What do you mean? Example?”

“ Um…ceremony? Or play sports!!!! Let’s play badminton together!”

“Sport? Can you talk more about it?”

“ I mean I seldom see artists playing sports in campus, they always hide in studio. It would be great if there’s opportunity for them to relax and exercise, and it is interesting to see artists playing sport too.”

“I love SPORT”

“Okay!!!! Good! Let’s do sport!!!!”

 

I admitted I suggested this idea and I was proud of it. While usually an art gallery is regarded as a holy place for artists, we conversely transformed it into the lowest-budget recreation ground for both artists and audience. Imagined that we artists collaboratively performing contemporary sport, we believed that it would be a fun and extraordinary show in the year. We redesigned the space, divided the courts and equipped the gallery with professional sport facilities. We had so much fun in the process; every students and staffs passing by were amazed how the triangle gallery can be functioned in an unexpected way. On the show day, it was a huge success because we enjoyed.

 

Despite having fun, we kept questioning what is our purpose? How does it relate to our individual practices? What do we want the audience to get from it? Shall we bring back our artworks in the gallery? Can we consider sport as art? Yes, we can. Sport performance is performing arts, similar to theatre drama, musical, the crucial point is that sport is created uniquely by the performance and the event itself, it does not follow from the implementation of a script. Sport is drama without a script. It creates its own drama. Sporting events act out most basic features of the human condition, and the way they do this is marvellously self-creative. [1]

Ka lan, one of our participating artists suddenly reminded us with a remarkable answer: “Instead of bringing artworks to an art space, we bring a gym into an art space.”

 

YES, this is our answer!! And don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the process.

 

 


[1] Sport — Viewed Aesthetically, and Even as Art?  Wolfgang Welsch

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Triangle Space @ Chelsea College of Arts

Triangle Space @ Chelsea College of Arts

How to be a Pure Beauty? by PUI PUI IP

To look for the answer, I went up to the library.

Luckily I met him.

I asked.

He answered,

“ Art poses questions, it does not provide answers.”

“Well……Can you talk more about it, please?

“ Are you sure? I am quite talkative.”

“Yes, please.”

“ Play is about freedom. But it is also about the freedom to get it wrong…to pursue one line of action, only to discover that the consequence is far distance from our intention. Anything is up for re-examinations. Something maybe a rule because it works for somebody, but it may not work right now for you. To test those boundaries of what is possible requires a playful spirit as well as a subversive one. Write a new rule and then break them again, this kind of play- laughter, subversion, inversion, tomfoolery-is both ancient and modern: a permanently available defense against all attempts of social authority and power. I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex. I always compare what I do to the work of a mystery writer- you don’t want to know the end of book right away. What a good writer does is give you false clue. I prefer that kind of game. E is for Embarrassment. F is for Fun. Given the choice between an elegant idea and a dumb idea. I am going to go with the dumb idea. If the curator or critic’s job is to read the visual language, the artist’s job is to speak it fluently and eloquently. My work does not give you statements to be understood or appreciated, but intermittently reduces convoluted ideas to fundamental questions, or present us with “ maddeningly complex” puzzles to be decoded. The goal of art should be “ to be simple as flashcard”- in a straightforward, uncluttered way. If it’s not fun then why are you doing it? Push and enjoy themselves. Art is made by people- that it has a social aspect. The importance of going your own way; you are your own gyroscope. Do not knowingly repeat art history, why do something the outcome of which is already known? Your personality will come out in the work regardless – you don’t have to worry about “expressing yourself”. Simply keep the problematic work around the studio, to keep looking at it everyday and at some point, it might be a year later the missing ingredient will occur to you. Keep digging. I will try not to make any more boring art; and I will suffer in the process. I think when I’m doing art, I’m questioning how to do it. Along with a propensity for art-historical references, I like to explore and test the conventions of everyday life. What is my fundamental questions of art and life: When are things just what they are and when are they different than they are? I wrote something and rewrote it and rewrote it, so it has a certain kind of rhythm, and yet they just see, very offhand. I think artists are more sensitive to boredom and artists are better finding a way to kill their time and so they make art. I make art because I can’t get enough escape from boredom out of life. Look for the truth implies that there is a truth. If we weren’t looking for a truth, maybe we wouldn’t be frustrated. But I guess we can never get rid of the idea that there must be a secret of some sort. And so I want that to built in too. Humanity, generally speaking, too involved in making itself the measure of things, too caught up in its own concept of order. What is not there is as important as what is there. I like to give a bare amount of information that doesn’t asphyxiate the piece. When I fail, I have to taken away too much. When I succeed, there’s just enough to activate the mind but not enough to provide completeness.

WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN IT, EVEN THOUGH IT IS A LIE.

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Yes he was quite talkative and I nodded.

But my question is how to be a beauty.

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Dear readers,

I bet you just scanned it without reading it seriously, right? It’s alright. Tell you the truth, I yawned when I typed. If you didn’t, come to me and I will give you a thank you hug.

 

And I will not tell you who is he, GOOGLE it if you are curious.

Have a nice day.

Letter to Maurizio Cattelan by PUI PUI IP

Dear Mr. Cattelan,

 

I am one of your followers of your Instagram page. I am so excited with your single-post approach “ The Single Post Instagram”, as you will delete the post regularly, another new post will go up. Therefore, I always look forward to your updated one of the kind post show up in my feed by chance. Your post is irrelevant but hilarious, I bet you must be a funny person with great sense of humor.

 

From your works, people think you manipulate and make fun of reality, but you think that reality is far more provocative than your art. You said, “ You should walk on the street and see real beggars, not my fake one. You should witness a real skinhead rally. I just take it; I’m always borrowing pieces - crumbs really - of everyday reality. If you think my work is very provocative, it means that reality is extremely provocative, and we just don’t react it. Maybe we no longer pay attention to the way we live in the world.” It is particularly true when we don’t feel pain and get used to these ridiculous things that happen to us everyday. Andy Warhol also said “ I used to think that everything was just being funny. But now I don’t know. I mean, how can you tell?  I can’t tell if a person is just being funny or if they’re really crazy.”

 

We are being FUNNY or really CRAZY?

 

“Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg.”, a speech made by Haruki Murakami reminded me.

As a “funny” or “crazy” artist, which side should I stand with, a wall or an egg? What is my role? What is the value if I make works to confront the wall?

Again reading your interview with Barbara Casavecchia, I might have some clues:  “Everyone knows that artists don’t change society. Artists take part in the process of information. If artist only do cubes, then everything the world will know about art is cubes. But if artist tackle different subjects, these start to get into differential dialogues regarding the nature and circumstance of art. Maybe this doesn’t change the world, but at least it changes the context, where one has a chance to experience it in unexpected ways.”

 

Mr. Cattelan, thank you for your inspiring works which always try to touch upon themes that are meaningful to everyone.

 

Best,

Puipui

Jan 2019

MAURIZIO CATTELAN  UNTITLED  TWO ENVELOPES MIXED MEDIA WORK

MAURIZIO CATTELAN

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