北京好球 / The Balls of Beijing

2017年2月 - 3月 / Feb - March, 2017
艺术界 43期 / Leap issue 43

编辑导言 / Editor's Introduction:

在一个现代国家里,民众对本国文明中理性程度的自豪,可能会比身份认同带来更强的凝聚力。然而今天,高度发达的社会理性,在一次次暴恐袭击面前表现得越发脆弱和被动。这很容易让民众对民族国家的认识走向简单的身份认同—对于任何一个依靠现代意识建立起来的国家而言,对社会理性的摧毁都是在民众意识层面遭受的结构性打击。刘辛夷的作品对北京各个地铁站的防爆球做了实地走访,勘查和统计—如同一个公务员一样—核查这些处在待命状态的公共设施,而且用图像的方式强化了它们被伪装起来的形象。这些器材的功能不仅仅是维护公共安全,更要为充分的国家认同提供安全保障—比起公众的人身安全,它们似乎更有理由隐蔽在安全的地方。

In any modern country, a people's pride in their cultural rationality may be a stronger bond than their identity. But in today's highly developed world, social rationality has become increasingly fragile and passive in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks. As a result, this can easily force people's views of their own countries to revert to ethnic identities. For any country founded on modernist sensibilities, the destruction of social rationality is a fundamental attack on the social consciousness. Liu Xinyi visited the bomb suppression devices in all of Beijing's subway stations and-like a civil servant on inspection duty-documented these public pieces of equipment on permanent standby. He then intensified their camouflage through imagery. These devices not only serve to protect the people, but also protect national identities. When compared to the safety of the public, these bomb suppression devices seem to have even more reason to hide in a safe place

---宋轶 Song Yi ( Translated by Frank Qian)