无效基因/Amorph

第一章:夜潮未发 / Chapter Ⅰ: Before the Night Tide

第二章:伏流与暗火/ Chapter Ⅱ: Undercurrent and Dark Fire

第三章:蜘蛛之丝/Chapter Ⅲ: The Spider’s Thread

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無效基因/Amorph

胡天源

Amorph即无定形基因,也被称作无效基因,因为突变后无法产生被预期的功能而被视作无效。这个项目试图探索日常生活的异化、他者性以及身份的游牧。整个系列总共分为三章(第一章:夜潮未发;第二章:伏流与暗火;第三章:蜘蛛之丝),从第一章到第三章就是一个个日常场景从熟悉向异化逐渐递进的过程,从人生成非人,从黑夜出发经过白夜最终再次潜入黑暗。

摄影师总被认为是一个隐藏在镜头背后的局外人,然而每一段画面都不可避免的成为一种自传。这个项目正是一本异化的自传,因为它的中心不是“我”,而是“我”的丧失。当我在凝视着这些景象之时,我也同时在凝视着我自己,而每次镜头的举起,都意味着一种生成他者的时刻。

这个世界和我之间一直有一种不可化约的陌异之感,无论身在何处,我总是感到像一个异邦人,永远在游牧。我打量着每一个熟悉稳定的情景或概念,试图应对其中的不安分和离奇;同时我又总是作为一个他者,试图识破我的身份,然而这种无法消除的木僵让确认变得不可能。

现实就是隐喻和转喻,是空白的象征符号,更是不可穿透,所以这些摄影不应当被归类于幻想。在某种程度上,这些图像永远无法被恰当的分类,因为它们所描述的正是有关一个未分类和模糊窈冥的液态地带,我无意讲述一个故事或表达一种判断,我只想展示一张光谱,创造新的感知和感官。

从出生前,我们就开始被权力规训,只有符合标签的才能在系统中被给予一个位置,而真正的自我只能被建构为他者,作为一种异化存在。人们总是倾向于将系统之外的存在归为异常,但我相信感知事物的最好方式就是去理解它的异常状态,疾病和变异能告诉我们关于生命的什么东西?幻诞又能告诉我们关于真实的什么东西? 而也许探寻自身的唯一方法,就是描绘并走向自我的异化。

 我用“无效基因”来象征这些非系统性的感知,安稳日常下的隐秘异变,以及之中摇摇欲坠的人物状态。“异化”的背后是一种迫切,迫切唤醒这个世界的潜在和新的可能,它是一种生成的力量,而生命正是不断生成的差异化运动。

我并没有拍摄任何宏大的景象,而是重新组织每日所见的日常场景的规范,我希望观众们通过这些唾手可得的日常,看到的不是某种我们已经认识的东西,而是一种挑战我们认知的东西,规范的逾越从来不是在外部开始,异变从来都是从熟悉的内部发生。通过尽可能多的变异,增强我们的生命。我想要描绘那些非系统性的游牧时刻,那些当语言结构失灵和脱锚,个体的身份和感知还没有被标签化和集体化的时刻。我们为何要为身份找到一个归属?

通过描绘这些熟悉又陌异的场景和人物,我也同时在审视着我每一次的异化。我暗中窥视着一个离轴的世界,这里每个个体相荡相感,在流移中不断地成为他者,直到将自己彻底剥蚀溶解。

Amorph is a long-term project started from 2020, which explores alienation and otherness, and nomadism of identity. It’s divided into three chapters( ChapterⅠ: Before the Night Tide; ChapterⅡ:Undercurrent and Dark Fire; ChapterⅢ: The Spider’s Thread). The first to the third chapter is a gradual process from daily scenes to uncanny dimensions, from human to nonhuman, starting from the night, passing through the white night, then sliding into the darkness eventually. In other words, it’s about the process of becoming.

I always feel alienated and difficult to fit into surroundings no matter where I am, mentally I live like a forever nomad. To some extent, this series is an alienated autobiography, for its center is not about “I” but the absence and loss of “I”. Every time pressing the shutter indicates a moment of becoming-other.

Focusing on the phenomenon of bordering, the world in these photos is in continuous metamorphosis. I hope to give voices to the uncategorized and the marginalized, to depict those unsystematic moments when the linguistic structure fails and language loses its anchor, when identities and perceptions haven’t been theorized into any definitive meaning or criteria.

I believe the best way to perceive a being is to understand its anomalous state. Therefore, I’m always wondering what can mutations tell us about life? What can oneiromancy tell us about reality? And maybe the only way to portray myself, is to portray my interior mutations and self-alienation.

Through reconstructing these daily scenes, I’m looking for a spectral narration in which new perceptions and experiences are created, what we see every day are combined and displayed in many different ways, reconfigured and decoded on a diverse spectrum.

Reality is impenetrable, just like a hollowed metaphor. Photography can only confirms reality by confirming the loss of it, so these photographs shouldn’t be defined as fantasies, as they dwell in a zone of indiscernibility and can never be properly categorized.  Haunting between the lucid and the lunatic, these photos are always in the process of engaging in new possibilities. I reassert the importance of photography to construct experiences rather than just reflecting experiences. While perpetually seeking for potentials and connections, these photographs remain as an impenetrable metaphor.

I always try to explore photography as a system of potentials rather than a system of judgment. Photographs are sentient beings, I might set a path for them, but it’s still unknown how many terrains and landscapes this path will cross. Will it be tranquil? Will it be occult?

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