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大连幻景
2017-2019

“你⻅过那些在城市街道上一闪⽽过的幻影吗? 那是在时空交叠的偶然时刻,我们留下的踪迹。 我有几个朋友,在现实中我们从未相遇。 然而,在记忆的时空⾥,我们曾⼀次地穿⾏在同样的街道与拱廊......

⼤广场、螺旋楼梯、圆形的窗口、⼤和旅馆餐厅的时钟...城市中的每个圆形与螺旋形状,都仿佛时空的罗盘......穿⾏在这⾥,我们经历着这座城市往复轮回的⼀日。”

《⼤连幻景》以大连近代史为背景,通过摄影、装置、影像与声⾳多个媒介勾勒了一场以城市为舞台背景的“七幕剧”。来⾃不同时代的⻆色穿行在港⼝、楼梯、广场、旅舍、街道与剧场等空间中。在⼤连幻景的世界⾥,时空与国别的边界变得模糊,观者仿佛游⾛在过去与现在之间的平行世界,在多个异乡人如梦幻泡影般的独⽩中,隐隐回荡着⼀个跨越百年的无解疑问——“何为故乡?”。

《大连幻景》由一系列摄影作品开始,照⽚中来自过去的轮廓等待着被细识别,跟随着每⼀个时空的罗盘到达不同地点,与隐匿其中的⼈群相遇,城市空间在不同历史时期中功能和属性的转变在过程中被逐⼀呈现。在杨圆圆构建的空间蒙太奇中,时间与空间多重交叠,在此地经过的陌⽣人因对于同⼀座城市的情感和记忆⽽产生命运的交织。作品⾥每⼀个来⾃现实的过去时刻,亦幻亦真地构成此刻的世界。踏上展厅中央舞台的楼梯,穿过层层幔帐,进⼊杨圆圆创造的时空剧场:⽣于⼤大连的日本作家⽤独白拉开序幕;黎明前圆形广场逐渐显露于人物的交叉叙述中;在⼤连耀眼的晨光下走进经历百年传奇的⼤和旅馆;中午在大和旅馆的餐厅⾥,对立面的两个时钟放佛映照出多个时间的刹那;城市中的第一座建筑于正午⼗二点印入眼帘;下午在不同的街道中漫步;夜晚来临后去到连锁街的剧场常盘座;遥望着⿊暗的海面,驻足在海市蜃楼般的大连港等待着下⼀个黎明。杨圆圆意图使观者跟随剧中的十个人物,去经历这座城市来⾃不同时间却又永恒轮回的一天。

Dalian Mirage
2017-2019


"Have you ever seen those ghosts that storm across the city streets?

Those are the traces we leave behind when space-time collapses at chance moments.

I have a few friends whom I never met in the real world.

However, in the realm of memory, we have walked the same streets and arcades time and again.

The Grand Plaza, the spiral staircase, the round window, the clock in the restaurant at the Yamato Hotel…

Every round or spiral pattern in the city is like a compass of time and space.

Traversing here, we experience a day of everlasting reincarnation of this city."


With Dalian's modern history as its background, “Dalian Mirage” is a "seven-act" play is presented in a theatre set of the city through multiple media including photography, installation, video and sound. Characters of different times are passing through distinctive urban spaces such as harbour, staircase, square, hotel, street and theatre. In the world of Dalian Mirage, the boundaries of times and nations have blurred, viewers could walk freely as if being within the parallel time and space of the past and the present. Among the fragmented monologues of various "foreigners", there is an unfathomable question that echoes throughout hundreds of years - "what is 'home'"?

The exhibition is first conceived from a series of photographs. The silhouettes in these images from the past awaited for careful identification, with which we may arrive at different destinations with the compass of time, and encounter with those people hidden within them, meanwhile, the functions and properties of the various urban spaces from different historical periods surface throughout this process. In this spatial montage Yang Yuanyuan has constructed, time and space overlap in various ways, even the fate of complete strangers seem to connect as they come into it, and discover the same sentimentalities and memories they have in common of the same city. Every moment from the past, a fragment of reality, constitutes the world at this moment. Stepping on the stairs to the central stage in the exhibition space and passing through the layers of curtains, one comes into the time theatre Yang Yuanyuan mounts: it opens with the monologue of a Japanese writer born in Dalian; a round public square shot at dawn gradually emerges into the various narratives of a few characters; the images then takes the viewer into the Yamato Hotel, an establishment has weathered hundreds of years history, under the blazing morning sun in Dalian; at noon, in the dining hall of the Yamato Hotel, the two clocks at the front seem to string multiple moments into a trance; the first building of this city meets the eye at noon; in the afternoon, a stroll through various streets; with the arrival of dusk, one comes to the Tokiwaza Theatre on Chain-Shop Street; looking out to the sea in darkness, one waits for dawn to arrive in the mirage at the Dalian port. Yang Yuanyuan hopes to take the viewers along with these ten characters of the play, to experience the city at different times of a day, that seem to merge into an endless cycle.

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