My Texts Remember Thought

Text is an image to be seen, not a story to be read. However, a text can also coincide with its metaphorical meaning, and the average person only values this aspect.

 

When I work, I begin with text because I am familiar with it. But I think that text is text because it is related to the plasticity between spaces, between times, and between time and space.

 

The visual space of text is its original meaning, even though this meaning moves ever farther from us. In order to confirm that this distance is necessary, humans have entered into an age of fabricated textual information.

 

When people talk about contemporary art and contemporaneity, I only see an indescribable shadow created by strong light.

 

Nothing is more explicitly fraudulent than the idea that scientific technology will save humanity. Similarly, advancing cultural and artistic productivity is equivalent to negating the creative power of art and culture.

 

This is the best period in our economic development and the worst period in our cultural decline.

 

This is simply the most easily visible era, and it is seen though the patterning of text. This text is not the text I have discussed; it has been counted and ornamented by politics and economics. My texts remember thought.

 

I reject tradition, because it constantly needs to justify itself and it is too realistic. Only when we continue to use our inheritance do we find the doubt that allows us to deviate from the classics. I often think that the most ancient things are the newest in terms of thought.

 

I cannot return to ancient times; I can only work on things now.

 

Thirty years ago, Ma Desheng wrote a line of large text on his wall- “You have nothing but your actions.”

 

 

Huang Rui

February 19, 2012

 

我的文字记忆着思考

文字是被看见的造形,不是被读出的故事。但它们也可以与文字喻意重合,而普通人只看重这后一部分。

 

我是从汉字开始工作的,因为我比较熟悉它们。但我认为,所有的文字之所以形成文字,都容纳了时间与时间,时间与空间,空间与空间之间的可塑性。

 

文字的视觉空间是它们原本的意义,尽管与我们越来越疏远了。为了证实这有必要的疏远,人类进入了虚拟的文字消息时代。

 

当人们谈论当代艺术与当代性的时候,我只看到被强光投射出来的无可名状的影子。

 

再没有比科学技术拯救人类这种明确的话题更具有明确的欺骗性了。同样,发展文化艺术的生产力也与解消文化艺术的创造力的能量等同。

 

这是最好的经济发展时代,这是最坏的文化倒退时代。

 

这简直是最可以看到的时代,而且是以文字的格式化所看到的。这些文字不是我所说的文字,它们是被政治与经济装饰化及数量化的文字。而我的文字记忆着思考。

 

我也拒绝传统,因为它们太自圆其说及现实色彩了。仅从沿用至今的传承性一点即有背离经典的可疑。我常以为最古的东西是最新的。我是说思维逻辑上。

 

我没办法回到古代去,我只能做自己的事儿。

 

30年前,马德生在自己的墙上写了一行大字:“除了做,你一无所有。” 

 

黄锐

2012.2.19