1ST: Descendant of the Dragon. We will embark from Shanghai, the rain will slack to a drizzle on that day. There will be twelve photographers capturing photos of the passengers and hawking their works on the ship. All of them will be wearing suits, eight of them will be keeping a mustache1.
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1   Among the first wave of Chinese traveling to west, Zhang Deyi had accompanied the first three Chinese missions to Europe as interpreter, he submitted a work entitled Wondrous Tales from Across the Seas to the Qing government. As the first Chinese accounts of the west, his travelogue was not only official document but also widely printed and read. The 23 year old passionate observer visited France in 1871 and wrote down in details his personal impressions of the uprising of the Paris Commune. It's not until 1980s that his manuscripts were discovered and published enabling readers to recover the author-traveller's view and presence before the first-hand witness is frozen in historical knowledge.
2ND: The Blue Oreo. Guo Xi will open a bag of Oreo he left yesterday, all of a sudden, he will find out that the cream in the third biscuit from the last has turned blue. He will take a bite with hesitation, at that moment, he will grasp a revelation of the world's structure in which the sky and the sea are firmly and sweetly caught between two slice of the unknown1: blackness of the universe and the bottom of the sea. The blue cream in- between is the mortal world exactly.
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1   Illustration on the right: Leap into the Void, Yves Klein, Photography, 1960.
3RD: The Blue Leviathan. During afternoon tea time on the seventeenth day, as usual, the passengers will be gathering around a herd of giraffes. Suddenly, one of them will escape from the railings and jump into the sea leaving behind terrified passengers. As it floats up and down in the waves, its brown speckle will start to fade away revealing its blue skin. There will be several artists standing among the crowd, they will be screaming: My God! Isn't that International Klein Blue1?
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1   "To the question which is often asked me- why did you choose blue?... in the realm of the blue air more than anywhere else one feels that the world is accessible to the most unlimited reverie... The world is thus on the far side of an unsilvered mirror, there is an imaginary beyond, a beyond pure and insubstantial... Blue has no dimensions, whereas the other colors are not. They are pre-psychological expanses, red, for example, presupposing a radiating heat. All colors arouse specific associative ideas, psychologically material or tangible, while blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract..."[Yves Klein, The Evolution of Art towards the Immaterial, extract from transcript of lecture, 1959]
4TH: Color of the Era. Guo Xi will recall the blue that's melting in his mouth, it is some where between infinity and melancholy, which makes it Pantone1 291 exactly.
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1   Pantone is an authority on developing and researching colors. Widely adopted by designers, manufacturers, retailers and clients from different industries, its color systems provide global standardized tools for communication of color and thus realise a accurate production of colors around the world. A typical Pantone Guide is shaped as fan deck bounded by thin cardboard sheets which contain 1,114 colors for users to match. Since 2000, Pantone started to announce "color of the year", twice a year the company hosts a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups, they choose a color for the following year. In press conference, these colors are often connected with the zeitgeist; for example Honeysuckle, the color of 2011, is expressed as "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues."
     Cerulean was selected in 2000, since then the blue family is out the picture. We hereby annouce Pantone 291, most close to -our daily perception of the ocean- the sea color on Google map, as "color of the era".
5TH: Ocnos Islands. In the mist of an early morning, Guo and Zhang will discover several islands which do not exist in Google Map. The two intruders will name the islands as Ocnos1 since they are blessed with natural resource of time, rich and fertile. Also, the two travelled back by lifeboat carrying unknown vegetables and a piece of scalp.
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1   Following the western geographical tradition of naming the newly discovered lands after figures from mythology, we name the islands as Ocnos. He is a Roman methodical figure who was condemned to spend eternity in netherworld weaving a straw rope that would be devoured incessantly by a donkey. Ocnos personifies the wasting of time, the vicissitudes of human life consumed in unsuccessful efforts. Ocnos is also a collection of Prose Poems written by exiled spanish poet Luis Cernuda, from 1942 to 1963 when he died, he looked back to his lost childhood and homeland from shifting visions. As forward, he quoted Goethe's retelling of the fable:"It was natural a thing for Ocnus to twist his reeds into rope as it was for the donkey to eat them. He could stop twisting them, but then what would he do with himself? That's why he prefers to twist the reeds, to give himself something to do; and that's why the donkey eats the rope, though if it weren't there he'd still have to eat it. It's possible that's how they'll learn something, or it will be more nourishing. And one might say, up to a point, that's how Ocnos finds with his donkey a way to pass the time."
     We take the rope from Ocnos's fingers to donkey's mouth as a metaphor for time- geographical space; for example, a sailing route or a travel track engraved by a period of life time. Within the geographic trace, local narration and time experience are repeatedly multiplied and reflected.
6TH: The Gloves of Cravan1. An emerging young director will board on Costa Pacifica, during the voyage, he will shoot an experimental film Fall Asleep Today, Won't Wake Up Tomorrow and will arrange a screening on the last night. On the 23rd day, in an accurately planned long shot, Guo Xi will play a fisherman who leaves a firm figure in the background. There will be a no good, his shoulders will tremble violently and then he will reel up a pair of red box glove.
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1   Cabanne: You must have met Arthur Cravan?
     Duchamp: He arrived at the end of 1915 or in 1916. No one knew what he had done, and no one wanted to say much about it. Perhaps he scrounged up a passport and beat it for Mexico...and then one day, he took off alone in a boat and was never seen again...He was a funny type. I didn't like him very much, nor he me. It was he who writing about one of the Independent's salons in 1914, horribly insulted everyone in wild terms...he made a lot of enemies with that...
Dialogues With Marcel Duchamp
7TH: Gazer From Afar. In this 86 days voyage, each of the passenger will be gazed all the time by a beam of eye sight as if a searchlight from ghost light house swept by. The invisible fellow traveller will cause passengers to unconsciously act more cautiously, to behave more elegantly, to chat with sparkling wisdom of rhetoricians. The night when we are crossing the Panama Canal1, a stand-up comedian will tell the audience that when he was taking an afternoon nap, he stared into a pair of elliptical eyes and saw through all the stories of his life, however, they're not funny at all.
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1   On September 25th 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nuñez de Balboahe reached a peak in Darién, Panama. "...beheld with wondering eyes the tops of the high mountains, showed unto him by the guides of Quarequa, from which he might see the other sea so long looked for, and never seen before of any man coming out of our world. Approaching therefore to the tops of the mountains, he commanded his army to stay, and went himself alone to the top, as it were to take the first possession thereof. Where, falling prostrate upon the ground, and raising himself again upon his knees, as the manner of the Christians is to pray, lifting up his eyes and hands toward heaven, and directing his face toward the new found South Sea..." However, Balboa quickly fell victim to Spanish New World power struggles. In 1519, he was found guilty of treason by his father-in-law, and was literally axed. The next year, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed into the ocean Balboa and the South Sea, found the ocean calm and named it the Pacific. It would be another 250 years before the English sea captain James Cook could adequately map the realm of Balboa's vision.
8TH: A Boundless Stretch of Poet. An anonymous poet1, with height of 185cm, weight of 105 kilos, will be astonished with open mouth, he will take a few steps back and slip into the sea. The sea level will not raise one centimeter for him.
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1   In the year of 1917, Leon Trotsky sailed on a boat from Barcelona to New York, he later wrote in My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography that "There are quite a few deserters from different countries... A boxer, who is also a novelist and a cousin of Oscar Wilde, confesses openly that he prefers crashing Yankee jaws in a noble sport to letting some German stab him in the midriff...Sunday, January 13: ...It is dark. Cold. Wind. Rain. On land, a wet mountain of buildings. The New World!"
9TH: First Encounter with the Flying Dutchman1. On the thirtieth day, a couple will get married on the ship, they will repeatedly rehearse their wedding ceremony because every time the wind blows there will always be some one shedding tears one step earlier. Zhang Jianling will be taking photos of the ceremony, she patiently tries to snap pictures of happiness using a shutter speed of 1/6400 second. When she is checking whether they are in focus, she will notice that a yellow flying yacht appears among pixels.
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1   The Flying Dutchman is myth originated from 17th-century folklorea, she is a ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. On July 11, 1881, sixteen-year-old Prince George of Wales, the future King George V witnessed and wrote: "At 4 a.m. the Flying Dutchman crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the masts, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief as she came up on the port bow...as did the quarterdeck midshipman, who was sent forward at once to the forecastle; but on arriving there was no vestige nor any sign whatever of any material ship was to be seen either near or right away to the horizon, the night being clear and the sea calm. ... At 10.45 a.m. the ordinary seaman who had this morning reported the Flying Dutchman fell from the foretopmast crosstrees on to the topgallant forecastle and was smashed to atoms."
10TH: Second Encounter with the Flying Dutchman1.On the thirtieth day, the yellow flying yacht will sweep across the ocean again with a gust of sea wind. In the seventh rehearsal, the moment when their noses start to twitch, Zhang Jianling will swing herself out of the shipboard and tear off a piece of yellow wooden deck.
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1   Born in the Netherlands in 1942, Bas Jan Ader spent most of his adult life in the Los Angeles area. Ader is best known for using photography and film to document intensely personal performances, in this way he re-staged typical motifs from canonical romanticism and cool form of conceptualism. In 1975, as the third part of In Search of the Miraculous, Ader set off from Cape Cod in a sailboat named Ocean Wave, a little over 12ft in length, the smallest craft in which such a feat had ever been attempted. Three weeks into the voyage, radio contact failed. Six months after his departure, his boat was found, half- submerged off the coast of Ireland, but Bas Jan had vanished.
11TH: Escape Artist Who Outran His Time.In the time of globalized floating prison1 system, one of them is moving towards arctic region, when it is getting closer to Moskoe- Strom , inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's novel A Descent Into the Maelstromone, one prisoner manages to jump right into the eye of the ocean2. No one has seen his body since, however, as the first man to break out, he triggers a heated public debate over the floating prisons. One man also put up his first hand comment (to quote: i was in this prison in 1999, and it was fantastic. We had a shower in each room, they were nothing like cells. The food was good and it had a brilliant gym. I was on B5 if I remember rightly, the drug-free wing. Love it there.3)
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1   Illustration: photo from a blog "The World's Largest Floating Prison Is In NYC"
2   "After a little while I became possessed with the keenest curiosity about the whirl itself. I positively felt a wish to explore its depths, even at the sacrifice I was going to make; and my principal grief was that I should never be able to tell my old companions on shore about the mysteries I should see."
3   Anonymous comment on the news "HM Weare floating prison again"
12TH The Last Story: Siren's Epic. When entering the Strait of Messina, as usual, people will strive to resist the temptation. All passengers and crew will vote for two days, the cruise company will announce the decision: whistle for three days to seduce Siren, after all, people are longing to hear her singing epic at the cost of their lives. Sir Erin Nicholas will absent-mindedly put on 3M earplugs, his nerves will be jangled by the busy lines of airline service: after all, someone will upload Siren's voice to internet before they die, there is always the opportunity hear the replay. One hour later, he will receive a call from a operator who works on night shift of Telecom Italia Mobile, an epical greeting : Good evening, sir.
The Grand Yoyage/2014-2015 (with @Zhang Jianling)
That Obscure Object (artist's book)/2014
Body as a Container of Faith/2014
The Last Tale: God and Net Friend/2014
There never should have been an artist named Jia Siwen/2012-2014
A study on infinity/2014
Untitled/2013
A Faceless Void/2013
A member of socialism's imagination/2012
eve R evolution/2011
Still Sweet/2011
Dirty Memories/2011
Home of Others/2011
A way of dissipating memories/2010
Typist's Death/2010
I would like to satisfy your foot fetishism in such a way, even/2010
Raining Hometown/2009