Two years ago, I was impressed by the United States Permanent Residence Card, since the beholder, Sophie, is my very good friend. Sophie and I met in 2003 while she was having her internship at foreign-capital enterprise; after that she worked in Consulate and then furthered her studies in the United State. This tiny name card bears her bitters and experiences in 10 years, it is not as easy to get as a public transit card.

This inspired me to make a work about Permanent Residence Card, to make it more interesting, I injected Chinese element in order to provoke thinking and discussing. I knew Mr. Tao Jun back in 2005, who is descended from China famous poet Tao Yuan Ming. Mr. Tao studied and residence in United State since the 80’s; earned his first barrel after graduate; bought a great property in California and is now enjoying his munificent retired life. As the name of Peach Blossom Land is easy to extract from my memory, given my acquaintance with Mr.Tao Jun, so this is how Peach Blossom Land Permanent Residence Card pop out.

The very beginning of Peach Blossom Land Permanent Residence Card is referenced from United States Permanent Residence Card, I replaced the icon into Chinese classical elements. Until one day I met a friend who works in the United Nations. United Nations stands in neutral position but United States green card version of the Peach Blossom Land Permanent Residence Card has a clear subjective tendency. Therefore, for the purpose of proliferating of my work, I gave up this original version and started to create a paper version that we are holding today. I started my study in the history of Peach Blossom Land, relationship between art and public, plus design for the whole project and the website of Peach Blossom Land.

I belief in the existence of multidimensional space, not only my personal experience has relationship with this belief but also science has proofed the existence of it. Every generation has different definition towards the idea of Peach Blossom Land, but they are all pointing to the desire of that generation. Science fiction, faith and mystery have become habitat of human souls since our life flooded by internet and information. Peach Blossom Land is a conceptual artwork, imitating multidimensional space: creates artificial character, interacts with three-dimensional world. This piece of artwork presents in photograph, videograph, installation and performance and other form of multimedia.

I met 8 ambassadors in different occasion and got in touch with 21 national embassies in Beijing over the past year. I learnt the operation rules of government agencies, sensitivity on topic and different thinking made by cultural differences.

Robert Rauschenberg mentioned that art can change the world, but art do not have practical function as land property or car, it is kind of illusory, it lacks solid proof. That’s why the art lover is valuable and rare. As Hans-Ulrich Obrist said that art is the most challenging and interesting domain, you can try and examine your imagination under borderless territory.

Future, nothing is impossible. (Mei Le, September 2016)

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两年前,一张《美国永久居留证》让我感触颇深,因为持有者是10多年的好友苏菲。2003年当我们相识时,她在一家外企实习,后来任职领事馆,留学美国,落地硅谷。一张小小的卡片承载着她个人十年的努力和经历,因为它并不像一张公交卡可以轻易获得。

于是我想就“永久居留证”概念做一个作品,而且一定与中国有关,让作品充满趣味性的同时,还能引发思考、探讨。大约在2005年的时候,我便认识陶渊明后裔陶骏先生,陶先生在上世纪80年代便去美国念书并定居,毕业后创业挣到第一桶金,然后辞职在加州买下一片山,过上美国的田园隐居生活。因此“桃花源”这个名字很容易从记忆中提取,《桃花源永久居留证》便产生了。

最早版本的《桃花源永久居留证》是以《美国永久居留证》为参考,我把其中的很多图案替换成中国古典元素, 直到有一天与联合国任职的朋友见面聊这个作品,我才被提醒:联合国在国际事务中需要保持中立态度,而美国绿卡版本的《桃花源永久居留证》有着明显的主观倾向。为了作品能够持久延续地做下去,我很明确放弃这个版本,开始设计并启用最终的纸质版本。两年以来,类似上面的细节发生过无数回。我开始研究桃花源的历史,艺术与公众的关系,社会体系等议题,并完成项目的设计、文案和网站搭建等工作。

我相信多维度空间的存在,它与个人体验相关,同时已公开的科学推理也支持它的存在。每个时代对应“桃花源”有所不同,但都是当时人们渴望的新世界,在互联网、海量信息的生活里,科幻、信仰、未知、神秘主义成为人类灵魂栖息地。“桃花源”是一个观念作品,模拟多维度空间,塑造一个人物角色,并让它们与眼前三维世界发生实质性互动。它将以照片、视频、装置、行为等常见的艺术形式呈现。

在过去一年时间里,为了作品中人物角色的合理性,我在不同场合与8位驻华大使见面,与21个国家驻华使馆建立联系。在这个过程里,我深刻地了解学习到政府机构的运作规则,某些话题的敏感性以及文化差异塑造的不同思维。

罗伯特·劳森伯格说艺术可以改变世界。但艺术没有楼房、汽车那样的实用功能,它有些虚无缥缈,也正如此,支持和热爱艺术的人由衷难得。汉斯·奥布里斯特说艺术是所有领域里最有乐趣的,它没有统一标准,因此,你可以大胆试验你的想法。

未来,一切皆有可能!(2016年9月/梅乐) 

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