GOOD STUFF ðŸ‘‚ 展 期  2021å¹´11月21日-12月20日 
时 间  每日19:30-23:30
地 点  fRUITYSPACE 北京市东城区美术馆东街13号   

那些被视作“废物”的物品,因为破碎、陈旧、有光鲜的替代品,而困于生活背光面,难以实现其预设功能,也无法被轻易丢弃,但“废”是这些物品生命的终点吗?  今年9月,KRO船长、水手和KRO的朋友们组成一支21人的“废物再生创作组”,带着各自的一件废物登上KRO这艘航船,开始为期4个月的“海上旅行”。在此过程中,相识、或本不相识的创作者们通过抽签随机两两配对,相互交换自己的废物,再以此进行创作。会收到来自谁的废物,TA的废物会是什么,在打开废物包裹前一切全然未知。  交换的废物中,有从垃圾桶里抢出来的所谓垃圾——鸡蛋盒、扇贝壳、咖啡罐、花瓶碎片;有不再用到的闲置物品——乒乓球训练器、木箱、相机、陶罐;也有不知如何处理的数码垃圾——曾经的建筑施工图纸、双重曝光的菲林和过期的电子乘车卡月票。当它们跟随邮寄路径流动到新的环境之后,又再次成为重要媒介承托起另一个人的思考与想象,不论是成为绘画的载体,还是作为对美、童心、魔法、生态共生的物质呈现:“废物”穿上了带有另一个人性格的外衣而重新生动起来,它们出现在名为「好东西」的展览现场,值得一位又一位观者的专属注视。  对KRO而言,“废物”并非绝对本质,而是对物品被置于错误位置的一种状态描述,“废”的终点也是新生命阶段的开始时刻。“废物”的称谓,不止于物品,当我们观看被称为“废物”的物品们,亦在指涉被称为“废物”的一切。

Items considered as "waste," trapped in the backlight of life due to being broken, outdated, or replaced by shinier alternatives, find themselves unable to fulfill their intended functions and challenging to dispose of easily. But is "waste" the endpoint of these items' lives? In September of this year, Captain KRO, sailors, and friends formed a 21-person "Waste Regeneration Creative Team." Carrying their respective pieces of waste, they boarded the KRO ship for a four-month "journey at sea." During this process, authors, whether acquainted or strangers, were randomly paired through drawing lots, exchanging their waste and using it as a basis for creation. The recipients had no prior knowledge of whose waste they would receive or what it would be. Among the exchanged waste were items rescued from trash bins—so-called garbage like egg cartons, scallop shells, coffee cans, and vase fragments. There were also unused items—ping pong ball trainers, wooden crates, cameras, and ceramic pots. Additionally, there were electronic waste items with uncertain fates—past architectural construction drawings, double-exposed film, and expired electronic travel cards. After flowing through the mailing paths into new environments, these items once again became crucial mediums supporting another person's thoughts and imagination. Whether serving as canvases for paintings or material presentations of beauty, innocence, magic, and ecological symbiosis, the "waste" adorned itself with the personality of another person and came alive. They appeared at the exhibition called "Good Things," capturing the exclusive gaze of one viewer after another. For KRO, "waste" is not an absolute essence but a state description of items placed in the wrong position. The endpoint of "waste" is also the beginning of a new life stage. The term "waste" goes beyond just items; when we observe items called "waste," we are also referring to everything labeled as"waste."

我拿到的是一张过期的新宿月票。作为交换,我提供了一页管道穿墙的施工图纸。
I got an image of an expired Shinjuku monthly train pass as part of the exchange. In return, I provided a page of construction drawings for pipe penetration.



A Metaphorical Ride 乘一辆隐喻, Thermal Printer, 2021

Upon receiving the image, I instinctively started folding paper, hoping to do something with its flat surface.
I then began chatting with friends about the object and sharing our feelings about it...


me:
friend: So cute
me:
friend: pay with flatness

me:
I feel that with the comprehensive digitization of physical cards, spaces are becoming more automated and fluid..
 
The original intention behind designing smart cards was to enable people to use contactless, smooth, and more conveniently portable physical cards. 

But we are still not satisfied and find the step of taking out the card troublesome.

Smart card is not that smart
.

friend:
Exactly.

Smart card is juicy!
me:I want to disrupt this ubiquitous continuous flow for a few seconds, but I haven't figured out what to do with it yet.

friend:
Phone out of juice

me:
hahahaha
friend:
Those adjectives are making me think of fruits for some reason...  Are you referring to automated spaces?
me
Right, it's that seamless and integrated sensory experience.

friendA glitchy phone
me:
(chinese/english version)

friend: A penguin ran from the card into the phone, just like the glitchy protagonist in Wreck-It Ralph (Sorry, ignore me, I'm just talking nonsense...)
me:
hahahahaha

friend: Then, what about 'travel'? The process of waste exchange is a form of travel, not necessarily physical; transforming materials into art pieces and sending them to the art space is also a kind of travel. The creative process after receiving the materials is likewise a form of traveling.

It's quite magical. 

Isn't the internet itself a fluid, automated, and quite sophisticated means of transportation?

It has also created fluid 'carriages,' making the transporting of images/objects as effortless as flipping through TV channels, allowing for seamless transitions at will.
me:
Oh yeah...
reminds me of this piece.
friend: And you got a transportation card! A transit card! Through the internet, you're also part of the passengers now.

me:

That’s a good point. I've also been reading a small book that uses footnotes to explore reading the city as a text.

friend: Oh! The idea of Footnote is indeed fascinating. It feels like the transportation card is the footnote of the electronic wallet, and there are many similar analogies. The place where items are stored, like a drawer, can also be considered as a footnote in the cloud of the phone, right? The physical has unexpectedly become a non-physical and untouchable footnote.

Haha! Taste pig’s trotter. (a play on words as "footnote" sounds similar to "trotter" in Chinese pronunciation

Reality has become a footnote to hyperreality.

me:
Lol, sounds interesting!
friend:  I hope I am an engineer,
so that I can design a clock!
me:
What kind of clock?

friend: To get time moving, you have to swipe that transit card.
me:
Why?
I’ve already started feeling hungry...

friend: Just kidding, who needs a transit card for time-hopping? And clocks? Those are just human-made gadgets, you know, like a legit transit card is an artifact. Trying to use this card to board the time train (if you catch my drift), turns out time decides both these things are out of service. But seriously, time itself is just a human-made concept, right? Swiping a transit card on a clock to mess with time's flow... Now that's some weirdly funny and ironic stuff. Time hasn't changed – it's the way we feel it that's always shifting, with new stuff replacing the old. The ideas we keep making up seem to be the ones really shaking up the physical world. Sometimes, we even need old-school items to remind us about the "realness" of time passing. Idk...

I am hungry too.





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