GREEN DIAMOND 绿钻

Rachele Maistrello presents documents from Li Jian Ping's personal archive

Opening 19.10, starting at 4 pm
19.10. – 27.10.19
I: project space, 10/Banqiao Hutong 10

Green Diamond is a company existed in Beijing between 1995 and mid-1999, whose headquarters were located in the Economic and Technological Development Zone on Jinghai Road. GD was a factory of highly sophisticated hi-tech technology, whose aim was the development of refined microchips in diamond powder, called "GD sensors”, capable of provoking in the human body sensations and feelings related to nature. Through a series of gestures, combined with sensors implanted in precise parts of the body and the use of virtual contact lenses and ultrasounds waves, the user of "Green Diamond" would be able to experience sensations such as the heat of the sun on their skin or feel fresh air blowing in their faces.

Since 2018, Rachele Maistrello, thanks to Li JianPing (李建平), who was employed in the factory between 1994 and 1999, has worked to collect all available documents to reconstruct what happen in this company, although is still impossible to find any final proof to its existence.

Between 1998 and 1999, the company employed Gao Yue (高跃), one of the most promising acrobats of the school of acrobatic art in Beijing, which had the task of testing the sensors and working on the new “Green Diamond” gestures.

For about nine months, Gao Yue and Li JianPing had a relationship, which resulted in Li JianPing collecting most of their conversations and a bigger number of documents from Gao Yue’s working process.

When Li JianPing left the company, all company emails and all kinds of web documents were immediately deleted, both online and on his computer. Li JianPing, however, had kept several printed mails, videos and photographs to build a small book for Gao Yue to commemorate their first anniversiary, which became the foundation for the research into the history of Green Diamond. Thanks to a recent reevaluation of the documents, Li JianPing's archive is now available to the public.

Rachele Maistrello presents at I: project space for the first time a series of original documents from Li Jian Ping's personal archive (analogue photographs, paper documents). The "Green Diamond website" contains a rich collection of Li JianPing's most significant videos and a series of “graphics design wallpaper” reconstructed from the original materials.

Some videos and the construction of the "Green Diamond" slogans have been reconstructed in collaboration with the workers of Bernard Control Factory, a company located in Jinghai Road, not far from the original headquarters of Green Diamond Factory. The recreation of the "Green Diamond gestures" have been possible through the efforts of Wu Shuqing, a current emplyee of Bernard Control Factory.

If anyone has further information or materials they want to share about the "Green Diamond Factory", please reach out to Rachele Maistrello, Li JianPing or write to I: project space.

This research was made during Rachele Maistrello’s residency at I: project space (2018), at Inside-Out Art Museum (2019), the collaboration with Social Sensibility Department curated by Alessandro Rolandi and has been supported over the years by NTCM e l’arte and with the generous support of MOVIN'UP SPETTACOLO – PERFORMING ARTS2018/2019 promoted by Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) -General Directorate for Performing Arts and Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists (GAI) together with Association Young Italian Artists of Emilia-Romagna (GA/ER).

开幕式10月19日下午四点
I: project space, 板桥胡同

“绿钻”是一家北京公司。它成立于1995年,消失于1999年中期,总部设在静海路的经济与技术开发区。据悉,绿钻公司是一家高科技研发工厂,致力于研发“绿钻感应器”——一种用钻石粉末制成微型芯片,它可以大幅增强人体对自然的感知。在虚拟隐形眼镜和超声波的帮助下,感官被精确地植入使用者的身体。使用者在一系列肢体操作后,就能感受到阳光在皮肤上停留,还有微风吹过他们脸颊的感觉。

尽管没有任何确切证据证明绿钻公司真实存在过,从2018年起,Rachele Maistrello在李建平的帮助下,收集到了现有所有关于绿钻公司的资料,让我们得以一窥在这里发生过的事(李建平在1994至1999年间曾是绿钻工厂的一名工人)。

1998-1999年间,绿钻公司聘用了高跃,一名十分优秀的杂技演员,来测试新一代“绿钻感应器”的感知植入与肢体操作情况。在9个月的时间里,高跃与李建平曾是男女朋友。在交往期间,李建平记录了许多他和高跃谈话,还有高跃工作的情况。

李建平离职时,他的电脑和网络上所有的公司邮件和资料都被清除了。所幸李建平保留了几封打印的邮件,影像和照片。他用这些资料为高跃做了一本纪念他们交往一周年的小册子。这本小册子也成为了Maistrello开展对绿钻公司的研究的切入点。在近期的重新整理后,这些资料也得以重见天日。

Rachele Maistrello 首度在I: project space 呈现李建平个人档案中的原件,其中包括这些图像和纸质资料。绿钻网站(the "Green Diamond website")上有李建平最具有代表性影像以及一系列由原材料复原的图形设计壁纸。一些影像和复原后的“绿钻”标语是在伯纳德控制设备公司(Bernard Control Factory)员工的帮助下完成的。这是一家位于静海路的公司,它离绿钻公司原来的总部很近。“绿钻姿势”的复原也得益于伯纳德公司现任员工伍淑清的帮助。

如果你有更多关于“绿钻工厂”的信息和材料,请联系RacheleMaistrello,李建平和I: project space.

本项目是由Rachele Maistrell在 I: project space(2018)和中间美术馆(2019)的驻留期间完成的;多年以来,Maistrell与由李山策展的社会敏感性研发部的合作得到了NTCM e l’arte和由Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC)推广的 MOVIN'UP SPETTACOLO – PERFORMING ARTS 2018/2019的慷慨协助-General Directorate for Performing Arts andAssociation for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists (GAI)以及 Association Young Italian Artists ofEmilia-Romagna (GA/ER).

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