When will today be reopened? 指针
exhibition by Sponge Gourd Collective
Date: July, 26 - Aug 5, 2018
Location: ii Space
Artist: Sponge Gourd
Short-description: How do you handle a memory? Is it soft and fragile like a baby? Or oily and hot like melted butter? Does it burn your fingertips or scar the lines in your palms? When will today be reopened? 指针 explores physical interactions with memories of our own and of others.
How do you handle a memory? Is it soft and fragile like a baby? Or oily and hot like melted butter? Does it burn your fingertips or scar the lines in your palms? _When will today be reopened? explores physical interactions with memories of our own and of others.
Gathering family photos from Ontario, New Jersey, New York, and Sussex drew us into the gaps within and between our varied experiences as 华裔 and the known and unknown stories of past generations. How does holding individual, shared, and secondhand memories generate both anonymity and intimacy?
The presence of these photos on windows that will soon be bricked over collides nostalgic reflection with violent impermanence. A photo album reveals new information even while it taunts you with what is left unsaid, vivid fragments drifting without the connective tissue of lived experience.
“The image speaks to us, and seems to speak intimately to us of ourselves. But the term ‘intimately’ does not suffice. Let us say rather that the image intimately designates the level where personal intimacy is destroyed and that it indicates in this movement the menacing proximity of a vague and empty outside, the deep, the sordid basis upon which it continues to affirm things in their disappearance.”
- Two Versions of the Imaginary, Maurice Blanchot
日期: 2018年 7月26日-8月5日
地点: ii Space
当我们从安大略湖、新泽西州、纽约和苏塞克斯搜集家庭照片时，我们注意到，我们虽然同为华裔，但各自的经验有所不同，也与前代已知和未知的故事有各种出入。匿名和亲近 —— 独自、共享和二手的记忆如何在这两个状态间平衡？