Any set of random
numbers that are deprived of their contexts are imbued with meanings.
For example,“1703”, a
number which any cybernetic system can use.
Before the renovation of
1703, it used to be an studio of 1703. Afterwards, it became a marital home of
someone who has returned from abroad.
If the record of 1703
cannot be categorized by any set of meaningful frameworks, the job of 1703
is to rewrite all these different materials of time using some kind of
Once the rooms of a
residential apartment are no longer called living rooms, bedrooms or kitchens
but renamed to “studio” instead, it gets difficult when the people in this room
have to decide which objects should be kept —— all objects became homogeneous.
The files in the 1703
folder beneath the screen; big and small parts and items moving outside the
storage shelves in the studio; They are the necessities to achieve certain
results of certain movements during the process, both awaiting a new meaning to
eliminate the old ones.
Before the arrival of
new meanings, 1703 considers these objects to have no use or exhibit values.
Whenever a thought is raised to remove them, a window will pop up in the
mind of 1703: “ Are you sure you want to permanently erase the items in the
Trash? (You cannot undo this action)” or it can pop up a window like “Some
files are in use by certain applications and cannot be deleted.”
A storage in 1703 is
filled with this type of things, and 1703 put all of these objects without
answers into a box, sealed and labeled it as “materials.” The dry cabinet in
the storage even has a few hard drives named “1703” that are full of all the
photos and videos related to 1703. All these seemingly important data became
the memory managed by the brain of 1703.
Once time is stretched,
the new meanings of all the data in the storage and hard drives become an alarm
clock that never forgets.
Once, 1703 dreamt of an
earthquake. All of the buildings of the gated community fell to the ground. A
building scattered like a plate of tempered glass smashed by fierce sunlight.
At the beginning, 1703 felt much relieved and was finally able to forget all
the objects and data in the storage and the hard drives.
Soon, 1703 realized the
actual situation. An artist who works with time would lose the evidence of the
existence of 1703 when all of the records of 1703 stored in the hard drives are
If time-based works
don’t have any backups……
It’s never wise to
playback, since if we were to repeat the past using the time of future as
materials, then the two will eventually cancel each other out.
With the presence of
special moments one can only use number 1.
Using it as an studio,
people in 1703 will have a lot to worry about when they are “not doing the
right thing at the right time” —— all actions became suspicious.
In the early morning, the whole residential community that can accommodate 5000 people has fallen into a collective slumber, 6 massive buildings stand together like a city wall next to the turbulent, men-swallowing Qiantang River at a stone throw away. 1703 is at the frontier of this area, the “where at and where to” on the Didi app interface, as well as the start and end of the taxi meter.
Wind is strong at the
change of seasons. Six buildings are blown by the heavy wind as if they were
some musical instruments, cheap aluminum window frames make a continuous
whooshing sound, and airplanes swipe across the sky regularly via the six
flight paths high above the roofs, leave behind them the humming that kept
circling under the dark electronic clouds.
The ceiling light,
spotlight and photographic lamps are all on in 1703, sellotape being torn at a
rhythmic pace in an oval course, square course, straight course; The shrill of
the tearing tape conducted through reinforced concrete and water pipes, filling
the residential building with the resonating shrill that comes from the
sellotape being peeled off its body onto the boxes, one layer after another.
1703 is getting ready to move out, while handling the materials in the storage,
a video camera is connected to a tv monitor through one output and a computer
for data collection through another. Recording the scene in this way, 1703 is
able to hear all the delayed and feedback sounds of everything that happened in1703.
1703 likes to modulate the sounds in postproduction using sound editing
If 1703 cannot control
the sound volume, then the guys knocking on the door might well be from the
local police station of the residential community. 1703 indeed finds it hard to
explain to the neighbors and the police as to why it recorded the packing
process using a video camera, and by saying “this is a studio” it still won’t
get a positive feedback. Standing from the police view point, 1703 looks very
This is a large
residential community, but 1703 doesn’t have a bed, kitchen, air conditioning,
not even a proper curtain. The editing room where the computer, speakers and
hard drives are kept is the only room that has some apparent features. The rest
of the room is stacked with big and small items, and another room is stacked
with boxes with “materials” labels on them.
That night, the
policemen on duty ordered 1703 to clear up its space after an assessment of
fire hazard of the stacked objects in the rooms.
The other artists living
in the residential community moved out one after another.
save breath, 1703 replied each “what are you doing” interrogators from
other systems’ with a statement that 1703 is a Taobao studio, which was mainly
trying to help them understand the items and boxes all over the floor.1703
became a cant, an action code, and a source of increasing suspicion in1703’s
4 years ago, an
apartment showed up in the information of a rental agent : “Goya Apartments,
unfurnished, In-lease. No kitchen, accommodation, refurbishing are
This exhibition is dedicated to all friends of 1703.