Perceptions of Home ｜ 家的知觉
8actagon Projects is pleased to present “Perceptions of Home,” a 24-hour experience that questions reactions to photography installations, site-specific soundscapes, and an interactive performance when re-contextualized into the alternative space of a Home Inn. Taking place on three floors of the motel, “Perceptions of Home” attempts to question the context in which contemporary art is experienced, how prior memories of varying stimuli shape our cognitive and emotional processes, and why physical spaces contribute to the understanding of both.
Home Inn motels litter the Beijing landscape. Purple, yellow, and crowned with a golden moon, these edifices with rent-by-the-hour rooms serve a pure function, providing private space for frugal travelers or discreet lovers. The banal walls, dim lights and mass-produced furniture create anything but a unique ‘home-like’ feeling. “Perceptions of Home” will force the viewer to re-think and perhaps re-define the spaces that humans inhabit (both communal and private), and the phenomenological reactions to the contents of that space. It further questions how various elements within these re-contextualized rooms, particularly contemporary art, arouse memories of the same element in another environment. Perhaps a return to the ‘home’ will tell – it is one’s childhood home where first spatial experiences are had, and memories drawing distinct reactions are imprinted.
Nodding to ancient Chinese notions of space, its configuration, and resulting inherent non-physical energies, “Perceptions of Home” incorporates the photographic works of Bu Yun Jun (卜云军), live soundscapes from Meng Qi (孟奇), and an interactive tactile performance by Chen Xi (陈熹). Separated into three different rooms, viewers are invited to enter constructed spaces that utilize artworks to physically alter the aura, or 气 qì, of said room, and interject new stimuli that transform the viewers relation to the space, artist or artworks, and/or the artists/artists within the context of that space.
Upon entering into the Home Inn ‘standard room’, one immediately is forced to reject its common use. Bu Yun Jun’s photographs questioning whether the room is defined by the Home Inn’s concrete walls, or rather by the literal interjection of photographed walls and ceiling fans. Like a cold and uninviting “cellar” of a home, the disengaged emotional reflex varies from that in a more public, “living realm” – one found in the public sphere of the living rooms. Working as a programmer, synthesizer and sound engineer, Meng Qi derives sampled sounds for a live soundscape from two of the three rooms. His work transcends the time-space continua to bring together the sounds of an audience (from other locations within the Home Inn) for his own audience (within his room), creating a dialogue between the inseparable unity of the three rooms. Transcending the public clamor and ascending into the private realm, Chen Xi’s visual renderings and stories of the future, will engage the cognitive and emotional processes of the participating audience so to influence his own processes throughout the 24-hour duration; existing like an existential exercise contained within the home’s metaphorical “attic”. The interactive performance will invite audiences to utilize their tactile senses as a means of communication so to create a collective memory or experience.
Given the person-specific nature of memory-induced reactions, one must ask how alternatively situating these stimuli influences relations to the stimuli themselves – the artwork, the music, the performance. How do perceptions of these re-contextualized spaces and their contents influence one’s relation to habitual spaces? And how do interactions with individuals in these unconventional environments effect those in daily life? Perhaps relations to any given space are merely reflections of the cognitive and emotional self, attaching un-/sub-/conscious streams of thought to the physical realm so to induce an emotional reaction appropriated by the mind.
“Perceptions of Home” will be recorded for the entire 24 hours. The works produced by Meng Qi and Chen Xi during the experience will be released in published form(s) later this year.
8actagon Projects(中国北京)很荣幸为您呈献 “家的知觉”，一场为期24小时的展览体验。 此次体验将展出摄影装置、声音景观和互动表演，并会对人们安置在如家快捷酒店房间里的作品和表演重新语境话的反应提出疑问。“家的知觉”展览试图对当代艺术体验的环境提出疑问，并在新的体验当中用艺术作品来探索过去的记忆是如何塑造我们的思想和情绪的。
触发一个人特定记忆感应的自然本能，有人不禁要问：这些人为干预和作品本身（艺术品，音乐和表演）的关系是怎样的？ 这些重新语境化的空间和空间里的内容知觉是如何影响一个人与其居住空间的关系。 在这种非常规元素中与单独个人之间的互动是如何影响到日常生活的？这也许关系到任何设定的空间仅仅是认知和情感的自我反思，下意识/ 潜意识和物理存在空间诱发大脑情绪的反应。