LECTURE: ART AS CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH LIFE
Talk: Xiao Lu
Host: Kong Shuyu
Sponsor:David Lam Centre of Simon Fraser University & Vancouver International Centre for Conternporary Asian Art
Time: 2:00PM, 29 September 29. 2023
Address:Centre A, 205 - 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver, Canada.
Whenever I look back at my works, it is like going back to a certain moment of that former me. The overlapping of past and present, the collision of time and life intertwined together, can always find traces of survival in the crevices of the works.
I have met many people, come and go in a hurry. Chance encounters result in some works, and final disagreements become strangers again - the fragments of life, the tangle of this and that, the despair and hope in real life, the reproduction of virtual reality, the works fulfil the temporary emptiness of life.
Human beings are the sensing body between heaven and earth. Different environments, regions, and changes in humanities directly affect my artistic creation and state of mind. My curiosity about the world is my courage to go forward. I am a human being; it is impossible for me to be indifferent to everything that happens in this world, no matter it is related or not related to me. What is my focus? This determines my perception of the world and the direction of my works.
I was born to and raised in a family with red genes. The education of my parents and school was socialist and ideological. If the trajectory of my life had not been accidental, I would have been a different person. My life is full of contradictions and conflicts, and the variables that break the established pattern are like a performance art, the result of the interweaving of adventure and chance. Life experience has taught me that the obsession of the here and now is the foundation for the completion of an event or work. But it is the frequent emptying of oneself that enables the soul to touch new possibilities. When the heart is touched, its magic leads me to a certain state. Between mindfulness and mindlessness; between consciousness and unconsciousness; all established assumptions and concepts; instinctive intuitive reactions; misadventures and coincidences often occur in the moment when the incidental meets the unknown.