Like a Rolling Stone
Installation, Porcelain heads from the Song Dynasty, simulated planets, bird eggs, green eggs, Size Variable, 2018
In May, Zhang Gezhan and I traveled southwest of China by car. We went to Loudi, Tongdao, Fenghuang, Chadong and Anhua. At the border of Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan provinces, we saw three bald old people arguing about the origin of “dragon boat race”. We were touched and decided to head north to Miluo for finding the relics of Qu Yuan and tracing the past.
In June, at Qingshuitang in Changsha, we met the young antique dealer Yanyang Gaozhao. Then, we saw three pieces of porcelain head from the Song Dynasty. They looked exquisite, serene and thoughtful, which were unforgettable.
In July, when finding the Qu Yuan’s 12 suspicious graves, a partridge was startled up from the grass and then we found a nest of bird eggs and a blue cap of mineral water bottle in the grass. Two hours later, we found a 40mm stone near the Miluo River and then we wrote "怀石 2018" on it.
In August, I read the history of Chu in Guanshan, Hangzhou, and found that many people especially the top officials in Chu have committed suicide for the country, such as Qu Xia, Zi Yu, Zi Xi, Zi Nang, Zi Fan, Sima Yuanyue, Shen Yirong, Xiang Yan. A few years later, Xiang Yu, a native of Chu, committed suicide in Wujiang River. After 2,149 years, in Chadong, Fenghuang, the father of Cuicui committed suicide. A few years later, the famous anti-Japanese general Zuo Quan, Li Bifan and Xiao Shanling committed suicide for the country.
In September, when I was traveling in West Lake with my family, my 90-year-old father made a couplet, and the 3-year-old nephew Tang Zeng forgot a set of simulated solar planets in my studio.
In October, I led a team to Shanxi to conduct the cultural relics investigation. I met Zhou Quan, a young scholar and collector who took me through the Chu Bamboo Slips of the Han and Three Kingdoms Period and helped me to borrow 11 pieces of porcelain head from the Song Dynasty.
In November, He Jiankui, an associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology, announced that a pair of genetically edited infants named Lulu and Nana were born in China. Hundreds of scientists strongly condemned it and denied that they were related to the matter. The National Health Commission requested to conduct an investigation into the incident.