Hyperreality China 超真实中国
(2005-2011)

The philosophical term “hyperreality” derives from the French philosopher Jean-Baudrillard’s creation, referring to the blurring of the distinction between reality and falsity. In the Greek language, “hyper” means “beyond” or “transcending”, with the connotation that it is of a higher level of reality, therefore implying a reality that is made in accordance with a model. Hyperreality means more than imitation, and it is not produced, rather it is always in the state of having been reproduced. Hence, reality is now no longer a natural being , but artificially created or re-created as in the case of a simulated circumstance. This does not mean, however, that it has become untrue or incredible, but that it is more than reality, a sort of reality that is carefully disposed of in a hallucinatory similarity.

Such descriptions attached to postmodern society by Baudrillard 30 years ago, seem like a self-fulfilling prophecy in China today. Seen in light of the great transformation of urbanization China is now undertaking, the actual viewsights appear overwhelmingly to be something kind of hyperreality. Photography functions eligibly to recreate the hyperreality in present China, since it is widely accepted as the equipment for the reproduction of the image of actual reality. So I make an attempt to create hyperreal pictures in an ultra-careful and panoramic manner.

Ever since 2004, I have been active in various programs of photography, take pictures of the huge projects of the Three Gorges Dam and the Qinhai-Tibet Railway, whose scales are truly beyond our imagination, together with the Cityscape caught while travelling around several Chinese cities in pursuit of a showcase of the urbanizing China and the like, all taken on many a spontaneous moments of the actual scene, are making clear to all what Baudrillard means when he says “nomical-becomes associated with the dimension of the hyperreal phantasm. Wherever we are, we are already in actual ‘aesthetical’ illusions.”

In China, the hyperreal sights are still holding on, and it makes sense that the word “hyperreality” shall never die off with its everlasting meanings so long as I keep an eye on the program of “hyperreality China” photography. I consider what an outcome it will produce if the tranditional orient civilization and modern western civilization integrate with each other? Will it be like the theme described so much in the science fiction moives: the combination of different genes always produces Alien with exceeding energy and breaking power?

“超真实”(hyperreality),这一单词取自法国思想家让鲍得里亚(Jean Baudrillard)创造的哲学术语,“超真实是指真实与非真实之间的区分已变得日益模糊不清。在希腊语中‘hyper’是‘超过’的意思,表明它比真实还要真实,是一种按照模型产生出来的真实。超真实是完全包含着模拟,它不是被生产出来的,而‘始终是一种已经被再生产出来的东西’,即此时真实不再单纯是一些现成之物(如风景或海洋),而是人为地生产(或再生产)出来的‘真实’(例如模拟环境),它不是变得不真实或荒诞了,而是比真实更真实,成了一种在‘幻境式的(自我)相似中被精心雕琢过的真实’。”

鲍得里亚这些在30多年前对后现代社会的描述,在今天的中国似乎已变成正在被验证的预言,身处转型期城市化的中国城市,扑面而来的现实景观似乎处处饱含着超真实的意味。而摄影这一被人们普遍认为可以复制现实的工具,用来复制现今中国的超真实景观似乎是再合适不过了,因而我便使用大画幅相机企图以超细致全景式地复制社会现实,制造超真实图像。

从2004年开始至今,我一直在拍摄的各个主题的摄影计划,从最开始拍摄城市里倒闭的卡拉OK俱乐部的《欢乐今宵》;到在全国各地拍摄各种状态的主题公园的《东方乐园》、《世界遗迹》;还有近年来中国那些超乎想像的巨大工程金三峡水库和青藏铁路,以及环游多个中国城市拍摄中国城市化进程中所呈现的城市风景,等等这些在某个瞬间捕捉刻画的真实场景,似乎正昭示着鲍得里亚所指的“正是今天的现实本身是超真实的今天,正是全部日常现实金政治的,社会的,历史的,经济的金从现在起与超真实性的幻像维度结合起来。不论在何处,我们都已经生活在现实的‘美学’幻觉中。”

超真实景观,在中国,还在继续中,而我的“超真实中国”摄影计划也在继续中,也许“超真实”一词本身就有永无止境的含义。

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Hyperrealilty China-Fengdu,2006
超真实中国 - 丰都,2006
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Hyperrealilty China-Beijing,2006
超真实中国-北京,2006
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Hyperrealilty China-Huizhou,2005
超真实中国-惠州,2005
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Hyperrealilty China-New CCTV,2009
超真实中国-新中央电视台,2009
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Hyperrealilty China-Chongqing,2007
超真实中国-重庆,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Kunming,2007
超真实中国-昆明,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Chongqing,2009
超真实中国-重庆坝坝舞,2009
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Hyperrealilty China-Chongqing,2006
超真实中国-重庆,2006
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The graveyard of Red Guard,2006
超真实中国-重庆红卫兵公墓,2006
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Hyperrealilty China-Chongqing,2007
超真实中国-重庆,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Chongqing,2007
超真实中国 - 重庆三峡广场,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Shanghai,2007
超真实中国-上海世博会拆迁,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Fengjie,2007
超真实中国 - 奉节,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Yunyang,2007
超真实中国 - 云阳江姐纪念像,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Wushan,2007
超真实中国 - 巫山,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Wu groge,2007
超真实中国 - 巫峡,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Fengjie,2007
超真实中国 - 奉节,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Yunyang,2007
超真实中国 - 云阳,2007
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Hyperrealilty China-Pengzhou,2009
超真实中国-四川彭州,2009
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Hyperrealilty China-Kunlun Mt,2006
超真实中国-昆仑山脚,2006
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Naqu,Tibet railway,2006
超真实中国-那曲,青藏铁路,2006
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Hyperrealilty China-Guangzhou,2011
超真实中国-广州,2011