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three gorges

three gorges Ivan Cheng Atelier Neitzert Heraud Castelbouze, Saint-Chinian, France 21 June 2014 - 2015

gallery 1 gorges (I, II) 2 x 30W, 240V insect killers dismantled of housing. mirror backed with cut-out particle board white 3 way adaptor, 120cm extension in broken wall socket (3 parts) turned on continuously since june 21, 2014

13 aluminium tape frame markers

room perimeter trace of topsoil and covered with thin layer of topsoil + loam steps were made into small, uneven slope paper pressings of 150 year old vines were laid out watered until disintegrated (windows and doors left open)


literal fauvism I 150 drilled plugholes in rendered wall

literal fauvism II

childrens dining in the ss normandie

outer panels: babar does yoga

steel rod with arrow pointing north

steel rod with two round ends gallery 2 gargoyles (here)

gorges (III)

steel rod with two round ends


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three gorges == ==

Light seems to mark day, and the sunsets here are never dramatic. day will contract and expand until next year. In this valley, the air rushes down through the mountains, and those streams have names B and A could list, retired university lecturers who annually travel to the temperate south. They are on holiday, but not tourists. B puts his walks inside and it surprises me again that I am taller than him, and he tells me and my butter slicked brush that A has a story to tell, he drying my hands on myself. My shoes force me to clomp a little down the concrete slope. J has taken out small candles and conversation is peripatetic; I prompt the story twice, trying not to sound aggressive or passive about leaving the pan I was washing. A and B have been cooking most evenings, and I and J have been bringing desserts to the point where we are abstaining. Meat graces the table most nights, and in the daytime between, J tells me that he rarely eats so heavily because of the HIV medication he takes daily, and I am left to nod, though we both enthusiastically moue at the cuts of veal, pork, beef, pâté. The conversation moves to India, a place upheld by J, before moving back to real estate in the region, as A and B continue their search. It serves to note that B left his wife of 23 years for A, and 23 years

state-side, France, but India – the orient – acts as a talisman for J to hold, an anchor of exoticism or integrity from which to talk about the future market and former properties, the past, present and future represented in francs and the euro.


J insists on his preference for ascetic life, and as artists, we constantly battle our desire to tastefully denounce capitalism. I fret about external romanticising of the profession, but I am still in a phase of being excited

to know how to label certain things. For instance, I have learnt that calling myself an advocate for feminist politics is wiser than advising people that this is what a feminist looks like. Speaking to I, J is the SS; because I am in France, I mention semiotext(e), Hatred of Capitalism, on because it means nothing. So I push A and B back to their story: un-retired, some university business with pleasure time on the end, a colleague has booked a behest of A. B punctuates the story with the certainty that A cannot stomach any hills that are any higher than these in Saint-Chinian; he repeats himself. These former Yugoslavian craggy mountains which so steeply incline encourage vertigo, and as they recount I wonder if I can visualise these hills around us into mountains, stripped of trees, as panicky as I am when picking through the overgrown paths alone. I imagine myself dying on these hilly tracks, attacked by snakes, tangled in webs, but B and A have driven down to Croatia where they are alone on the beach, a true privilege, incredible, nowadays Croatia is crawling with tourists, but this was when they were new to each other, and the restaurateurs were gagging for business, sometimes young men in uniform come into town, and blissful on an empty promenade A and B are reminded of the war that was on at the time. A and B say yes, it was an ethical problem, whether we should fuel the local economy and it was perfectly safe, but they end up leaving early anyway. How can their story be told better? What is lost in the transmission of it?

that the footage is soundtracked by Mozart, and the men are shot by a handheld camera as they behold the stone phallus and pose of the footage is mistreated in this instance, an ethical problem, and

and ownership of image, and the reasons we might have for these

permissions from. Questions are raised about our ethnic attractions,


our roles as tourists – what do I, B, and A fetishize and transform by wielding cameras or commenting on in this region? A refers to J as le maître de maison, and the party disperses with dirty dishes before regrouping for dessert and another glass of wine. When as the footage is brutally gonzo and the stone phallus is castrated, which the cruisers seems to gloss over for its remarkable size and

rather than the gay community, but is still unsure about the content and permission, the Olympic torch of representation that J bears in

=== === Friends internet browser which addresses me in block letters:


The website I use is mildly political, – unleashing the free tv revolt – and asks me to spread the word – spread the revolution before disclaiming their complicity in illegal internet conduct. The attractiveness of committing a minor crime, of overcoming the system of ownership, is less seductive than easy. I have been raised to feel entitled to free content, but am also saddled with chronic, criminal shadow with the pseudonym A/R. By publishing under an Arab name, the Norwegian M/F forces the reader to focus on the literary content, dimensions. A book is accessible in a different way than an exhibition. This is a chance as you create a conceptual framework while having some interpreted in so many different ways. 14

One of the ideas I have been pursuing for quite some time now is what you are feeling for and about yourself and how productive

because maybe it is your own company that is unbearable. Whether this emptiness is to be taken as a trait of contemporary humanity any romantic ideas of the past in this respect, of people sitting by themselves and being full of life and existence. I guess both painful solitude and misanthropist feelings have been around for quite a

all these means and they become an image for the emptiness of existence as such.

work is actually not that sellable, but that depends on the intention I am pursuing with a piece. I love the proto-conceptual work, from

within production. That has probably been the biggest inspiration for my own work during the last few years. Even though the desperation

So what is your attempt? humanist ideals. Sometimes I think these ideas are too monolithic and I wanted to challenge that. Hence the whole issue of misanthropy. The fact that humanism incorporates any cultural output – however harsh or critical it might be, that it is always read as a comment or books take no position whatsoever they are read as criticism. How do you handle the fact that everything that is produced in the art world, Well, it also happens to my products. My attempt is to make certain kinds of statements and to create an output that is not absorbed too also part of the plan: to disturb, and to bring these negativist ideas into entertainment. Entertainment is such an important issue these days and hard to get away from. With my books I also contribute ideas of how much dissent can be put into the mechanisms of the spectacular.


part of my research or experimentation within the different modes of entertainment. Your character R once thinks about doing something more evil than Writing a love story, maybe.

Time is edited in Friends as written characters are transformed into dimensional characters over ten seasons. They are the consistent over the duration, but their time is divided into episodes, and I can choose any of these predetermined paths into their lives to spend historic idiosyncracies of New York in the 90s. Yes, the audience laughs regardless of the platform, hd-stage or otherwise, and as the slightly blurred episodes load, freeze and blur, I wonder how different

sets, re-watching and re-spending this time with Friends. ==


about his dyslexia, the difference in his perception of depth and perspective. I reads out texts that he has written, compiled, published, wary of the difference between the speed of the printed page and his reading voice, trying to indicate punctuation. The deterioration of text when removed from its desired context is threatening. Perhaps the best way to preserve it is to keep it hermetically sealed, rather than expose it to the elements. Believing that curation and writing cannot be divorced, I expresses the uncertainty of purpose with which or in material possessions. “Material possessions are indivisible from self esteem�, they rattle out, almost as a platitude. J explains his attraction to geometric forms as a kind of invisibility as artist, but I points out that geometric substantiation carries as heavy a there are associations. There are forty-eight years between I and J, and there are differences beyond the fundamental linguistic divide. I has trouble perceiving the effect of dyslexia. He thinks about the process of visualising; architectural structures from plans, theatre from


collages, and there are videos where the strips have been fabricated. The strips are held by two people, or draped on two poles or a fence, travelling, and I ask to see these strips, the big ones. He carries a suitcase down stairs, and there are twenty-eight of the ten metre

They are made of indian silk, each one in two colours. They are folded neatly. The colours are very vibrant, and J has stitched them together.

stitching, how they have transferred from drawn mathematical form to

have travelled and been handled by different places and people. This is literally fabrication of an idea, I smile to myself. In speaking back

alongside that of international contemporaries, and wonder what my role is, making a solo show here in a space which so richly carries

an institution.

as insidious imperialist, which is of course a demonstration of high Fauvism. I soon arrives at the subheading Literalist Fauvism, and early schematics indicate that the space will be blue – a Blue Period. The show is titled Three Gorges, because I is constantly aware of and performances occur over a month as a yearlong show begins. == ==



As I left Hamilton Hall for the rally, I met a student of mine who had

simultaneous interpreter. It was an unforgettable scene for two reasons. One was the deeply crowd of Panthers and students—he was planted in the middle of the steps with his audience all around him rather than in front of him—

storminess, relentless control, and almost religious stillness. What

enigmatic and curiously neutral look. The other memorable aspect of that rally was the stark contrast

“In this motherfucking son-of-a-bitch country, in which reactionary

and not speaker dominated the proceedings, the great writer never so much as blinked. This added to my respect and interest in the

through teaching and ,I was surprised at what appeared from a distance to be his immaculate


attributed to him by his translator, who allowed himself to ignore what scatology of some of the plays and prose writings. Notwithstanding his repeated betrayals and his claims to of a recognizable and indeed strongly marked social being with real, albeit threatened, bonds connecting him to people and ideas. In part

is a clearly perceptible element. Far from occurring in the abstract, however, it is interpretable as part of his radical politics, which have allied him with Black Panthers, Algerians, and Palestinians. To betray them is not to abandon them exactly, but to retain for himself the right not to belong, not to be accountable, not to be tied down. of overturned or exploded Orientalism? Or is it a sort of reformulated love for Arabs to be his approach to them, but there is no indication that he aspired to a special position, like some benevolent White Father, when he was with them or wrote about them. On the other hand, he never tried to go native, be someone other than he was. There is no evidence at all that he relied on colonial knowledge or lore to guide him, and he did not resort in what he wrote or said to cliches about Arab customs, or mentality, or a tribal past, which he might have used to interpret what he saw or felt.





we walk the half marathon, where a supper transitions us from dim light to midnight. We start eating more pudding. The air in here still smells like butter, so I has spoken about how friends have spoken about J/C cook books, the magnetism of butter, folding entire blocks between layers of pastry. J admits to being a use of butter as lubricant. A, B, I explain to J who N/L is, her recent struggles in the media. A and B are not fans, savaging her, so I feels like a sole defender. A and B criticise her sexualised antics for the camera, retching domestic goddess, and B attempts a poorly gauged imitation, breathy and all hands. I performs much more convincingly, much less fey, and the fracture of language allows the conversation to progress as J asks if her character would be tongue. Of course, we are speaking again about real estate, the mill around the hill belongs to the C family, and we nod approval for

and they are intractably driven to living in this region. They desire the gossip and trend, and B drips with disdain at the vogues that

cooking, which is as recent a revelation in his life as a penchant for bio products and vegetarianisch foods. I is pretty lost, in a state of constant rearticulation about beliefs. He has reached an age where he is acting age appropriate, rather than older than he is. I is constantly touching against failure in language or its reproduction.

essential to the landscape much like the terraced rice paddies are in china. The steeper the hill that the grapes grow on, the better they the middle class. Bordeaux is for the bourgeois and LanguedocRoussillon, where we are, is good but not great. I watched Babar on the plane over and was so concerned with the embedded imperialism, and the humanistic tendencies of the animals. 24

down the tarkett, tape stuck to the toe and the ring, but when it is not pulling away, I thinks of the ring as an additional nail, wrapping the circumference of the toe crevasse. I sits for a while the nail striking the ground are not sympathetic – it becomes complex.

for, I thought, thinking not only about the idea of choreography, but also why I had come to the south of France to do so. He gloves to touch the old grapevines. He walks up the hill towards

until they disintegrate, at which point he pulls up the tarkett and disposes of it in the dumpster.

gesamtkunstwerk, each total-art-work is supposed to exist as a complete in itself. J lifts the gingham tablecloth from under the pewter candleabras and notes that there is a steel topological form supporting the glass tabletop, J says that in a way this whole suite of buildings is his gesamtkunstwerk, this is his lifetime, and I thinks that the innate resistance to this idea comes from the absorption of historic architectural style necessary to do so. Nights later, A and B are speaking against the anachronism of besser blocks in the region, that the French allow property to deteriorate, the English have been hungry to buy holiday houses that are neglected, but their renovations.


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The caves we visit are lit in lush colours we look at from viewing

rutting pantomime. But our guide P turns out the lights to remind occurs when the house lights are extinguished and the stage lights force the audience to believe in total darkness. Size and scale are apt.

A gorge is eaten out, cut through by the river, and in caves the same has happened, but there is less light, I guess. Water transforms on a different timeline. The caves are lit in pinks and blues, and of course we think about how museums exhibit artefacts, how decay or growth

From my belt I take a small sounding hammer, it can climb mountains

The yellow pillow has small pills of dark lint, and shoving it towards my feet, I pivot my body towards the screen, focusing on the dam. My belly was against the sheets and I pulled myself up into the cobra down to the screen as I breathe and hold and I am not dressed. I tilt green from submerged foliage or pollution.

and the archaeological sites of their home. Built on a fault line, The hydro-electric generator is the future, but now they mention to the property value. 26

gorges dam. What is the difference between a gorge and a canyon? three canyons.

polemic, endemic loneliness. The ship lift is hydraulic too, the lock lower. When the dam is closed, the ship is carried up or down the course or sinking it, a sinkhole in the crust which water shoots out of.

expression of the French colonial imagination; it is a selfconscious comedy about the French colonial imagination and its close relation to the French domestic imagination. The gist of the classic early books of the nineteen-thirties— “The Story of Babar” and “Babar the King,” particularly—is explicit and intelligent: the lure of the city, of civilization, of style and order and bourgeois living is real, for elephants as for humans. The costs of those things are real, too, in the perpetual care, the sobriety of effort, they demand. The happy effect that Babar has on us, and our imaginations, 27

that, while it is a very good thing to be an elephant, still, the life of an elephant is dangerous, wild, and painful. It is therefore a safer thing to be an elephant in a house near a park.

transcending the patronisation of children with low hanging work, reductive phone apps. How should one interface with work? B recalls inviting illiterate Moroccan migrants to recreate an authentic village inside the museum. This was then used to manufacture an authentic experience for visiting children, live music and activities, ending with a communal glass of mint tea. I raises the issue that by selling an authentic immersion, B risks turning Morocco into a theme park. Is it not better for opinions to grow from the authenticity of place, which resists transformation into a museum by the sheer volume of

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family practice yoga too? I started practicing yoga in Paris 25 years ago with the Indian master Sri Mahesh. Since 1985, when I came to live in the U.S., I have practiced by myself every morning. Only one other person in my family practices yoga: my niece, Isabelle. I introduced her to Mahesh and she is now a yoga instructor. Her book, for which published in New Zealand in 1998 and in the U.S. in 1999. Isabelle 28

thinking about children when I wrote my book.

her character is not based on my niece.

I was doing some little pencil sketches for my wife, Phyllis Rose, to help her get started with yoga (which she never did!) and she I started immediately. Phyllis wrote the story--how the elephants started practicing yoga--while I was working on the elephant drawings.


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the lights have shifted over the last seventy-one minutes from to a more focused cold. progressively, the audience changes colour;

strokes and worries about the life of these materials when the season ends, which is now. a slim man has been making the sound while on stage. we think he might be Japanese, and he is dressed in a slim-cut black t-shirt and tapered maroon trousers. he steps forward with the two dancers, and they bow, graciously accepting the applause, and, standing in the centre, he puts his two arms around the two women as their collaboration is applauded. the two women are nude and smiling as the accept an ovation, and slowly attenuates and deb parses the program, until all that is left are our bodies in the front row and a group who are understood to be friends of the company. they are probably choreographers, ivan thinks, because they look like they want to control bodies in space.


tease out while personally forming a way to archive her own history. for the moment, ivan forgets his suspicion of speaking his opinions,

why i have a ego a large pink rat crawls out of the new york street gutter and greets the two of them. the rat has a few paws too many, but ivan and deb skitters around a lamp post, their eyes follow her. they walk a little closer, and are on either side of the lamp post with their rat friend pattering circles around their feet and they successively make eye contact with each other. their pink friend tells ivan that he should also be suspicious of the problems in the transmission of thoughts from the mind to spoken phrase, and the way images might be damaged in their transference from frame to frame. deb has already proclaimed her love of the movement language, and ivan accepts this because he know that deb loves the company in which the dancers met. he thinks the work was interesting because choreography is relevant, especially in light of the way it is structured and soundtracked.

the blasĂŠ glassiness with which one leans a slim torso back so that the thick sheet of cobalt sandpaper in the back pocket of overalls chafes against the cotton drill. the two performers are mostly nude before us, naked for most of the evening but for motorcycle boots, sometimes axes, wielding the blades to sluice logs or scrape at pubic hair. everyone-body here knows that they met dancing in dg, the Brussels company of a Berlin resident who left North America, and we nod to themselves that you can tell from the way the body is used in residence at deSingel in Antwerp, and how the work I saw struck me as the most apt vessel for revealing those performers, three young women who took turns wearing glasses with a small camera on them, looking at each other, moving, a gaze is a gap is a ghost.)

to invisibly construct meaning from them moving around the space.

not sure about, and regret the lack of grace with which I try to control this consent. The women performing bind themselves unnecessarily 31

with bits of rope and tether, grinding from there, and I think about the most ambivalent bondage I can think of, which is Teaching Mrs Tingle. unfairly graded due to linguistic semantics and melodrama accused witch in Salem. Corrections in the character use of the word ironic recur in the dialogue. M/F is asked:

In this so-called post-ironical age you have to understand irony as a way of speaking that is impossible to neglect, because there simply are some phenomena you cannot possibly speak of without irony. Think of all the art institutions – is it really possible not to be ironic if you are participating and at the same time know how they

maybe the only way you can speak about certain issues. Some phenomena and some forms of existence require this ironical rhetoric, this double voice in order to cope

very hard nowadays to take uncompromising stances because this is obviously not a solution.

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mastering particular passion trying to become a Bernhard character

There is no vernissage, the insect destructors drown history, the composite colours are faded into a memorial. It has become a hollow proxy, extinguishing possibility for other population – the







it is suddenly dark it all means too much




== I began moving my hands in circles, but

it occurred to me that the gorge was empty. I looked down and saw lines of trees and vines and smelled the cooking butter. I forgot how to cook, or was it that I forgot how to cook like they do from the region? history and tradition has a strange place in travelling life, what can you do or think anymore? she said to me, we are all animals there is no way you can eat yourself but then I is walking, a tourist on a path in the is there, and I thinks, A, how would you have dealt with this place if there were no trees, if somehow it was all burnt down. the gorge has been washed out, it was blue and is now green == in the theatre, the effect of a complete blackout

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spoil it in a the hall ny way. It simp ly gets sm aller too gets smaller a and few nd sma , and n er peop ller atu le others, of cours watching. Nex rally there are and t to this e. New fewer stages s that hav tage there are the aud e sprun ience is g up ov tiny, tho er ugh all e legant, Here th for lack e capac of a bett ity after ye er ar the p is huge, the ha ll is alwa rosceniu Sometim y m s e full, and grows b intellectu s the perform year ers from y leaps and b als give ounds. televisio their talk the sta ge whe n s are in re vit is the s stage. On this ame, th stage th ed to perform o the e persp e openin n the ective s lightly a g of the mine bespea ltered, ks a my althoug sterious h sense o f humor, but it sti ll stinks . up perm anent r esidenc The roa e rs keep coming on the televisio the inte from the n prosc llectuals enium. opening keep m of the m isinterp r in e ti ea ng them themse lves. Th . In fact, nd e ir they, hear sp oken by best words ar e borro the spe wings th ctators at they in the fr ont row . These spike in th theaters eir mortality ra te. Whe a n the w mines w re closed and orkday they co ith big s ends th ver the heets o the nigh e o f pe ste t. The m oon is fa el. The intelle nings of the seems ctuals r ed ta etire for notes r ible. Songs ca nd the night a eaching ir n be he ard in s is so pure it the stre wander ome ba so et. Som rs, the etimes and drin ff course and an inte goes in ks mez llectual to one cal. The o n he th inks wh f these places at would happen which c omes h ome ev ery nigh t so tha t the in tellectua sense o l f order, his bus tle, his spirit of revelry rest on 47


p 2-3 p5 p 6-7 p 8-10

install detail: install detail: room sheet excerpt:

p 11

install view:

childrens dining in the ss normandie gorges (I, II) T Bernhard gargoyles tr. R & C Winston (1967/2006) literal fauvism I

p 12-14 A, B, I, J p 16-17 install detail: literal fauvism I p 19 install view: p 20-21 excerpt:

gorges (I, II), literal fauvism I E Said

p 22-23 install detail: p 24-25 install detail:

gorges (II) deux plateaux (d.buren)

p 27

install detail:

Babar brought, J de Brunhoff deux plateaux (d.buren), dam wall with 13

p 29

install detail:

p 30-32 p 32-33 p 34-35 p 36-37 p 38-39 p 40-41

(north-south) disguise, ny, irony install detail: literal fauvism I install view: curtain 1, dam wall, deux plateaux, gorges install view: literal fauvism II, curtain 4 install view: install detail:

p 42-43 install view: p 44-45 p 46-47 p 48-49 p 48 p 49 p 50-51

gorges (I, II), dam wall with 13 engineered

install detail: gorges (I) excerpt: R Bolano install detail: contents acknowledgements install detail:

tr. N Wimmer (2004, 2008)

+ insert text commissioned for three gorges Black Rainbows by Jack Jeweller


and Atelier Neitzert Heraud for their support and assistance Established in 2000, Atelier Neitzert Heraud is dedicated to promoting contemporary art through its collection, organisation of exhibitions, and residencies. Within an exceptional framework for concentration and facilitating their research and creations; it berators, and musicians of all nationalities, focusing culture in the region. By its activity and support for artists, Atelier Neitzert Heraud tural dynamisation of the Languedoc Roussillon region. Artists previously exhibited include: Francis Alys, Lucio Fontana, Yotta

Holler, Yousseff Nabil, Markus Schinwald, Sophie Calle, Homai Vyarawalla, Vivek Vilasini, Olafur Eliasson.




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three gorges  

text / catalogue from ivan cheng's 'three gorges'. 21 june 2014-15 atelier neitzert heraud saint-chinian, france inc text by jack jeweller...

three gorges  

text / catalogue from ivan cheng's 'three gorges'. 21 june 2014-15 atelier neitzert heraud saint-chinian, france inc text by jack jeweller...