I focus on people’s reflection on drought, their longing for rain and their expectation for a livable environment. So I want to have a dialogue with the sky, and I want to write a letter to the sky to tell people’s expectations for rain.
China people will call the sky LAOTIANYE, which means that they regard the sky as their grandfather and endow it with personality. This is a very interesting phenomenon, which brings people closer to the sky. When people regard the sky as a person, it becomes possible to talk with the sky. People can talk as equals as their elders and pray for rain like the sky.
At the same time, I thought about how to locate Beijing more accurately, so I found the element of swallow kite in Beijing. In the traditional culture of China, kites have the function of transmitting information. People fly kites in spring to pray for a good weather all year round. At the same time, I want to use ancient poems as decorative elements to put on kites. I think words are powerful and warm, and ancient poems condense people’s demands and expectations. Ancient and modern people, even people all over the world, have the same feelings.
I think the kite, as a demonstration element, can’t constitute a dialogue alone, so I decided to fly it and record the whole process from communication, production to flying in the form of documentary. This behavior is like sending people’s words on the ground to the sky, just like sending a letter. I think the practice of this sense of ceremony is meaningful, powerful and can touch the audience’s psychology.
I also made a calendar. The purpose is to let the audience clearly understand the precipitation in the past year, which is the information conveyed to people by the sky. With the method of data, the audience can intuitively understand the urgency of water resources, climate and other issues. In this way, people can clearly perceive the disparity between sunny days and rainy days when reading this calendar. When people see the past, they will reflect on the present, and they will also spontaneously reflect on what we should do about the future water resources and our environment.