Lyu Geer, Finding the sea up the mountain, 2018, single-channel video (color, sound), 5’7’’
“The mountain of Qiang”is a plan based on Lyu Geer’s hometown ,Wenchuan,Qiang ethnic minority.The construction after the 2008 earthquake has accelerated the process of modernization in the mountains, and the regional communication became more intense and the boundary became blurred. He went through a similar field work to the local area in the early days，in a process of “re-familiarity”, the anxiety about identity gradually amplified.So He took this question to the behavior of “Finding the sea up the mountain”(Chapter 2).During the Triassic period, the Wenchuan area was in the coastal environment,He asked if the Qiang people had memories of Wenchuan and the sea.He also went up the mountain to find traces left by the sea.On the way, He met snowmen with arms open, painted white stones, fake horses, pandas……These scenes have a subtle connection with the first chapter, “The mountain of Qiang”.“Finding the sea up the mountain”，this pointless behavior seems to be like climbing trees to catch fish.Beginning to turn to more poetic, the search for geographical and identity images.After that He collected sand from the mountains, sprinkled on film in dark room.Getting the original image of “Star sea” (Chapter 3).And referring to large number of images of the stars, He painted a color that looks as real as possible for “Star sea”. He also seem to find the answer.
Chapter 2 Finding the sea up the mountain
I remember when I was a kid, the elders told me that the Wenchuan, my hometown, was a sea long time ago. I also seem to remember clearly that traces of tiny shell were found in the mountains at that time. So one day I bought a small spade and hike up to the mountain in Jiangwei City. I wanted to carry out an “archaeological excavation” to find the traces of “Seas change into mulberry fields and mulberry fields into seas”. But all I found was a pile of snail shells and animal skeletons, and an enamel cup produced in 1985. After the verification of the data, I discovered during the Triassic period, the Wenchuan area was in the coastal environment. I decided to ask the Qiang people if they had the same memories as me. “Have you ever heard that Wenchuan was a sea long long ago? “
In the interview video, the Qiang people with different identities gave me different answers. The Shibi gave me some legends about the sea. Some people understood it as Haizi (Local people called mountain lakes as Haizi), and some people said that they heard and cited some examples. Of course, some people have clearly stated that they have never heard of it.
Throughout these processes, I met snowmen with arms open, painted white stones, rockery, fake horses, pandas, trapped Buddhas……These scenes have a subtle connection with the first chapter, “The mountain of Qiang”.