10 Days in Kraków / 在克拉科夫的十日
Yuanyuan Yang / 杨圆圆

This book is nominated as one of the best photobooks in Fotobookfestival Kassel 2015, and listed as Author Book Award in Arles Photo Festival 2015.

Size: 185 x 260 x 20mm
168 pages, Clothbound Hardcover
First Edition: 500, all numbered, Published in December 2014
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Yuanyuan Yang (b. 1989) lives and works in Beijing. She received a BA (Hons) in Photography at the London College of Communications, University of the Arts London in 2013. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with exhibitions in London, New York, Toronto, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and so on. Yang was the shortlisted artist of Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2014; one of the UK winners for Magenta: Flash Forward in 2013 and the selected photographer for Tierney Fellowship in 2012; in 2011, she won the 3rd prize for Bar-Tur Award. ­

楊圓圓,生于1989年,目前工作居住于北京。她于2013年獲得倫敦藝術大學倫敦傳媒學院的攝影本科學位。她的作品曾在國內外參展與發表,包括倫敦、紐約、多倫多、北京、上海、重慶等等。楊圓圓于2014年獲得Bloomberg New Contemporaries的提名;2013年被選爲Magenta: Flash Forward攝影獎的英國獲獎人之一;並于2012年和2011年分別獲得了美國特尼基金獎和英國Bar-Tur攝影獎。

“Who are we, who is each of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in every way conceivable.”-Italo Calvino

10 Days in Kraków is presented in the form between a travelogue and a scrapbook. Although the book doesn’t have a content page, within the seemingly fragmented structure, three chapters unfold themselves – War, City, and Connection (from there to here / from I to you). The book consists of snapshots, diaries and found images I created or collected during my 10 days stay in the city, as well as fragments (film stills and text excerpts) from three existing works: The Sky Crawlers (2008, directed by Mamoru Oshii), Invisible Cities (written by Italo Calvino) and 2 or 3 Things I Know about Her (1967, directed by Jean-Luc Godard). The appropriation of three existing works also distinguishes the three-chapter structure of the book. The fragments from three works that created at different times and backgrounds are carefully intertwined with the materials I collected in Kraków during the 10 days. These elements sometimes mingle intensively, while other times, structured relatively loosely. Mediated by the rhythm of editing and sequencing, the fragments gradually weaved out a vague and open narrative..

I have always been interested in the situation when the traveller visits an unknown city and could only stop for a very limited period. How does one’s personal history and knowledge interact with a city’s vast web of time? What are the possible links between one’s encounters at this particular moment and other events previously happened at the same place? This book is only an attempt to present one of the many possibilities it could have been realized: the book would probably still be created even if I hadn’t purchased found photographs at Hala Targowa on 16th July, 2013; hadn’t visited Polish Aviation Museum on 15th July, 2013; or hadn’t watched the film 2 or 3 Things about Her back in 2011, yet its way of narration and form could be totally different from how it is now.

The physicist Julian Barbour posits a timeless universe that depends on a series of what he calls “Nows”, he wrote: “My basic idea is that time as such does not exist. There is no invisible river of time. But there are things that you could call instants of time, or ‘Nows’. As we live, we seem to move through a succession of Nows, and the question is, what are they? They are arrangements of everything in the universe relative to each other in any moment, for example, now. ” From this perspective, we could also posit another assumption, that there are no barriers between the past, the now and the future, every ‘Now’ is an influx of countless lines that consists incalculable ‘Nows’ -- all things are interrelated and interdependent; nothing exists in isolation. In fact, this assumption could also be reflected in our daily surroundings, such as layers of scratches on the surface of the wall, or the consistent movement of countless signals that occupies our brains.

-Yuanyuan Yang, 2014

“我们每一个人,如果不是各种经验、信息、我们读过的书所想象过的事物等等的复合体,又是什么呢? 每个人的生活都是一部百科全书、一个图书馆、一份器物清单、一系列的风格;一切都可以不断地混合起来,并且以一切可能的方式记录下来。”

——卡尔维诺

《在克拉科夫的十日》以一种介于旅行笔记和手札之间的形式呈现。尽管这本书并没有目录,但是书的整体结构实际包含了三个隐形的章节,它们被构架在看似零散的排版形式之上——1.战争;2.城市;3.联结(从彼处到此处/从我到你)。书中所出现的素材包括我在克拉科夫逗留的10天之内留下的快照、手记以及收集的老照片,以及对于三件既存作品的引用(电影截图以及文字摘录)。这三件作品包括:《空中杀手》(2008年,导演:押井守)、《看不见的城市》(作者:卡尔维诺)以及《我略知她一二》(1967,导演:戈达尔)。对于三件既存作品的引用划分出了这三个隐形章节的框架。来自三个不同年代与背景的既存作品与我在克拉科夫10天之内所搜集的素材交织在一起,它们之间的关系时而紧密交织,时而又相对松散。通过排版与排列的节奏调和,这些素材逐渐在书中编织出一条模糊而开放的叙事。

一直以来我都对于旅行者的状态很感兴趣。当我们前往一个陌生的城市并只能停留很短的时间时,个人的经验与知识是否能与城市庞大的时间网络发生关联?我们此时在此地所遭遇的事物,是否能与彼时在此地发生的事件产生联结?这本书呈现的仅仅是诸多可能性中的一种:倘若我并没有在2013年7月16日去Hala Targowa购买旧照片,没有在7月15日前往波兰航空博物馆参观,或者没有在2011年就看过戈达尔的电影《我略知她一二》,也许这本书依然会诞生,但它最终的叙事和形式可能完全会是另一种样子。

物理学家Julian Barbour曾假设过一个全部由“此刻”(Nows)组成的无时间的宇宙。他这样说道:“隐秘的时间之河是不存在的。但却存在可被称为 时间点(instants of time),或者‘此刻’的东西。在我们的生命过程中,我们就像是穿过一段连续的此刻,问题在于,它们是什么呢?它们是宇宙中一切在任何时刻彼此关联的排列,比如,现在”从另一个角度去假设,或许过去、现在与未来之间不存在真正的间隔,每一个“此刻”都是由无数条时间轴汇集而成,也因此,没有任何一件事物是孤立存在的,一切都是彼此关联的。事实上,这种假设或许就被投射在我们的日常周遭中,譬如在充满繁复印记的墙面上,或者我们时刻都被多重信号所充斥的头脑里。

——杨圆圆,2014

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