Hu Fang

  • Dear Navigator

    Dear Navigator

    Hu Fang

    Hu Fang's Dear Navigator is a collection of ten short stories that reflect on contemporary society, politics, and the human condition. The author takes us on a journey across time and space to hidden realities where we meet culture workers, astronauts, airplanes, Zen masters, and hunger artists. The title story “Dear Navigator” is a collection of letters written during a 520-day simulated space mission to Mars—to test if humans can endure travel from Earth to Mars and back again. “Whale Song” tells the story of XP, a lonely male escort, as he goes on a surreal journey to self-realization, and “The Shame of Participation” tells a tale of two thieving artists who legally steal objects from those living in a city in desperation. When the reality turns into fiction, and the science fiction becomes reality, Hu draws on the experience of everyday life, the past, and the unknown future to create stories of otherworldly melancholy and humor.

    Hu Fang is a fiction writer and cofounder of Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, and The Pavilion, Beijing. He lives and works in Guangzhou and Beijing. Previously published titles include Troubled Laughter (2012), Garden of Mirrored Flowers (2010), and Pavilion to the Heart's Insight (2008). His stories have been published in e-flux journal, Manifesta Journal, and various publications including Ming Wong: Life of Imitation, Drone Fiction, Odyssey: Architecture and Literature, and Gwangju Folly.

    Copublished with The Pavilion

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  • Garden of Mirrored Flowers

    Garden of Mirrored Flowers

    Hu Fang

    Three Principles of Garden of Mirrored Flowers: 1“The sensations that visitors to the theme park will experienceare precisely those that classical Chinese literature has alwayswanted to convey: life as a bewildering maze.As such, we can better comprehend one of the key principlesfor the construction of the theme park: bewilder—the soul— intensely.”

    2“In the process of construction, I began to increasingly feel thatthe process should be an intermittent walk from one area to the next,like how a moving essay is extracted from a grand narrative—this istherefore the second principle of designing gardens: the form maydisperse but not the spirit.”

    3"Just like the flower fairies, we have all fallen to earth, havinglost our inner equilibrium. As such, no one would turn down theopportunity to enjoy the spiritual release and pleasure that this kindof theme park can offer.Garden of Mirrored Flowers is hence a psychodrama of an evenhigher class.Therefore, we should be able to understand the third principlefor the construction of the park easily: the world's experientialcenter."

    Fang's novel tells the story of a man in the process of designing a theme park, called Garden of Mirrored Flowers, and is an adaptation and transformation of the classical Chinese novel Jin Hua Yuan, or Flowers in the Mirror, from the Qing Dynasty. Beginning as a pictorial journey through myriad advertisements and the way they allow for many different entries into reality, Fang depicts parallels between the park's actual construction and how it has been imagined, or how it has evolved out of history. For Garden of Mirrored Flowers is less the vision of one author (Fang) and more the result of reality writing itself through this author; that is, a script, or documentary, of life. “It's a book,” Fang states, “written by a ghost writer. Me? Just a traveler floating within the wave of globalization.” Culminating with the park's opening ceremony, Fang creates a space where history seems to have been completely consumed and absorbed by contemporary social movements. It is both a labyrinth to get lost in and a pavilion made of reflective glass.

    Hu Fang is a novelist, art critic, and the co-founder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space, a project and gallery space dedicated to contemporary art exploration and searching for an independent working mode, specifically geared to the contemporary Chinese context. He lives and works in Beijing and Guangzhou.

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Contributor

  • Wonderflux

    Wonderflux

    A Decade of e-flux Journal

    e-flux journal

    Illustrated essays that consider emergent consistencies and overarching issues that defined the first decade of e-flux journal.

    Wonderflux brings together a group of longtime contributors and graphic artists to collaborate on illustrated essays that develop a new pictorial language around some of the emergent consistencies and overarching issues that defined the first decade of e-flux journal. These pieces ask: what is a mirror for? How does time come to be? They introduce us to faceless people; shapeshifting, omnipresent eyes; workers and robots; and twentieth-century American food riots. They ask us to consider the relation between the mind and the speed of events. They demand we resist hope, refuse prophecy, and hasten the mortality of value.

    Contributors

    Liam Gillick, Reza Negarastani & Keith Tilford, Keller Easterling & Meijia Xu, Hu Fang & Mojo Wang, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Elizabeth A. Povinelli & Clara Bessijelle Johansson, Raqs Media Collective & Freddy Carrasco, Martha Rosler & Josh Neufeld

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