《人—人—人》是《人物》杂志3月9日发表于微信上后被封杀的《发哨子的人》的翻版。在《发哨子的人》这一采访中,笔者详细记述了一位基于武汉的急诊科主任在早期发现新冠病毒时曾尝试鸣笛、唤起民众警惕心的前后经过,以及当权者的不作为、不关心、和对当局情况的掩饰。在原文被封杀后不久,中国网民开始制作和传播一系列关于《发哨子的人》的翻版,进行了一场接力游戏。其中包括盲文,摩尔斯电码,语音朗诵,二维码,无字天书,表情符号,PDF文件,星际大战开幕的文字排版等上百个不同版本。

作为此运动的一部分,也作为对所有参与者的致敬,本版采用了《人—人—人》这一象形标题,表现了接力时人与人紧密相连的形态。作品通过Processing软件,利用原文中970个不同的汉字所分割成的各个笔画,以图像的形式重现了武汉在新冠病毒下的情态。此版本分为几个部分:一本包含这些图像和《发哨子的人》原文的小册子(可拼凑成海报)、以及一个以图像为中心的网站(ren-ren-ren.net)。网站中也包含了可下载的PDF版小册子以及装订说明。访问者因此可自行在家打印并装订这本图册,来表示对这场运动的支持,也以实体打印的形式来保存这份重要的文档。

本项目作为我在加州大学洛杉矶分校(UCLA)艺术与建筑学院设计媒体艺术系本科的毕业设计作品。

人—人—人 is a reproduction of the censored interview 发哨子的人 / The Whistle-giver. The original interview was published on March 9th on the social media channels of 人物 / People, a Chinese magazine. 发哨子的人 / The Whistle-giver detailed a Wuhan E.R. director’s attempt to sound the alarm at the initial discovery of COVID-19, as well as the authority’s inaction, downplay, and coverup of the viral situation. Soon after the censorship of this text, Chinese netizens engaged in a game of relay by re-producing and disseminating distinct variations of the interview. Encoded in braille, morse code, recorded reading, QR code, invented scripts, emojis, PDFs, video in the style of Star War’s opening crawl, hundreds of different versions have been made and shared. This is a collective effort to combat internet censorship and to keep this important interview in circulation. To read an English version of the interview, please click here.

This contribution’s title 人—人—人 highlights the Chinese character for people (, Pinyin: RÉN) as a tribute to the contributors of this relay as well as the people of Wuhan. The connected characters suggest the collaborative spirit of this movement. My process involved manually fragmenting 970 distinct Chinese characters from the original interview into individual strokes in Illustrator. Then in Processing, these strokes were used to reconstruct images of the people during COVID-19 in Wuhan. These images were sourced from the original interview, Chinese as well as international news media, and screenshots from relevant videos. 人—人—人 has several components: a booklet / poster containing these reconstructed images and the original interview, as well as an image-centric website (ren-ren-ren.net). The website contains a downloadable PDF of the booklet accompanied by binding instructions using the slot-and-tab technique. Visitors are encouraged to print and assemble their own booklet at home as a way to support this movement while physically preserving this important document.

This project was completed as the undergraduate thesis for my studies in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture.

导师 / Thesis Advisor: Willem Henri Lucas & Berfin Ataman (助教 / T.A.)

王强 / Qiang John Wang (e-mail)
05.2020