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Yuri's Endless Journey

Looping animation, 2016.

Related work: The Fall of Icarus 

To view the double channel version, click here

Yuri is the first name of Yuri Gagarin, the first human being in space. In 1961, Gagarin took the USSR spacecraft, Vostok 1, and entered the earth orbit. He stayed on the orbit for 1 hour and 48 minutes, and returned to earth successfully. However in 1968, Gagarin died tragically young in an aircraft crash during his training mission. Later, USSR authority built up a gigantic statue in Moscow, which shows Gagarin flying upward to the sky.

In the animation, the statue of Gagarin flies through stars, nebulas and galaxies, toward a beam of mysterious light. His journey seems to be never end. I believe this is a metaphor of the ambition, desire and faith of human civilization. Despite all our nobility and greatness, humans are lonely. We have to complete this journey alone. No matter how hard we tried, we probably will be never able to touch the ultimate truth of the universe, either. Like this close loop of animation, we must go up, which means higher, faster and stronger, till the end of time; and there is no other choice for us. 

尤里在这里指的是尤里·加加林,人类历史中第一个进入太空的宇航员。1961年,加加林乘坐苏联东方一号太空船进入地球轨道,在轨道上停留了1小时48分钟并返回,成为人类历史上进入宇宙空间的第一人。但是他本人却在1968年因为一场飞行事故而英年早逝。随后,苏联当局为他在莫斯科修建起了一座巨大的雕像,摆出向上腾飞的造型直指天空。

在我的动画里,加加林的雕像一路升腾,在无尽的宇宙空间中穿梭,掠过无数恒星,星云和星系,向着宇宙尽头那一丝永恒的却永远无法触及的光明前进。在我看来,这场孤独的没有尽头的旅程是关于人类文明所携带的野心,信念,以及欲望的寓言。无论如何光辉,伟大,我们只能独自完成这段旅程;无论如何努力进取,我们或许永远都没有办法触及我们的终极追求,或者我们根本不知道那是什么。正如这动画理论上是一个封闭的无限循环一样,无论如何都要继续向上升腾,变得更高,更强更伟大,且并不存在别的可能,直到永远。

Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 1

Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 1

Still image from the animation.

Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 2

Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 2

Still image from the video.

Yuri's Endless Journey

Looping animation, 2016.

Related work: The Fall of Icarus 

To view the double channel version, click here

Yuri is the first name of Yuri Gagarin, the first human being in space. In 1961, Gagarin took the USSR spacecraft, Vostok 1, and entered the earth orbit. He stayed on the orbit for 1 hour and 48 minutes, and returned to earth successfully. However in 1968, Gagarin died tragically young in an aircraft crash during his training mission. Later, USSR authority built up a gigantic statue in Moscow, which shows Gagarin flying upward to the sky.

In the animation, the statue of Gagarin flies through stars, nebulas and galaxies, toward a beam of mysterious light. His journey seems to be never end. I believe this is a metaphor of the ambition, desire and faith of human civilization. Despite all our nobility and greatness, humans are lonely. We have to complete this journey alone. No matter how hard we tried, we probably will be never able to touch the ultimate truth of the universe, either. Like this close loop of animation, we must go up, which means higher, faster and stronger, till the end of time; and there is no other choice for us. 

尤里在这里指的是尤里·加加林,人类历史中第一个进入太空的宇航员。1961年,加加林乘坐苏联东方一号太空船进入地球轨道,在轨道上停留了1小时48分钟并返回,成为人类历史上进入宇宙空间的第一人。但是他本人却在1968年因为一场飞行事故而英年早逝。随后,苏联当局为他在莫斯科修建起了一座巨大的雕像,摆出向上腾飞的造型直指天空。

在我的动画里,加加林的雕像一路升腾,在无尽的宇宙空间中穿梭,掠过无数恒星,星云和星系,向着宇宙尽头那一丝永恒的却永远无法触及的光明前进。在我看来,这场孤独的没有尽头的旅程是关于人类文明所携带的野心,信念,以及欲望的寓言。无论如何光辉,伟大,我们只能独自完成这段旅程;无论如何努力进取,我们或许永远都没有办法触及我们的终极追求,或者我们根本不知道那是什么。正如这动画理论上是一个封闭的无限循环一样,无论如何都要继续向上升腾,变得更高,更强更伟大,且并不存在别的可能,直到永远。

Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 1

Still image from the animation.

Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 2

Still image from the video.

Yuri's Endless Journey
Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 1
Yuri's Endless Journey, Video Still 2