The Titan

Nanjing, China

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Kua fu’s story not only talk about the spirit of humanity to continuously seek achievement but it is a story which is expressed through the body. Unlike many other fables, and myth where love or wit and cunning and in some cases extravagantly supernatural events, often guide the learnings which can be interpreted, the story of Kua Fu is expressed through the power of ones own body. In this story we begin to understand the body as the vehicle through which the ambitious pursuit is expressed. The running, the jumping, the yearning for water, the exhaustion, and the ability to break through our own barriers and transcend not only the physical reality of our bodies, But our understanding of what our bodies can be.

This intensity, this confidence in ones body, the exertion of ones self to the breaking point, is not only a spiritual experience for those who follow this path, but is captivating to those who look on. People, mankind, is enthralled by watching other people achieve physical prowess, it makes all of us feel more human. This is why people love to watch sports, this is why people love to watch competitions much like the Olympics. In the end, the Olympics or any other competition, game, or race, is not in fact about who wins, or which country has the most gold medals. What such events reveal about us as humans is that we all feel a sense of connection to those who express their ambition through their bodies. it reminds us of our ancient past, living in caves, running in fields, and it also gives us hope for the future of humanity, that we can become faster, stronger, smarter, jump higher and swim farther.

The expression of our physical self through sport and play connects us to the fundamentals of our existence.

巨人

夸父逐日这是我国最早的著名神话之一,讲的是夸父奋力追赶太阳、长眠虞渊的故事,可为家喻户晓。千百年来被人们广为传诵,形成了众多的故事版本。但在绝大多数故事中夸父都被塑造为一位健壮勇敢的巨人,他奔跑如风,不畏艰难,为了探索未知而敢于献身,甚至有人描写夸父逐日是为了给人类采撷火种,使大地获得光明与温暖赞美他是“盗火英雄”,它是中国的普罗米修斯。

夸父逐日的故事,给人以丰富的想象,也给人以深刻的启迪。它已不只是一个故事,夸父奔跑的形象和他追赶太阳的精神在今天仍然充满意义,而它积极的意义在于,人们以各自不同的理解,去认识这个世界,去勇敢地实现自己美好的追求。

我们看来,夸父的故事不仅仅在讲述人类坚持追求目标的精神,同时它也是一个由人的身体来表达的一个传说,夸父身为一位巨人具有远超常人的能力,一口气能喝干一条河流,以至于他死后骨架化为山,肉化为泥土,呼出的气变为云雾,手杖变作桃林,永远滋养着后世。

从夸父的传说我们逐渐体会到,身体作为精神追求的承载物具有极强的感染力。而奔跑、跳跃、饮水、呼吸这些身体的动作又会使身体本身更加富有魅力。 而它所传递出的打破自身界限的能力不仅仅吸引我们解读自己的身体,更吸引我们去理解我们的身体到底能够挑战什么?

这种强度、信心在一个身体中共存的形式,像是时刻寻找自我的突破点,不仅是参与者的精神体验,更是观者的视觉享受。人类,尤其是男性,享受与观看物质成功,使其觉得更有存在感。这就是为什么人么喜欢观看类似奥运会之类的体育竞技的原因. 最终 ,奥运会或者其他体育竞赛甚至于游戏 ,结果都不在于谁赢得冠军或者金牌 。 而在于人们之间的交流及情感联系这提醒我们远古时代,人们居住在洞穴中,在荒野中奔跑,以及给与我们人性的希望,使我们变得更快更高更强。

我们通过运动来展现表达自己能够帮助我们同自身的存在取得最原始的联系。