Last time, I wrote about an angel who appeared to be leaving before his time was up. He gazed ahead, his mouth never closing, while lightly tapping his clappers. This is how people depict the Tientsin Angel. He faces the audience. In what we think are just a series of gags, he delivers a profound faith. This faith is woven into stories and thrown into laughter and joy. The angel wants to pause and finish his act, but a group of people rushes in from outside. Their jeers violently suppress the angel’s voice, to the point where he can no longer remember the next line. This group of people is what we call the “smashers” in Tientsin.
What，Where is Tientsin Centre and How does it Look Like？
Has Tientsin ever been a centre in the past? Is Tientsin currently considered a center? Can Tientsin become a centre in the future? Does a "Tientsin centre" exist? If so, where is it, what does it look like, and what does it entail? Can Tientsin residents locate a Tientsin centre? Where do people outside of Tientsin think the centre might be? In addition, what figures, events, and opportunities have given Tientsin the name “centre”? The exploration of the Tientsin centre is a process of understanding the city’s life and cultural practices, and of exploring its internal and external structures, mechanisms, and logics. Perhaps only in this way can we reconstruct its meaning matrix between reality, imagination, and symbolism. Despite facing a somewhat rough answer, the key is not to answer the question again, but to ask it again. There are no directions on the signpost leading to the destination: for the Tientsin centre, discovery is also creation, and creation is also discovery. Therefore, we sincerely invite all friends to visit the “Tientsin Centre: a Declarative Show” and join us in dancing and chatting to rediscover/invent the Tientsin centre.