Cai Guoqiang(蔡国强）Jody Xiong(熊超）
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Paralympic is held at the Bird's Nest in Beijing on March 4th. At the same time, Jody Xiong was also invited by chief director Zhang Yimou to become the short film director and visual artist of the opening ceremony, and created a technological and artistic installation called The Bloom.
A group of impaired individuals came together to create a piece dedicated to the Winter Paralympics. They chose their favorite colors and placed them in balloons with detonators. Then wore a brainwave-capturing device that sent a signal to trigger a detonator to detonate a balloon, and the paint was sprayed on the canvas. The colorful intersections formed an abstract "smiley face", which means to greet friends all over the world with laughter. This is an experiment of technology and art, an expression of the spiritual power of the disabled. The Bloom was inspired by Jody Xiong's 2014 personal art project Mind Art, and Zhang Yimou appreciated the work so much that he hoped to apply the concept into the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics. In order to be more in tune with the paralympic theme, Zhang convened a series of brainstorming sessions with Jody Xiong and other creatives, including international art master Cai Guoqiang. They overturned the original scheme and recreated The Blossom: 12 disabled people worked together to create a colorful smiley face around a circular canvas with a diameter of 8 meters. Representing peace, happiness, unity, friendship, the "smiling face" has become one of the most important visual symbols of the Winter Paralympics opening ceremony.
Brain wave idea control is now a mature technology. The team hired Li Daquan, a scientific and technological engineer, as well as Beijing Shiyou, a brain wave technical support team, so that the disabled can truly realize the detonation of brain waves. The disabled man is physically disabled, but not spiritually.
一群残疾人相聚一起，共同创作一幅献给冬残奥会的作品。他们选择各自喜欢的颜色，放置在装有雷管的气球中。然后戴上脑电波捕捉设备，发送信号触发雷管引爆气球，颜料喷洒在画布上。绚丽多彩，形成一幅抽象的“笑脸”，寓意着用欢笑迎接全世界的朋友。一次科技与艺术的实验，一场残疾人精神力量的表达。《绽放》灵感源于2014年熊超的个人艺术项目《Mind Art》，张艺谋非常欣赏这件作品，他希望在冬季残奥会开幕式上运用这一理念。为了与冬残奥的主题更契合，张艺谋召集了熊超和其他主创人员，包括国际艺术大师蔡国强，进行了多次头脑风暴会议。他们颠覆原始的方案，重新创作了《绽放》：12位残疾人环绕直径为8米的圆形画布，共同创作一幅绚丽多彩的笑脸。代表着和平、快乐、团结，友谊的 “笑脸”，成为冬残奥会开幕式最重要的视觉符号之一。
Chief Director: Zhang Yimou(张艺谋） / Director: Jody Xiong(熊超） / Chief Producer: Shen Chen / Executive Producer: Li Zhiwei / Artist: Jody Xiong(熊超） / Art Consultant: Cai Guoqiang(蔡国强）, Joe Wang(王志鸥） / CO Director: Zhu Jinjing / Assistant Director: Feng Xiaotao / Photography Director: Arden Tse / Producer: Yao Guoqing / Choreographer: Guo Xinnong, Zheng Bo, Hao Shanshan, Zhao Chenguang / Stylist: Cao Tingting / Propsman: Li Jie，Xiong Xiong / Science and Technology Engineer: Li Daquan / Brain Wave Technology Team: Shiyou Technology / Editor: Zhao Qi / Online: Wei Na / TC: Yu Yongmei / 3D: Hu Mo / Photography: Liu Yang / Gags Shooting: Wang Shuo