Never , Rarely , Sometimes , Always
Performance, 35 min
Four-Channel Video & Sound Installation, 23 min & dimension variable
The outbreak of coronavirus in 2020 accelerated the "cloudisation" of our lives, and we became highly dependent on the activities that do not consume much of our own energy: e-commerce, logistics services, food delivery services, and cloud classrooms have become the new norms. As a consequence, our instant gratifications were satisfied, yet our perception of time and space as well as our lifestyle were changed. The emotional closeness in our personal relationships has nothing to do with physical distance, as our lives are transforming from a physical and biological model to a virtual and electronic one and our surroundings are undergoing drastic changes. Subsequently, new social symptoms began to appear: we are gradually losing the ability to express verbally and physically in a result-oriented society. Individuals are afraid of making little progress, resulting in cultural diseases. Based on above phenomenon, I began to think about the main causes of the social problems.
In this project, I recruited six people from Chengdu through open call. They are of different ages, different professional backgrounds and with no performance experience. Through a six-day theater workshop, we discussed our “surroundings”, creating the performance work Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always and the multi-channel video installation with the same name. I hope to stimulate the audience and make them keep questioning in challenging times and face the contradictions in reality with positivity, liberate themselves from the standards, eventually, find the answers in their inner selves.
2020年这场突如其来的疫情更是加速了我们生活的“云端化”，我们的生活对“非动物能量”近乎完全依赖：电子商务、快递物流、外卖餐饮、网络课堂等变为常态，在满足人们即时享受的同时也影响了我们对时间与空间的观感和生活方式。社会关系的远近和情感上的亲密与否,和空间距离已经毫无关联，我们的生活好像正在从身体的、生物的模式向虚拟的电子模式转变，“附近”正在发生着天翻地覆的变化。伴随而来的是新的社会病状日渐凸显：人们在身体、声音和语言表达上日渐匮乏，同时也激化了现代社会重结果甚于过程，个体对原地踏步愈感到恐惧，从而产生文化疾病。 面对现状，我开始思考造成这种社会问题的根本原因是什么？通过公开招募，联合六位生活在成都不同年龄、不同职业背景且毫无表演经验的民众，经由六天的剧场工作坊，围绕对“附近”的探讨，生成剧场表演作品《从不，有时，经常，总是》以及同名多频录像装置作品，以刺激观者活在“提问里”，积极地面对现实矛盾，从结果衡量标准中把自己解放出来，探寻各位内心深处的答案 …