Unhealthy for sensitive groups, single channel version from Tingwei Li on Vimeo.password:4321.

4-channel video, 5:44 minutes. 2019.

When the air quality turns to be abnormal, the weather forecast will suggest that it is “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. Because of the unfriendly external environment, people would be trapped indoors. Sensitive people, sensitive topics, and sensitive states of mind arise from a particular situation. Assuming that the so called “smog” is a “borderline," then breaking through this borderline - as a rebellion to fight against the imaginary phenomenon is the starting point of making this video.

Smog is abnormal, because it is not only an exception, but also marks the borderline. As a multiplicity, the only way to change the nature is to strike the borderline and pass beyond it. Constructing walls, building towers, establishing shelters and being one of the sensitive groups is a way of escaping in the network era, although it is passive. Abnormal means"irregular, imperfect and unrefined”.The individual is developing into a temporary substitute for freedom.The society of the spectacle controls every subtle activity of the individual, in which the subject no longer consumes just material and goods, but also time and space. Like watching the air burning over firewood ——not knowing whether to adapt or to pause. One may fantasize in front of the presence of controllable flame, because it does not repeat itself for a moment, it's far from danger, and the danger seems to be coming forth step by step.

空气质量异常时,天气预报会建议“对敏感人群不宜”。由于室外环境不利而使人被困于室内的情况不止于天气。敏感的话题,敏感的状态由此蔓延。假设被称为雾霾的天气是“边界”,那么冲破这个边界的状态是视频展开的想象和斗争。

雾霾是异常的,不仅因为它是个例外,而且因为它标志着界限或边界。作为一个多元体的人,要穿越所在的维度达到边界并穿越界限是改变现状的方法,一切都会改变。建立一堵墙,建造一个塔,建立庇护所,把自己包裹成敏感人群,在足不出户的网络时代是一种带有被动色彩的方法论。异常并不意味着不正常,而是“不规则、不完善以及不精练。” 个体是自由的临时替身, 景观社会控制着个体的每一个细微活动,主体在其中不仅仅消费物质性商品,也消费时间和空间。等时间流逝就像看着木头上方的空气燃烧——不知是该顺应适从还是暂停。人会在可控的火苗前想入非非,因为它每一瞬的样子都不重复,远离危险,又像看着危险一步步推进。

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