In the post-pandemic world, everyone is Sisyphus.
The project presents the possibility of a near-future context in which the daily life of humans is reshaped by frequent lockdowns ─ people need to be ready for a lockdown that could start at any moment and end at any time, just as Sisyphus needs to push a boulder up the mountain slope all the time. In this case, viruses are not the only reason for the lockdown, but extreme weather, severe pollution, nuclear accident, war etc. could also bring people back to the predicament of having to live in a limited space for a long time. And so absurdity is born in this game of survival ─ just as we must imagine that Sisyphus is happy, everyone needs to imagine that the sacrifices they make are the right ones. the right ones.
How do we perceive the absurdity in the lockdown?
How do we face the absurdity in life?
I try to use the understanding of the absurdity in Camus' existentialism as a basis for examining the life of the epidemic. In Camus' existentialist theoretical view, humans are rational and the world is irrational. When humans try to use their rationality to understand the irrational world, man is often unable to fully explain and understand the laws of the world's operation, and in such contradiction, absurdity arises. In the COVID-19 Pandemic, humans are in pursuit of rationality and order, but viruses are disorderly. Humans have tried to use their rationality to establish rules to combat the spread of the virus, but by far none of the rules have worked perfectly to achieve their expected effect and contain the virus completely.
Just as we must imagine that Sisyphus is happy, everyone needs to imagine that the sacrifices they make are the right ones, and that is where the absurdity lies.
As my research progressed, I realized that there was a unity between the absurdity of the pandemic and the absurdity in life. All the events in the epidemic that I found absurd were triggered by the contradiction between the known and the unknown, between the rational and the irrational. It emphasizes the innate human fear of the unknown and loss of control.
Installation: Video, audio, print, Integrated materials
The audience is invited to enter the installation space and follow the audio left behind by the absent character to discover the reshaped way of life in the future Lockdown context. The audience can follow the narrative logic of the audio and look around at all the objects in the installation, from the diaries and photographs she has written and taken in the past to the lockdown monitoring and forecasting system that has emerged, and listen to her own internal struggles and reflections.
Monitoring and Forecasting System for the Lockdown (MFSL)
Real-time monitoring of lockdowns occurring within a certain range and forecasting of possible lockdowns within the next seven days based on viruses, extreme weather, nuclear accidents, war, etc., along with possible response strategies.