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LOAD CAPACITY

限重

 

Collective performance, 2010

集体行为表演, 2010

 

The performance is a reflection on the behavior of people in a situation of forced density, much like rapidly developing cities like Beijing. This happened in the Hutongs throughout the city, which people subdivided and moved into, than subdivided again. But you can experience a temporary feeling of forced density in different situations such a crowded elevator, a waiting line in the post office, a subway train or a bus in the rush hours. In all these cases it will be much remarkable here in China than everywhere else. We want to explore this concept through this experiment of trying to reach load capacity of one house in a typical courtyard of Beijing. Participants will walk up to the door of the house one by one, moving in whatever way they wish, open the door, step inside and close the door. This will continue until either the room is full, or everyone is inside.

 

这个行为作品是对被迫处于高密度状态下人们的行为状态的研究,正像在北京这样高速发展的城市中所遇到的那样。在不断有人搬进来,空间被一再分割的胡同里会感受到这种状态。其他情形比如拥挤的电梯,排队的邮局、上下班时间的地铁或者公车上也都会体验到。在中国这种情况发生时程度比别处都更为激烈。我们在北京一个典型的四合院里做了这个实验,试图达到这个房子的最大容量。每个人进来后把门关上,下一个人再开门进来,直到房间被塞满。

 

 

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