VIP was part of the “Haijie” Open Studio project in Beijing. Since I didn't have anything in particular to show them in my sutio, I thought about making my audience experience my work directly. But only people who made an appointment -according to their own free time- would get a chance to see my work. A taxi driver would pick them up at a pre-determined place in town. Their trip would then start and last approximately one hour during which they would drive through different parts of town (outskirts of Beijing, shanty towns, construction sites, CBD district, bustling downtown, underground parking lots, the highway) and then bring them to a crematorium on the eastern side of Beijing.
Every one of the 78 visitors who came for this “Open Studio”event reacted differently to their one hour trip. Some were supportive, some got angry, some refused to get in the taxi, some wouldn’t pay the driver, some didn’t show up, some slammed the door of the car, some slept by, some insulted me, some stopped the car and left, some quarreled with the driver thinking he was a fluke….
We are all our own “VIP’s” and maybe we should all go to the crematorium at least once in our life to contemplate our own final moment on earth.
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Video： 2014, 3 screens，3840*2160，16:9，color，Stereo
V.I,P , 2014
Kommunale Galerie Berlin
“Haijie” Open Studio Event