After the SecondWorld War, time acquired a new concept for human. The average life expectancy of human being reached a peak, while leisure time also increased. When thinking about how to balance between work and life, commerce became deadlocked. Since there is an apparent gap between work and life, people were also unsure about what they wished to gain from their work. This redefined commerce, and opened a new chapter for the ambition of commerce. In the evolution of the ways of human interaction, consumer society might only be the initial phase. Consumerism will not diminish as an outcome of people’s opposition to it; while the consumer is also the labour or producer, the voices to oppose consumerism will not lead to solid effects. Consumption is developed to a silent language to express oneself, conducting communication, and stimulate collaboration. The consumer society will keep existing, as long as there is still divergence in people’sability to afford a decent life.
Half a century ago it was even allowed to smoke in the subway train. With science development and the study of human, some “accurate” scientific knowledge approached us, attempting to help us live longer. Does life become better? The answer is perhaps not always positive. The endless renewing scientific knowledges shape new thoughts, cultivate people with lifestyles that conforms better to the thecontemporary environment. In this deductive process, we should not forget that capital is the driving force for scientific development.
由于当下人类越发注重对于未知经历的探索以及对现有实践的探究，因此在消费社会继续存在的同时可能会对人类原生状态发出挑战。这是个有关生存或者说如何活的话题, 引发李亭葳对这种文化现象和生活状态寻因的兴趣。这时艺术家更像一个生活在当代的信息采集者，围绕当代生活的心理状态和身体感知重组再摆放。这个项目中，有些作品是以一个幽默的提醒来讽刺现代人; 有些部分从人类发展角度出发, 结合身体的历史、社会对身体的要求来看待这些现象；另外，参考尼采关于身体和权利意志的理论，深层探究了人类追求身心舒畅的哲学原因及实践方式。与其说分析，不如说是行动后的一次反思，在一场观赏中提出的疑问。
Capital operation requires to stimulate the market demand; increasing diversity of the industrial products generates increasing demands. The definition of “health” by the capitalist economic mode is specialized in this process of producing and consuming. Hence the pursuit of “health” can find its explanation in the history of human development and the history of socioeconomic development, which allows us to explore the human nature from tiny clues, while taking a glimpse into the ethical care upon modern human survival.
Since human nowincreasingly draw attention to explore unknown experiments and existingpractices, human might also challenge their primitive living state while consumersociety continues to exist. This is a matter of survival, or rather, how tolive a life, which leads to the artist’s interest in this cultural phenomenonand living condition. The artist, therefore, resembles more an informationcollector living in the present, reconstructing and resetting these informationabout contemporary mental condition and physical perception. In this project, some of the works mock contemporary people with a humorous remind; while somereview such phenomena with a perspective derived from human development, alongside with history of the body as well as social anticipation of the body.With reference to Nietzsche’s arguments upon the body and the will to power, this project deeply investigates the philosophical causes and practical methodsof human’s pursuit of physical and mental well-being. Instead of an analysis, it is rather a reflection following an action, a question raised during aviewing.