“Enclosures” questions the meaning and influence of certain buzzwords prominent in global arts circles from the perspective of young men who live in Chinese metropolises. Based on mining various planetary phenomena through personal narratives, the video features intimate interviews interspersed with imagery of capitalist patriarchal nationalist societies that liken the structural and technological with the behavioural.
There are certain buzzwords that feature heavily in artistic and cultural contexts including institutions which often claim to represent society. Social media contributing towards an echo chamber effect in opinion making may be a myth but how does that play out across cultures?
“Enclosures” questions two bubbles we might live in: the art bubble and the western bubble. For this film the artist interviewed seven locals in Beijing and Shanghai whom he met via dating apps. They answered the same questions on a range of topics from love life, to late-capitalism and anthropocene, detailing their first memories of these terms. At at time when capitalism offers global solutions in the form of ubiquitous products, what subjectivities prevail?
Soundtrack by Hajar Asyura