Alvin In The Room: Journal

An art exhibition about life called Nothing

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This is a meaningful art exhibition which invites visitors to think about life. Starting from the architecture itself, to the terrace and to the dark indoor gallery, the artist's thought about life is everywhere.

這是一個關於生命反思的藝術展覽,無論從其建築物本身、平台和室內展覽,都反映藝術家對於人生的看法,也邀請訪客去思考人生。

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His view on life is pessimistic. Everything we chase and worry about is nothing. Yes, we make a living every day. We study hard and work hard every day. We spend most of the time on having our portfolio. We meet others' expectations. We take so many photos and share them on Facebook. We watch the number of followers and likes every second. But so what if we will eventually die?

I thought about materials when I was a child, that if I could own what I have after death. The Australian accountant I worked with told me he used to work hard and feel guilty if he didn't, but realised death is the only end. Nothing will change if you work harder. So, why not enjoy our life?

What Steve Jobs said about death can give us some answers about 'nothing' that the artist has raised,

'Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.'
 
'When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then , for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "no" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.'

We should be reminded that whether we punish ourselves will not affect the fate of death, but we can choose to be happy and enjoyable at this moment.

他的看法比較悲觀,因為我們在人生所追逐的和擔憂的都是虛無,但是我們每天努力去賺錢、工作、為了他人的期望而花不少時間去弄一張人生工作履歷表。拍了很多照片然後放在Facebook,每秒看過追蹤人數和讚好的數目,然後呢?當我們死亡呢?

從小我就從物質角度去想這個問題,我現在所擁有的,到死後能否繼有擁有。在澳洲與一位會計師合作時,他說過曾因為不努力工作而感到內疚,但其實努力與否,最後還是要死。所以,為何不好好享受人生?

Steve Jobs曾經也就死亡、虛無提出過一些人生的觀點,尤其是意識死亡反而讓人更能追隨自己的心,不會花太多無謂時間去擔心或執著什麼。既然最終歸於塵土,何以還要自我懲罰?


Tsang Kin-wah: Nothing
曾建華:無

9 September to 6 November 2016 @ M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
2016年9月9日至11月6日於西九文化區M+展亭

11am-6pm, Wed to Sun and public holidays. Free admission.
星期三至星期日及公眾假期早上11時到下午6時開放。免費入場。