"赖志杰，怀疑论者，写过最经典的句子"年青人决定未来 but not now"，喜欢玩团队合作的网络游戏，对个人英雄主义感到厌恶。目前在深圳。" 文／黄河
是的，譬如作品《you pay you vote》的缘起是我在网上看到一篇文章标题：你所花的每一分钱，都在为你想要的世界投上一票。点进去后发现原来是一篇写"把钱花在合适的地方让自己活的更精致"的鸡汤文，和我对标题的理解完全不同，但我觉得我的理解比较有趣，就尝试在每次消费时转变心态，把手里的钱想象成选票，为改变世界作出些微小贡献。如果简单的钱银交易也可以这么伟大，那么生活的每个细节都包含着政治的意味。
Superficially Left Actually Right Romantic Radical Depressed Conservative Diligent Overground Anarchic Exquisite Egoism
"Lai Zhijie, a sceptic. The most classic he wrote, quote: "Young people decide the future, but not now". Sick of personal heroism and loves playing co-op online games. He's now in Shenzhen." Text/Huang He
Q: Huang He
A: Lai Zhijie
Q1: Describe a little bit about the focus of your artistic creation and interests, please.
A: I am a lazy person, therefore, my works are basically about simple image creation, or something that is not energy-consuming at all.
Q2: Is your birthplace also your current residency (Shenzhen)?
Q3: How are your current art works related to where you live?
A: Shenzhen is a migrant city, also known as "the Barren Land for Art (publically acknowledged)". "Shenzhen Speed" was the most-talked-of expression that I've heard of throughout my childhood. I am not exactly a Shenzhen local, for my home is located outside the city. In the past, we must have our ID examined before entering the city. As a result, unlike the locals who live IN the city, I've developed a different, or even totally opposite, knowledge of Shenzhen. For instance, I think of Shenzhen as a lifeless city, that everyone here is new-money; whereas, my friends who live in downtown think of it as a vibrant city with energy, a trend setter in life style. Even up to these days, my feelings toward the city are rather strange. The older generation believe that everything is possible here, and you'll harvest as long as you try. I'd constantly wonder if this is no longer true. Shenzhen sits next to Hong Kong. I like Hong Kong artists very much. I still remember my access to contemporary art on TV was watching Pak Sheung Chuen introducing his work "The Horizon Placed at Home". I appreciate the Cantonese sense of humor, and I couldn't agree more when they say the Stephen Chow movies must be watched in Cantonese. I guess that's where the funny genes in my works come from.
Pak Sheung Chuen｜The Horizon Placed at Home
"I drew a horizontal line on the map of Victoria Harbor. The horizontal line went through five coasts. I collect a bottle of seawater from every coast. The seawater is of the same height. I put the five bottles of seawater at home. A horizon emerged."
Q4: Is it true that every single detail of life is political in your works?
A: True. Take "You Pay You Vote" as an example. This piece of work was inspired by a title I read online: "Every Cent You Spend Is A Vote to the World You Dream of Living In". As I clicked on the title, it turned out to be a chicken-soup-for-the-soul article on "how to spend your money in a reasonable way so that you can lead a exquisite life", which was nothing like what I had in mind. Somehow, I think my interpretation on the title was way more interesting. Just think of your money as a vote, and every time you spend it can be a tiny contribution to making the world a better place. If a simple money transaction could turn out to be such a grand cause, then every single detail of life is political.
Q5: Do you observe, resist or absorb the power that moulds you?
A: I'd absorb it, or rather, I am powerless to resist it. Anyone who can resist that power shall go down in history.
Q6: In your mind, what kinds of powers influence life?
A: Human powers. Some people are powerful enough to influence the world; for others, they will have to join hands together to make a change.
Q7: In your mind, is the place we are living in peaceful?
A: It is peaceful in general. Some unpeaceful events have been gradually overlooked, while news on unpeaceful events are being reported everyday, but they all seem so far away from us. Plus, the internet has turned everything into entertainment, consequently the unpeaceful elements just keep fading away. I asked some of my friends, and they all agreed that this is a time of peace. I've also been keeping an eye on what's going on on the other side of the world. Therefore, I think it is peaceful in general.
Q8: Is there any phrase that impresses you deeply or just pops in your head?
A: "It must be so, unless it's not". It's a catch phrase told by a friend from Hong Kong I met online, which I find very funny.
Q9: Do you think your works are angry?
A: No. I hope my works make people laugh.
Q10: Which piece(s) of works of yours do you want others to know of most?
A: The questionnaire from "ARTIST". It was the time when I felt that I was socially dysfunctional. I wonder if this would happen to others as well.
Q11: If possible, what question would you like to raise to your audience?
A: "I got a question for you is that do you have any question for me?".
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Be An Eagle But Not Chicken, giclee on acid free paper, 80x62cm
I replace an eagle's head with a chicken head by PS.
Questionnaire, digital print, A4
Issues that an artist will occurred in daily live.
You Pay You Vote，单频录像，彩色，有声，2'55"
You Pay You Vote, single channel video, color, sound, 2'55"
Under the total triumph of capitalism, maybe every time we consume is truly a vote for the world that we want.
Ripaim, single channel video, color, sound, 8'03"
It is to share my highlighted game time.
Lai Zhijie was born in 1992, graduated from Guangzhou Academy Of Fine Arts in 2015. Lai is always wondering that when we face a new high-technology revolution fifty years later, whether we can take it easy, rather than have huge shock like what his parent generation did when they first saw computer, internet, and smart phone. Lai has his faith in facing that revolution pleasantly because he as a generation growing up with internet experiences constantly updated high-technique through surfing internet everyday. Now he spends most time on Internet and enjoys the popular cultures Internet brings to him. Instead of answering what is internet, Lai's works focus on what he can see while surfing Internet. In Lai's mind, Internet as a virtual world is more authentic than reality. He can experience what people suffer through Internet daily news or random pop-up webpage. Thus, his works have been referred to fortune-telling website, Barack Obama inaugural speech, searching the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring in browsers…The frequent-shown images on Internet are always chosen and used as main elements in his works.