The Endless Circle 2

 

2019

 

music: Lai Mengqi


In this project, I was observing the "Second-Generation migrant workers" as a "Second- Generation Shenzhen residents", and I was full of imagination and curiosity about the life of people in the factories outside the urban area. Especially when I saw Foxconn news, or the legendary life of Sanhe gods [1], or the stories of it men who left Shenzhen in mid-life helplessly, these were far away from me. More often, I talked to various people in other places and mentioned that I came from Shenzhen. They always familiarly said, "Oh Shenzhen, I have been there for 2 or 3 years!"

 

I was born in Luohu, an old district. My family did not move to Yantian until my university was studying abroad. But Yantian is the closest to the feeling of Shenzhen in the 1990s. Last week, I took a telephoto lens at the Yantian District Government Bus Station. In the early morning in winter, the leaves fell slightly. The workers quickly walked on the bridge. The ordinary moment reminded me of Shenzhen when I was young Not a first-tier city, not so much anxiety.

 

Today's migrant workers are basically younger generations of 90s and 95s, and many are left-behind children. Their parents left them when they were children and left their homes to find money. Today their children have grown up and still work in different places. Become the second generation of migrant workers. Will their children be migrant workers in the future? This is unknown. Enterprises are now turning to smart manufacturing. Fewer and fewer workers are needed. Where will they go?

 

With the rapid development of society, factories in Shenzhen will become fewer and fewer, and this moment will no longer exist. So I cherish this moment more and more, the encounter between the jewelry factory and Yantian, the encounter between me and the workers, the Shatoujiao Free Trade Zone and the encounter in the winter of 2019. These people who had been with me all night long but I didn't know, and their children, met at this moment.

 

I bought a unicorn stand with a height of 1.8 meters before the filming, but it never rose to that height when shooting. It was actually the height of the waist. Change the angle and look up to see how they look. In the design of the exhibition hall, the two doors of the space were transformed into two passages, from a normal 2-meter-high door through a short passage to a door of only 1.4 meters, like a rising passage. The space is like a grinder commonly found in a huge jewelry factory. The two channels are actually the way for the workers' two hands to penetrate into the working machine. Just like Alice drank the magic potion, she got smaller, got into the mini-door, and began a fantasy journey. The viewer passes through the narrow door and enters the interior of the factory machine, facing the strange and familiar face.

When attitude becomes form, we dance in the micro theater.

 

 

[1] The “Sanhe gods” are a group of migrant workers who linger around the Longhua district of the city Shenzhen. They are unwilling to work in factories, and have cut family ties. Some have even sold their own ID cards. What they really want is to sit away their days in an internet café. They have become China’s “New Loafer Class.”

 

 

作品名:漫长的圈2

 

在这次项目中,我是以一个“深二代”的身份去观察“打工二代”,对关外工厂里的人的生活,是充满想象和好奇的。特别是看到富士康的新闻,或三和大神(注1)的传奇生活,或那些在中年无奈离开深圳的it男故事,这些离我又近又远。更多的,是在外地和形形色色的人交流,提到我从深圳过来,他们总是熟悉的说到:“噢,深圳呀,我之前在那里呆过2、3年呢!”

 

出生在老区罗湖,直到大学在外求学,家才搬到盐田,我对盐田的了解和情感并没有那么深厚。但盐田是在不完全了解中最接近90年代深圳感觉的地方。上周,我在盐田区政府公交站拍一个长焦镜头,冬天的清晨树叶落光了有些萧瑟,上班的工人们快速的走在桥上,那平凡的一瞬让我想起了小时候的深圳,那个不是一线城市、没有那么多焦虑的地方。

 

现在的打工者,基本是年轻的90和95后,很多都是留守儿童。他们的父母在他们还是儿童的时候离开他们,背井离乡出来找钱。如今他们的孩子长大了,仍然在不同的地方打工。成为打工二代。将来他们的孩子,还会打工吗?这是未知的。现在的企业转向智能制造发展。需要的工人越来越少。他们会走向何处?

 

随着产业升级以及其他地方的加大优惠力度,保税区的优势已不复存在。从原来的四、五万人,到现在只剩下一万人。他们说,原来沙头角有很多很多人,现在已经少了许多。深圳以前是世界工厂,全国各地的人都下海来深圳打工、淘金,现在越来越多的工厂搬迁坪山、龙岗,再到东莞、惠州,再搬到内地、越南等地,随着技术转型,盐田,或者说深圳的工厂其实会越来越少,这个时刻将不复存在。

 

而我也是愈拍愈加珍惜这个时刻,珠宝工厂和盐田的相遇、我和工人们的相遇、沙头角保税区和2019年冬天的相遇。这些曾经和我朝夕相处,但我却不认识的人们,以及他们的儿女们,在此刻相遇。

 

开拍前买了一个高度1.8米的独角架,但拍摄的时候从来没有升到那么高,更多的其实是腰的高度,换一种视角,仰视的,去观察他们的样子。在展场的设计中,空间的两个门被改造成了两个通道,从正常的2米高门经过短通道到一个只有1.4米的门,像是一个上升的通道。空间就像是一个巨大的珠宝工厂里常见的打磨机,两个通道其实是工人的两只手深入到工作机器内部的途径。就像爱丽丝喝了神奇药水,身子变小,钻进迷你门,开始奇幻之旅。观者经过狭小的门,进入工厂机器的内部与陌生熟悉的面孔相视。

 

当态度成为形式,我们在显微剧场里共舞。

 

 

三和大神:是指栖身在中國廣東省深圳市龍華新區景樂新村北區三和人力市場的一群打工者,他們以打短工或者日結為生,號稱做一天可以玩三天。

 

 

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