INTERVENE is a dark narrow corridor with a row of white balloons on the roof, a space where people have no idea of what is hiding inside and intervene unconsciously. As the audience moves in the corridor, the balloons right above his head are inflated and get nearer to the audience, which looks like they are prying on the intervener. The more carefully the audience moves, the longer the balloons will be.
INTERVENE brings about an interesting state: we are always curious about what people around us are doing and pry on others’ life. Perhaps it is because our inherent uncertainty and insecurity of the big world. Jean-Paul Sartre said that existence precedes essence. People have to create their own values and determine a meaning for their life because the human being does not possess any inherent identity or value. In the few months after birth, baby will start to realize the fact that he actually has been a separate part from matrix which makes him feel alone. This inherent loneliness and uncertainty of the world may explain why we desire to get information and connect with the world around us.
The pump is controlled by 20 solenoid valves and balloons can be inflated in seconds.
The work is also inspired by the “sleep movements”, including closing or bending of flowers, and folding of leaves, of some plants in response to light. The light is like an intervener, breaking the darkness.