A performance artist’s livestream of his two-week “self-quarantine” has been garnering millions of views on Chinese social media.
Despite not having COVID-19, Pang Kuan started isolating himself on Saturday, restricting his living space to a 98-by-98-inch platform at the Star Gallery in Beijing. The entire space is set up in such a way that his every move can be visible to viewers.
Pang, who is also known as the keyboard player of local indie rock band New Pants, announced the live performance on Weibo on April 21. He shared that along with rice, food, a sofa and a toilet, he will also have some alcohol and “the most fashionable clothes” with him.
The performance was initially open to the public onsite, but it was closed off a day later to abide by local COVID-19 prevention protocols.
The 24/7 livestream of the performance has garnered over 3.3 million views so far. Viewers can witness Pang going about his everyday life in his confined space, engaging in activities such as writing, eating, using his phone and going to the toilet.
Several viewers have commented on Star Gallery’s WeChat and Weibo channels, calling Pang’s work entertaining. Art critics have even praised Pang’s bravery. Other viewers, however, have called the entire performance “grandstanding.”