Chinese man’s 24/7 livestream of his self-imposed quarantine as performance art draws in millions

  • Performance artist Pang Kuan is willingly going through a two-week “self-quarantine” despite not having COVID-19.
  • On Saturday, he restricted his living space to a 98-by-98-inch platform at the Star Gallery in Beijing.
  • Pang’s performance, which he dubbed “Bye Bye Disco,” is a reflection of the current situation in China, where residents are forced to stay indoors as the government tries to contain the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
  • The 24/7 livestream of the performance, which shows Pang going about his everyday life in his confined space, has garnered over 3.3 million views so far.  
  • While some viewers find the performance entertaining, others consider it to be “grandstanding.”

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.

Pang’s performance, which he dubbed “Bye Bye Disco,” is a reflection of the current reality in China, where residents are forced to stay indoors while the government tries to contain the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

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.”

 

Featured Image via 庞宽新裤子国货教父

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