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Breathing relaxation exercise 

Video collage
Color, 15minutes 53seconds 

Composed by John Chow
Mastered by Man Sai 
2018


Breathing Relaxation Exercise is a work developed from the artist’s personal struggles with anxiety disorder. It was originally aimed to seek an ultimate gateway (method) to calmness. In articulating my self-deprecation, the work critically and sarcastically remarks on my generation’s general dependence on “relaxation programs”. Through exploring borderline narrativity and visualisation of abstract sentiments in moving images, I aim to achieve an immersive experience for my audiences so they will come to terms with the uncertainty or anxiety due to unfulfilled desire for affirmation and being loved, which I have experienced. How do I arrive tranquility? The starting point is to accept the fact that there is not a single way that could makes me feel loved or would fill up the hollowness within me.

I must learn to love myself first of all.

在飽受焦慮困擾的經驗當中,我努力尋找著痛苦的成因,並希望找到能根治的方法、達到終極的心靈平靜。《紓壓放鬆:簡易的呼吸練習》以自嘲的角度切入,抨擊現代青年在「即食文化」下,對不同形式「紓壓技術」的依賴,並比喻它們是「挖肉補瘡」的行為。透過探索不同的敘事可能、並嘗試以抽象形式把複雜的情感「視覺化」,我希望藉此能說服觀眾去接受:我們的焦慮不安是來自於迷茫的身份認同,因此我們都不斷渴求著愛和肯定;我們都曾經被愛,而當回憶淡去後,我們便以不同的捷徑來「模擬」該感覺...內心的空洞卻好像永遠也不會補上。

因此,要達到真正的平靜,我們必需先學習如何去愛自己。

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