“STEPS” / Dimentions Live Art Festival / Zhongliang Village, China, / NOVEMBER 2017

The Action started at where the main road and the entrance to the ghost village meets. The artist asked the audience to follow him walk down the main road. He held a glass container in left hand and a hammer in right.

After 300m’s walk, the artist arrived at the portal of the once-lived residency of the ghost village.

The entrance is locked by bricks. As the audience all settled, in absolute silence, the artist slowly opened the glass container and pulled out the silky overall inside. During this process, a female voice gradually rose up, coming out from the container, and gets louder and louder (from a small speaker inside).

Poem <step> by Jiang Haoqiao :

Like the mountain far away
Missing never ends
Your journey doesn’t have a deadline

The desolation of hills is desperate

And you are about to start the way

Birds get lost in the deepest sky

Your dreams fall from the clouds
I never get a chance to reach you

And I never take the step
I never get a chance to reach you

Your dreams fall from the clouds

Birds get lost in the deepest sky
And you are about to start the way

The desolation of hills is desperate

Your journey doesn’t have a deadline

Missing never ends
Like the mountain far away

After some time of listening, the artist put the silky overall back in to the glass container and closed it.

After closing the container, he left the place, and the whole group left with him. The glass container and the hammer stayed in front of the portal.