Duration: 3 min 04 s
In most time of our evolution, conflict perpetuates the transcendence of civilization. Kubrick's rendition for this phenomenon is represented by a monolith. Once again, as we are currently experiencing the unforeseen conflict through threats of the pandemic, there should be a more literal (or blatant) way of expression to what might be its prophecy. Is this the doomsday of mankind? Or is this the interim for contemplation and resurgence?
On a course of isolation, one must be aware of the being, with a burden of weight, shall it stumble and provoke selfishness. Now that nations are consuming anti-globalization, we are in the phase of welcoming a new dawn. The art of globalization is the art of crisis. Globalization is at our subconscious that provokes the minds of self, protection, or centralization. And this is where it has led us to. It's only the curator's fault to be blamed, which is us. As mediocre as it could be, a neighborhood confrontation (virtually or isolated/ separated by doors) is a miniature of what globalization's aftermath is telling us.
Throughout the minutes of the clip, the protagonist consumes globalization through forms of eatery, media, sound, fashion, iconographies, and books. When globalization enhanced the connectivity of the world, everything comes and goes at a mere blink of an eye all of a sudden. Sarcastically, we vowed to surrender parts of our sovereignty for the acceptance of a shared community, but because of that, we are overall ruled by the joy of global products that we have almost overlooked or neglected the needs of taking a look back at ourselves and the ones beside you (in this case within the sequence, the protagonist's neighbor that is bout to drive crazy).
This isn't just a uni-directional criticism, but its more of a vice versa circumstances. As seen in the sequence, the neighbor (semi-victim as he's annoyed by the noise and laughter by the protagonist) deals with his mental anger through smoking, these smokes then flows towards the apartment and goes into the protagonist space. Again, even if we are victimized by one's annoyance, globalization taught us to deal with these problems by obstructing it through another form of consumption. It does not necessarily relate to an absolute true or false whether its as critical as "crisis" as mentioned on a small scale. But treating consumption as a paradigm will start to broaden this idea to a larger scale if everyone is underestimating the idea of personal selfishness OR one deals with their annoyance through forms of consumption, they add up to an intangible "crisis".
As the idea of consumption is just as common as everyone in the world, the protagonist is seen by a profile shadow, and the neighbor is presented through works of POV. In a way, the neighbor could be you or the protagonist, and we switch roles all the time as much as it's like a chain reaction.
In another word, this is just the reason for the outbreak of corona. If 2020 is told to be red, 2021 will be green.
References included in the credit scene in the video
Scripted route of camera movement
Scripted route of camera movement
Moodboard reference images：
From left to right, top to bottom
Exodus, or The voluntary prisoners of architecture Rem Koolhaas
The continuous monument Manhattan Superstudio
2001：A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick
The unbearable lightness of being Milan Kundera
Globalisation and its Discontents Joseph E. Stiglitz
Levitated Mass Michael Heizer
The Meaning of Life Terry Jones
The Weather Project Olafur Eliasson
COVID-19 ArcGIS Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Centre
In the Mood for Love Wong Kar Wai
Dior by Dior
Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock