Happy Tonight 欢乐今宵
Taking Happy Tonight was an accidental start. When those fasion photographer fellows of mine regarded this deserted Karaoke hall as the gorgeous background for shooting fasion belle,I saw in their pictures those lonely ghosts hiding in the dark seemed to be anxious to open their mouths and talk,I was suddenly seized by a whim and bought a 4X5 camera which I had never used before. Then I sneaked into this gloomy and still kingdom alone,put up my camera,infixed into the cover cloth,focused and discerned every detail carefully bit by bit,contracted to the smallest aperture,pressed the shutter release to expose for a long time. Just like the early photography described by Walter Benjamin in the 19th century,because of limited technology,the pictures must be exposed for a long time,they agglomerated a kind of "aura" which made the pictures possess a weirdness connected with a conjurator. I began to wallow in shooting the divine light emerged from the dark fastidiously which made the true images reflecting the realistic world minutely seem to overflow the abnormity.
The weird pictures taken at the obsolete Karaoke hall is more like the arranged setting than "on-the-spot record". These pictures illustrate the absurdity of the reality itself. They prove that even the most rational life style can walk into the unimaginable quaintness at any minute. The rising of Karaoke and the KTV culture in Asian conform a kind of comsuming style of spirits in the mass media era----the individual fulfills the double functions: he confirms himself by making use of the right of choice and reconstruction,while he keeps the value communication between the individual and the mass. In south and north,when people go to karaoke,they say they would like to "relax",which well demonstrates the function of the activity: the decompression valve of the excessive and almost overdraft city life. The function of the space is to let people run wild, besides the offering of the large charge of howling,spirituous liquors and the excited opposite sex,the space had better be the more grosteque the better, the farther away from the office and family the better,because people come here to forget. The demand opens out an interesting competition among the fitment circle of bar and Karaoke hall,which turns out to be the caverned picture of magical realism. Relaxation itself is a rational behavior to keep away the overdraft,however, relaxation walks up to the sensible overdraft,ease becomes overstrain. This simple truth can be seen at these places at a certain time.