Walking the Vegetables Movement in Manchester 遛菜运动在英国
April, 2008
Walking the Vegetables Movement is Upgraded version of the Walking the Cabbage Project and is characterized by public group interventions.
In April, 2008, Han Bing was invited to participate in the Asia Triennial Manchester with his Walking the Cabbage Project. At his solo show at The International 3, Han Bing's tri-channel video-installation showed footage from the eight-year performative intervention, The Green Walking Movement In UK, in China, Japan and the US. And on the streets of Manchester, he localized this interrogation of social class and sustenance, possessive individualism and conspicuous consumption, with 150 cabbage-walking Manchester folks - homeless people, housewives, grandparents, kids, gay activists, white collars, and immigrants, alike - taking Savoy cabbages (the English equivalent of Chinese cabbage and a staple food of the poor) on leashes for a three-hour walk across the city, inciting puzzlement, delight and much debate.
“遛白菜之绿色运动”是遛白菜的升级版——一个流动的、散步的、不断移动的绿色运动,承载了生态民主理想的人类共同立场。“异常化”行为“遛白菜”在韩冰长达八年的行为生活中变得“日常化”,这是一个个体通过长期行为达到‘从量变到质变’的实践,而“遛白菜运动”则以群众集体的“异常化”的行为来完成“正常化”的绿色运动的社会诉求。随着“遛白菜运动”的规模不断扩大,韩冰正在从当初那个“遛白菜”的另类个体行为实践者变为集体“遛白菜运动”的普通参与者——“遛白菜一族”。而未来,韩冰希望今天,越来越多的人从“正常生活行为”中走出来,加入到以反战和平、动保护生为目的散步的绿色运动,就如同一种简单普通的承载了生命理想的大众休闲运动。