Let Me Play My Game

Fei Gao

‘Let Me Play My Game is a response to the controversial clinical psychiatrist, Yang Yongxin, who practices Electroconvulsive Therapy as a cure for alleged ‘gaming addiction’ in contemporary China. Yang practices this therapy without anesthesia or muscle relaxants. Most of his patients are 12-30 years old, and are abducted by their parents and forced to participate in Yang’s anti-gaming bootcamp. During the program Yang trains his patients in a military style. Attempting to access the internet, contact parents, leave, cry or oppose Yang results in Electric Shocks. The hospital has became a cult where Yang is worshipped, obeyed and feared.

Why do so many teenagers choose gaming? Why do Yang and his supporters torture those gaming teens? China’s current socio-political climate produces intense stresses through the institutions of Gaokao*, forced marriage, air pollution and a culture of commercialisation among teenagers. By imagining the gallery space as an internet cafe that permits the free expression of suffering due to these social issues, it becomes a safe space to escape, rest and recover. Gaming can be a form of protest that becomes most relevant when all other forms of political activism have failed to make significant progress. The right to game should be reclaimed from morally corrupt forces such as Yang, who profits from torturing China’s youth. The act of playing these games allows us to discover the truth, heal our trauma, and pay respect to a generation of tortured teens.

1. Gaokao is the National College Entrance Examination.

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Wednesday 1 May 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 2 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 3 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 4 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 5 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 9 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 10 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 11 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 12 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 15 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 16 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 17 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 18 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 19 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 22 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 23 May 2019 from 10am to 7pm
Friday 24 May 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm

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