A creative worker who often overthinks, possesses great ambition, and continually strives to enhance skills and abilities.
This project constructs two distinct dreamscapes through three chapters, reenacting a powerful outcry that emerged unexpectedly on Chinese social media. The focus is on the challenges faced by delivery riders in their survival struggle , including high risks and the dehumanizing nature of their work. This outcry leads to a crisis in public relations for major delivery platforms, prompting a series of reform measures. However, as public interest wanes, the only true change appears to be within the endurance limits of the delivery riders themselves. They are compelled to seek new means of self-adaptation in a job with limited alternatives. Meanwhile, the original critics vanish, replaced by two supposedly more "authentic" voices, resonating with some delivery riders: "Survival is paramount in these dire circumstances; discussions of morality and emotions are futile," and "This job is a temporary refuge; frequent personnel turnover makes everything besides earning money inconsequential."
The three chapters encompass the following:
Through these chapters, my intention is to stimulate contemplation among viewers regarding the challenges faced by food delivery riders, the social relationship deficits they encounter, and the ways in which they use fantasies to alleviate their realities. We also explore the potential benefits and limitations of virtual voice assistants, as well as the constraints of compensatory behaviors in reality. Additionally, these discussions give rise to broader key questions: How should these challenges be acknowledged and addressed in the era of prevalent gig economy characterized by weak contracts and low resistance? In the face of survival issues, is passive optimism and reliance on fantasies our only choice?