How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File

This video unfolded the methods of “how not be seen” in a very unexpected way. After these five very practical lessons given by Hito Steyerl, you can turn to be invisible very successfully whenever you want – OF COURSE NOT.
In my view, Steyerl presented an informative package to lead the audience to rethink the relationship between them and the public, which includes many forms of choices, possibilities, and thoughts. Therefore, I derived three situations from the invisible to discuss the implications of this video and the inside sarcasm.

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE INVISIBLE
Though walking away, taking away, hiding, pretending, erasing, camouflaging, and even taking a picture, people can be invisible in many senses, which reminded me of the relationship between the ‘happenings’ and audience.
When happenings happened, the audience first watch. The first cut on Corinna Huntington Hodel’s red silk dress [1]. The first water balloon throws to Detroit [2]. The first vote on the signing sheet for cutting a one-meter wound on Yunchang He’s flesh without anesthesia [3]. Then the audience participate. The dress is tearing apart. The water balloons run out. The wound is cutting witnessed by 25 voters. The silent audience becomes the perpetrator. Finally, the audience walks away, pretend they are not there, and even taking a picture as an outsider.

The happening becomes a party for the audience, and no one takes responsibility in the end. Everyone wants to be anonymous and invisible in the guilty public.

PEOPLE FORCED TO BE INVISIBLE & PEOPLE FIGHT TO BE SEEN
Some examples:
Puyi after 1917 [4].
Female in Punk rock before the 1970s [5].
Āyatollāh Rūhollāh Khomeinī before 1979 [6].
“Public that oppressed by their addiction to amusement” – Amusing Ourselves to Death [7].
Edward Snowden after 2013 [don’t need to quote].
Marilyn Monroe in Andy Warhol’s artwork.
Loki after The Avengers: Infinity War.
Celebrities on vocation.

WHAT AFTER BEING INVISIBLE
Below is a quote from Martin Niemöller, a famous German theologian and Lutheran pastor [8].

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Last but not least, even though Hito Steyerl presented this video under an amusing appearance, the more profound thoughts that carried out by it cannot be ignored as well. It is ironic that there are people who want to be invisible, and there are more people fight to be seen and forced to be out of the public sight in this world. For the people who want to escape from a certain thing, person, or entity, being invisible can be beneficial. However, being invisible also means that their opinions cannot be heard and rights cannot be protected. Just like Steyerl said, “resolution determines visibility,” and being invisible can be deadly [9].

[1] https://www.bustle.com/p/corinna-huntington-hodel-on-i-am-the-night-isnt-a-real-person-but-she-does-have-a-real-life-counterpart-16700004
[2] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5688932/
[3] https://hyperallergic.com/10717/he-yunchang-1-m-democracy/
[4]https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/people-events/article/2115727/remembering-chinas-last-emperor-puyi-50-years-after
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_Discrimination_Act_1975
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruhollah_Khomeini
[7] https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/41963.Neil_Postman
[8]https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/martin-niemoeller-first-they-came-for-the-socialists
[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKAKgrZZ_ww

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