A collaborative, three-channel video created with my partner, Yingheng Huang, all i have to do is explores labor politics through performance and pig-related media.
We started thinking about and gradually became very into pigs after re-watching several pig-related cartoons—ones that we were fed while growing up. In these anthropomorphic cartoons, pigs are oftentimes stand-ins for laboring bodies, bodies that are disassembled into productive parts. For example, in The Three Little Pigs, the only way for pigs to withstand the wolf is to devote themselves to labor, constantly building houses. We resonate with pigs partly because of the way laboring has congested our everyday lives, and partly because we have a sense that our bodies are also organized by capitalist society through its advocacy for productivity and uniformity. This video manifests the process of us learning and thinking about our relationship to capital, and we see it as an attempt to thwart assimilation by creating chaos.