2015 - 2017
By combining footage documenting a group of activists with a YouTube video proclaiming a certain fitness ideology, "Several kinds of resistance" looks at strategies of individuals to relate to political or social contexts. The title quotes the YouTuber claiming that already "some kind of resistance" is better than nothing. This conviction is not only shared by most activists in the video but also may be communicated in the same wording. Both protagonists share a passion for their cause and invest themselves physically in it, which in turn needs to be defined by goals and ideologies.
The YouTuber calls the viewers to stop doing the usual cardio-training since it cannot establish the desired change. Instead, he argues in favor of an holistic approach ("change your diet") in order to achieve the desired change. Put next to the footage of the activist group, "cardio" can become a metaphor of the group doing their traditional work such as handing out leaflets. However, when he later proclaims “just do something”, the comparison becomes ambivalent. Aren’t the activist “just doing something”?
The work is presented as a one-channel-video installation with a bench. Additionally, posters that promote the video can be spread in public space.
Thanks to GymGeekTV for the kind permission to use his footage.