Work hard, Die young. That's bullshit:)
Many assumed that the increased use of modern technology in the workplace would allow mankind to sit back more, yet some people are working longer hours than ever.
This series of works by Chinese digital artist Axl Le was made as an opposition to a statement made by Alibaba CEO Jack Ma in 2019, who advocated that 996 is a blessing. 996 is an increasingly common practice in the Chinese tech industry, where employees are required to work from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 6 days a week. Critics have called it "modern slavery”.
In this series, Axl is reflecting on the role of a modern work environment and how it impacts our life. It consists of several short animations, still frames as well as one short film. The series uses ironic visuals to depict imagined morbid scenarios unfolding itself in what could appear as a normal workplace.
“I hope that my recent work will allow people to sit down and start thinking, does our life really exist only for work? I really hope we can live more like a person than a machine” – Axl Le