Abandoning the decision making for images, as a form of noncooperation with the power system, leads to a further level of nonproduction. Yan Lei insists that there is no difference between art and other reallife activities, in particular, commercial ones. He declares: “I think making art and doing other business are the same thing”. This not only brings about the elimination of the ego of the artist; the self, or the subjectivity, of the artist no longer counts.
Of course, the concept of the death of the author has been explored and debated for a long time in contemporary art and culture. The old concept of the author as an individual creator expressing his absolute subjectivity and ingeniousness through hands-on realization of his work seems to be longgone. The author can only be seen as a plural “intersubjectivity”, the one that can no longer escape from influences and mingling with others.