HUANG Xiaopeng

K.O.H.D. (from far east to far west)  (2014 -2016), video still, courtesy of the artist

K.O.H.D. (from far east to far west) (2014 -2016), video still, courtesy of the artist


K.O.H.D. (from far east to far west)

2014 -2016 , video, 60’

This is a surreal collage “essay film” of alienation in the dream-world, which I edited over 3 years. By following Duchamp’s “ready-made” concept, most of my materials are adopted from everyday life around me from the past 10 years: texts (especially books, lyrics, advertisements, news and conversations that influence the Chinese perception and internalization of modernity and political ideals) and images (shot with a DVcam whenever and wherever, copied from DVDs, downloaded from the internet or taken from TV...). I used Google online translation to deconstruct these texts, and re-encode the time and space, resulting in mutual redefinition, constant accumulation and extension, so that these different contexts under the independent and unrelated elements collide with each other, and finally expand into a whole fragment, creating a gap in the language and eventually being lost to infinite transmission of meanings. With soundtracks of Chinese and Western love songs that completely lose their original meanings in a new context, the translation turns them into political statements, becoming like poetry in our absurd time.

–Artist Statement


HUANG Xiaopeng

Born 1960 in Shanxi; lives and works in Guangzhou

Huang Xiaopeng obtained his MA from the Slade School of Fine Art of the University College London in 1992. He is currently a professor at South China Normal University and a university fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University. He founded the HB Station (Contemporary Art Research Centre) in Guangzhou, and was the head of the fifth studio of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts between 2003 and 2012. His video and public installation works explore the problem of (mis)translation arising from cultural copy-transformation in the course of modernisation; they also look into how we project others in (dis)location, and how such projection relates to the dilemma of globalisation. In addition, his works push the relationship between language and everyday images to its limits to challenge the boundaries of meanings and, ultimately, the ‘correctness’ of our daily experiences. Huang’s recent exhibitions include The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away at Times Museum, Guangzhou (2017); Pulse of the Pearl River Delta, presented by BFI South Bank, London (2016); A Hundred Years of Shame—Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations at Para Site, Hong Kong (2015); Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Jalal Toufic, Huang Xiaopeng at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011); BE NATURAL, BE YOURSELF at FRAC, Nantes (2011); and Farewell to Post- Colonialism at the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2008). He contributed a critical essay titled Education as an Art Project to Printed Projects 11, published for the 53rd Venice Biennale, in 2009.