Huang Xiaopeng, Rock Point Inn

Mon Oct 4, 2010 - 12:00 pm - Fri Oct 22, 2010 - 5:00 pm @ Gendai Gallery, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto
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Huang Xiaopeng, Rock Point Inn (2008, 35'50")

The re-appropriation of British townscapes in Shanghai was the subject of study for Huang Xiaopeng 2008 work, Rock Point Inn. The piece interrogates the self-colonialization of contemporary China through his subtly manipulated depiction of Thames Town, an exact replica of Lyme Regis, UK.

Huang Xiaopeng
1960 Born in Shanxi, China
1983 BA. Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China
1992 MA. The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK
Since 2003 Associate Professor, Head of the 5th studio (contemporary art), Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China

“Can we grasp the true meaning of a translation if we do not understand fully the ‘other’s’ culture? Can a whole culture be based on idealizing and emulating another? And, is cultural transformation possible?

My video and public installation work explores the inevitable dislocation as a consequence of translating, copying and transforming. I choose to work with automatic fast translation software to translate from English to Chinese and/or vice versa - like many of the pirate CD, DVD, and dual language information in China today - and I then employ the same method to translate back to the source language. Much of my work plays with the idea of a ‘Chinese Whisper’ between languages through the method of translation and testing the boundaries of meaning. At what point do the multiplying translations begin to lose any sense in either of the languages?”

- Huang Xiaopeng

This video exhibition is the first in a three-part series of Gendai's first instalment of Vectors: Connections and Interventions.

The journey of this mobile programming initiative starts from Gendai home base, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Sitting at its initial point, Vectors attempts to explore and examine the conditions around the physical environment of Gendai and the context of its historical and cultural representations, thus to re-assess the role of a community based contemporary art organization.

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