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You are the dream of my realization

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I went to see Bethan Huws at the Whitechapel gallery and left wanting something more from the sparse conceptualism. Luckily I came across some brilliant work by Huang Xiaopeng a Chinese video artist.

Four short videos

Guess Love Everyday (2’51″) 2007

Only You (2’50″) 2009

It’s Gonna Pop You Idiot (7’01) 2006

The Explosion is a Voice at Time the Generation Hear (5’46″) 2007

Three of the films explore the gaps in comprehension that arise in the process of translation. For example in Only You a well known and popular kareoke song is played with the written Chinese translation and it’s literal retranslation back into English subtitled over the visuals. The lyric ‘you are my dream come true’ is, for instance, translated through this process of chinese whispers into ‘you are the dream of my realization’. This same idea is pushed further in The Explosion is a Voice at Time the Generation Hear where a gansta-rap song is subjected to the same process.

It’s Gonna Pop You Idiot is, gratifyingly, a better version of a video idea I had and then never made. Here two boys blow up balloons. Filmed in slow motion to the sound track of deep breathing, the balloons get bigger and bigger and bigger. The first one explodes, like a death, revealing the child’s face that had become obscured by this large blue external lung. Fear, relief and fear again as we wait for the inevitable from his companion beside him.