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Hao Jingban

Off Takes

Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

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Artist
Hao Jingban
Title
Off Takes
Year
2016
Duration
21 min 18 s
Format & Technical

HD single channel video
Edition of AP1 / 5 + 2 AP

Since 2012, Hao Jingban has been conducting research and filming for her Beijing Ballroom project. She traces the present ballrooms in Beijing to the two waves of ballroom dancing in the early 1950s and post-Cultural Revolution late 1970s. In the three years of shooting, Hao attempts different video languages to explore these interweaving historical narratives. Hao’s video work Off Takes originates from the discarded footages from this project. These personal life stories, bound up in the shifting courses of political climates, had once failed to be interpreted because of their historical distance and the absurdity of reality. Through the reorganisation and reactivation of these once deselected fragments, Hao meditates on the semiotic and affective relations between image and message.