For our August ONE WORK event we are delighted to host an online discussion with Xin Huang unfolding the themes behind her work ‘What Should We Eat After Dreaming’ (2020) on Thursday 31 August from 7 – 8pm. Book your place for the online discussion here.
‘What Should We Eat After Dreaming’ will be available to view online via the LUX Scotland website from 1 – 31 August, 2023. We recommend watching the film in advance of the discussion, you can view the work here.
In this experimental video, Huang aims to explore how to maximize her own emotions and trigger empathy in the audience for love. To do so, she has divided empathy into two categories: one based on emotions that are universally experienced by humans, and the other based on the individual’s emotions as “I”. Her research on love and images is divided into two parts: fantasy and reality. Huang uses these categories to represent the two most extreme models of love experience. Through the portrayal of the most extreme and mundane love images, she asks the audience: Is there a correlation between the intensity of our experiences and the depth of our love? Do we have to go through the most extreme experiences to experience the greatest love?
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the exhibition of the work and the discussion that focused on it.
Image description: A film still of two figures in a domestic kitchen setting. It is a tightly cropped image only showing their arms and hands. Their sleeves are rolled up and they are holding a dark green bowl and seem to be preparing food. One hand has a dark green bracelet and chipped red nail polish. The word ‘still’ is superimposed over one hand in simple white font and the word ‘repeat’ appears over another hand.
The event will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link is available via Eventbrite booking. To download Zoom, visit here: https://zoom.us/download
The event will be live captioned by 121 Captions.
The film will be available with closed captions.
Watching the work in advance
We encourage audiences to watch‘What Should We Eat After Dreaming’ in advance of the discussion event, as the conversation will be focused on this work and audience questions, reflections and contributions are an important part of this event series. ‘What Should We Eat After Dreaming’ will be available to watch via the LUX Scotland website from 1 – 31 August 2023.
Participating in the Event
We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.
We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants.
Audiences are encouraged to contribute, and the host will open up the group conversation for questions after a short introduction to the work by the artist. We ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type‘hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat box to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly.
LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.
Xin Huang (b. 1996) is a multidisciplinary artist from China who is based in Glasgow. She recently graduated from the MFA program at GSA. Xin’s recent research has focused on the after-effects of personal trauma on the psyche and collective struggles within the context of the pandemic. She employs moving images, installations, text, and photography as mediums, exploring power dynamics and satire while questioning whether metaphor, storytelling, and fiction are sufficient pathways to recovery from trauma and suppression. She often draws inspiration from personal memories, diaries, and news archiving and transforms them through satirical adaptations. She believes past experiences have always been a latent influence; like a ripple in a pond in which the originating stone is deep and unseen, can be inherited by later events, similar or associated. Her mission is to find the trigger and uncover the hidden memories.
Notes Online discussion will be live captioned
Closed Captions Online screening will have closed captions
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.