On the pros and conss of oblique communication, labyrinthine tactics for survival in Chinese diasporic realities and musings on how my mother and I navigate these treacherous entanglements.
Serenity Department officially has an online space! It is the home of affective labour as research and financial labour as webshop.
In the ongoing column Dark Cousin, I offer embodied reflection into the evasive territory of the visible and invisible, and take readers down a meandering path of coded language throughout history.
From the many conversations with my mother, I write a letter to Ursula, an ancestral entity whom I share our mending journey with.
An intergenerational mending practice two years in the making, between my mother Maria Ling Qing Huang and myself.
Paper replicas of the life-sized joss paper dresses were ritualistically burnt in an attempt to connect me to the past, present, and future, through gestures that I have come to understand as spectral publishing.
An essay reflecting upon literal and metaphorical modes of mending as an artist and educator.
A Meditation on Skin and Care and its Interconnecting Tissues. Created by Elaine W. Ho and myself for the PWSSSRFS series at Motel Spatie over the winter of 2020, while incidents of racism against Asians were breaking out worldwide in light of the onset of COVID-19
The book is an introduction to analog steganography, a type of secret writing that is hidden in plain sight. It is an invisible ink colouring book, recipe book, puzzle book and artistic research book. ‘A Cookbook of Invisible Writing’ is an introduction to analog steganography, a type of secret writing that is hidden in plain sight. It is an invisible ink colouring book, recipe book, puzzle book and artistic research book.
1) Get off the technological hamster wheel.
2) Innovation ≠ Good, Obsolete ≠ Bad.
3) Obsolete Design.
This paper is the theoretical complement to the practical component of a larger body of research on the role of prediction (Mood Radar and Prediction TV). The overarching objective is to question discourse regimes and how they shape reality through the management and construction of acceptable knowledge. Para-rationalism is explored as a method to simultaneously problematise and straddle the rational/irrational dichotomy. Divination can be seen as an example of para-rationalism and is addressed through the notions of paradox, synchronicity, truth as a model and self-fulfilling prophecies. In modern secular society, the legacy of divination can be traced in the contemporary use of predictive algorithms, seizing on their utility for surveillance and market driven incentives in the name of progress.
Dimensions of Censorship questions how internet censorship, for better or worse has affected the transient state of China. It is common knowledge that the media has always been susceptible to censorship, however the topic of censorship has always been a deeply complicated and moreover a pervasive element in human history.
Set in the near future, BENJI™ is a fictitious entity that journeys into the world of bio-information as a commodity and consequently envisions the prospects of genetic discrimination and the increasing personalisation of marketing strategies. Named after the child of Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.com and Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andme.com (a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company), Benji represents the ideological and economic union as historically practiced in royal political marriages and commonly witnessed in corporate mergers.