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Critical Practice

Serena Huang

Serena Huang is born in Guangzhou, China, based in London. Serena received her BA Fine Art degree from Chelsea College of Arts. Besides her use of video, installation, sculptural objects and text, Serena also works collaboratively including curatorial project, As Ann M. Hue Begins to reminisce about the play: The Smartphone Was Invented Before the Candle, workshops Staging on the stage 1&2, and the audio version of her novel Page Forty.  

Serena is actively exhibiting in London, Hongkong, and mainland China. Recent exhibitions include Mal(e)feance, UglyDuck Gallery, London, UK; Liquin Presents -Biscuits Go Crunch and the Frequency Band Screenings, Hoxton 253 art project space, London, UK and the Dream Exhibition, the Paos Galleries (Hongkong Art Centre), Hongkong, China. Full CV can be found here.


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School of Arts & Humanities

Critical Practice

Serena Huang works with video, installation, text, performance and more, and she questions the idea of truth and the hierarchical relationship in different contexts. Serena uses fragmented element to stage different scenes within the structure of cinematic and theatrical experience, resulting in pieces of fragmented narration that connect themselves overtime.  

Highlighting the glitches in history, the backstage of reality, the anecdotes behind the curtain, and distorting everyday objects, Serena's work revisits the meaningful coincidence in reality, history, prehistory, mythology, and merges the line between fiction and truth.

Through creating different anecdotes, artifacts, and scenes, Serena is piecing back together a narrative that is still happening or never happened, as a way to reflect history. The outcome of a reality is now built to speculate the possible setting and background where the outcomes belong to. The whole practice is an ongoing event that shapes itself and grows itself. 

The Wall overview
Launch Project

The Wall overview

The Wall is a wall that records the ancient stories and anecdotes in a fictional reality. It is a contemporary interpretation of in The Cave of the Ancients(1963) by Lobsang Rampa, in which a wall under the Potala Palace is used to record information of prehistoric technology, knowledge, and happenings.

Please allow it to load for a while after entering the site, after the greeting, you can navigate the wall in sections. Link to the wall:


interactive video (html5 and javascript)


approximately 17min
DigitalfictionfuturisticGameHistoryInteractivemythologyNarration / StorytellingRealitytheatricalwall
...and on top of the mountain there was a temple...
Which story is the hi-story - Does the history repeat itself or does it go into a different
trajectory on another plain - Is it different or is it same-difference - Is it still or is it ill - Is
it ever never-ending or it ends and starts again - When did the start start - When did
the end end - You know what’s gonna happen next don’t you? Or do you?

The video is structured around a never-endind Chinese folk story.





Model: Tiantian Liu, Rieko Whitfield; Photography: Serena Huang

Model: Tiantian Liu, Rieko Whitfield; Photography: Serena Huang

The set of spotlights derives from thinking about how an object moves us and how the script is embedded in an object. They are designed to be worn comfortably by the lighting crew with
reflective padding on the forehead and chin. The battery holder is to be velcro-ed on
the arm to allow maximum flexibility. The main switch, to be worn on the thumb and
index finger on the right hand, is turned on when both fingers are attached. During the
usage, both fingers should always stay attached. To put on standby mode, the lighting
crew should cover the front of the light with one’s left-hand palm.


photographs of handmade wearable spotlights


33x33x15cm (size of the lights)

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