Contemporary Art Practice – Critical Practice (MA)

Serena Huang

Serena Huang was born in Guangzhou, China, based in London. Serena received her BA Fine Art degree from Chelsea College of Arts with first clas honours.Besides her use of video, installation, sculptural objects and text, Serena also works in a collaborative manner 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 exhibition includes 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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Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Working with video, installation, text, performance without performing and more, Serena Huang questions the idea of truth and the hierarchical relationship in different contexts. She uses fragmented elements to stage different scenes with the structure of cinematic and theatrical experience, resulting in pieces of fragmented narration that connect themselves overtime.  

Highlighting the glitch 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, merges the line between fiction and truth.

Serena's work exists independently as well as being an element of another work. For example, the fly in novel Page Forty is the same one who appears to be dead in installation the Death of the Fly, who is also the one flying around the Black Wall. Through creating different anecdotes, artifacts, and scenes, Serena is piecing back together a narrative that is still happening or never happened, like how history is. 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 Black Wall overview
Launch Project

The Black Wall overview

The black wall is a wall that attempts to tell the history of a civilization that is similar to ours. People in the unknown future trying to understand their past by investigating a wall that has been there for a long time.

It is a contemporary interpretation of the black wall in The Cave of the Ancients(1963) by Lobsang Rampa. The book mentioned a black wall under the Potala recording information of prehistoric technology, knowledge, and happenings. There is a debate on whether the book is a fiction or a true story.

Each element of the wall may or may not draw reference to one or more historical and mythological stories.
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 20min
Narration / Storytelling

...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 crews with
reflective paddings 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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