XIONG Xiaoyu / Sherry 熊晓宇

“ …at the heart of this critical language, between several discourses, those of sociology, of semiology, and of psychoanalysis—but that, by ultimate dissatisfaction with all of them, I was bearing witness to the only sure thing that was in me (however naive it might be): a desperate resistance to any reductive system. For each time, having resorted to any such language to whatever degree, each time I felt it hardening and thereby tending to reduction and reprimand, I would gently leave it and seek elsewhere: I began to speak differently.”
                                                                                                     --   Roland Barthes (1980), Camera Lucida

    selected artworks 部分作品
DNA mirror DNA镜子,2024
Where_is_语言_مرضی_nehmen 나?, (文字将去向哪里?), 2024

1 Question ⋅20 People ⋅ 20 Glasgow ⋅ 20 World,
一个问题,20个人,20个格拉斯哥,20个世界, 2024

A Translation Experiment 一个翻译实验,2023
My  Hamburg, 我眼中的汉堡,2023.
Glasgow in my Eyes,  我眼中的格拉,2023
Identity you, 定义你,2023
Who  is Hui’an Woman?,谁是惠安女?,2022
Listen  to Her,看它说,2021

    projects 综合项目
    My word, My world, 我的文字宇宙,2023-now
    Art&Heritage Exhibition,艺术与遗产展览,2021-2023
    Soapbox Science & Art,2018

      writings 观点写作
    The Malevolence of Words , 书写之恶,2023
    The Rebellion of Words,文字的反叛,2024
    Colonial Arrogance: In the Name of Cultural Appropriation,

    The Imagination of Words: Living Words, 文字的想象力:活着的文字,2023


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    Where_is_语言_مرضی_nehmen 나? (文字将去向哪里?)

    Film, 1:37mis, black and white, sound. 2024.

    in Exhibition, 2024, UK

    The background of the film:
    Abram (Abram, 1996:66) claims that “with the advent of the aleph-beth in Greek, a new distance opens between human culture and the rest of nature.” In the East, Linguistic scholar of the Eastern and Chinese period Xu Shen in the book of Shuowen Jiezi mentions that logographic characters were transformed through methods such as "transference" and "borrowing," similar to rebus, where only the sound of the logographic character was retained while discarding its meaning(Tang, 2020). Humanity boasts that the invention and standardised development of writing broke the knowledge monopoly and elevated social status held by refined literati, enabling everyone, even children, to quickly grasp the simplified script evolved from logographic characters. Whether in Eastern or Western civilisations, after the phonemicisation and rebus transformations of words, "each image now came to have a strictly human referent: each letter was now associated purely with a gesture or sound of the human mouth. Such image could no longer function as windows opening onto a more-than-human field of powers, but solely as mirrors reflecting the human form back upon itself." (Abram, 1996:86) The sensory engagement with the new script becomes confined within the human-created discourse system, gradually rendering individuals mere cogs in the operational machinery of the civic world, incessantly spinning. Until our senses habitually perceive the primal language as a transparent replica of the universe, attributing power to the lion's body, authority to the eagle's eye... (Foucault, 1983). Our perceptual system gradually shuts down, preparing the body to become a mere chess piece.

    About the structure of the film:
    The film consists of three sections, each composed of gradient landscapes made up of various texts.
    The first section is composed of Gaelic text. The images are collected from the Scottish Highlands, Glasgow, and the surrounding areas. The sounds are collected from nature, including the wind, flowing water, and bird songs.
    The second section is composed of English text. The images are collected from factories and ships during the Industrial Revolution. For the sounds, I imitated the sounds of hammering iron and machinery at work.
    The third section is composed of texts in English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Urdu, German, and other languages. The images are composed of Glasgow's contemporary architecture, universities, traffic, and people. The sounds come from electronic technology and vehicles.


    阿布拉姆(Abram, 1996:66)声称,“随着希腊字母表的出现,人类文化与自然其他部分之间开启了一种新的距离。” 在东方,东汉语言学家许慎在《说文解字》中提到,象形文字通过“假借”和“转注”等方法进行了转化,这类似于用谐音字符,仅保留象形文字的发音而舍弃其意义(Tang, 2020)。人类自豪地认为,书写的发明和标准化发展打破了知识垄断,并提高了文人的社会地位,使每个人,甚至儿童,都能快速掌握从象形文字演变而来的简化文字。无论是在东方还是西方文明中,经过词语的音素化和谐音转化之后,“每个图像现在都有了一个严格的人类指代:每个字母现在都仅与人类口腔的手势或声音相关联。这样的图像不再能够作为通向超越人类力量领域的窗口,而只是作为反映人类形态的镜子。”(Abram, 1996:86)对新文字的感官参与被限制在由人类创造的论述系统中,逐渐将个体变成市民世界运作机器中的一个齿轮,不断旋转。直到我们的感官习惯性地将原始语言感知为宇宙的透明复制品,赋予狮子的身体以力量,赋予鹰眼以权威……(福柯, 1983)。我们的感知系统逐渐关闭,准备将身体变成一颗棋子。