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Jie Hao

MA work

Wait and See

‘Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.’

– A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

A balloon is floating between spaces: a space of the past which is warmed up by memories, and another space of a coming future which is speeded up by imagination. A balloon could be captured, but yet a surface is unable to be preserved. What is withdrawn here is the interactions between a sign of a balloon and the meaning of a balloon awaiting to be signified. 

Human interaction produces many kind of traces. There will be a lot of traces in different moments, some will stay, and some will dissipate. I am particularly drawn to the moment where the surfaces of objects meet. And I question our ways on reading these traces and how our perception direct our judgement. The information we perceive from reading the traces, might not be what it actually was. And this raise a contradiction, which I find intriguing. I transformed the activity, which is not mechanically repeated. They are reconstructed by traces of different moments. Any human intervention will activate the moving image piece to rewind for 5 seconds. Through interacting with the piece, one can have an insight on the temporary trace, as human interuption will resist the video to play in a natural way. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • I'm from a background in graphic design and installation. My works focuses on design for the senses, accessibility and installation spaces. And the connection between landscape and technology, how these can be applied understood and communicated through visual expression.

  • Degrees

  • BA Communication Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • The Cat is Alive, The Crypt Gallery, London, 2015; Forces, Physics & Football: British Science Week, The National Football Museum, Manchester, 2015; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Ponyland, Hockney Gallery, London, 2016; Contemporary Resonance / Screenscapes, Senior Common Room, London,, 2016; Different Strokes, Hockney Gallery, London, 2016