Inheritance Projects


Blind Man & The Sun


Video works: Susanne Burner, Deer Fang, Huang Xiaopeng

Sound performances: KLC_Nir, Sin:Ned, Justice Yeldham, Zen Lu

He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China

Blind Man and the Sun is a performance of exchanges. The title taken from a Chinese proverb refers to the dislocation and interaction of the senses of sound and sight. This is a theme explored in the presentation of live improvised soundtracks in direct response to selected video works on the. The programme sees an exchange of sensory stimuli and artistic medium as well as a international cultural interaction through responsive performances.


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Once upon a time, there was a blind man who did not know what the Sun was. So he asked other people to explain.


One man said, "The Sun is shaped like a copper plate." So the blind man banged on a copper plate, and listened to its clanging sound. Later when he heard the sound of a temple bell, he thought that must be the Sun.


Another man said, "The Sun gives out light just like a candle." So the blind man held a candle to feel its shape. Later when he picked up a flute, he thought that this must be the Sun.


We know that he Sun is vastly different from a bell or a flute; but a blind man does not understand the differences, because he has never seen the Sun and only heard it described.


-             Su Shi, Song Dynasty

Sound Artists

Zen Lu & KLC_Nir (CH)

Zen Lu, a Shenzhen based experimental musician and sound artist, hosted and founded We Play!Records,and he is the founder of Neo Sound artistic group. In the past few years, while insisting on independent solo composing, Zen Lu founded and joined in several local musical outfits. He has recently collaborated with Polish experimental musician Grzegorz Bojanek and formed ChoP - a series of albums involving two musicians of different nationalities invited to join in composing for each release.


An experimental musician, founder of GiN Label, is now living and working in Shenzhen, He started began composing experimental music/sound independently in 2007. Much of his work presents a mysterious and silent landscape of Eastern philosophic thoughts.

Sin:Ned (HK)

An idiosyncratic writer and a sonic junkie from Sin:Ned hacks and twists anything he can put his hands on. When not writing as a pseudo-music critic  for the alternative HK music magazine, mcb he spends much of his time hacking and sculpting sonic materials with his laptop and various electronic gears.

Justice Yeldham (AUS)

A maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. By pressing his face and lips against the glass whist employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries, he turns disguarded household windows into crude musical instruments. Resulting in a wide variety of cacophonous noises that are strangely controlled and oddly musical.

Video Artists

Deer Fang

Deer Fang is a video artist working in San Francisco and Guangzhou.  Her earlier projects investigate the condition of video in art making and the dynamics within the production process through participation, improvisation, real-time and socialization. Her current work uses common formats from popular culture such as the news, reality TV show, music videos, and online videos to dissect culture and political meanings in the media and in our everyday society.

Susanne Burner (DE)

Currently artist-in-residence at the OCAT international residency, Burner’s work includes photography, video and book art. The video piece shown today, Finistere plays with notions of space, expectations and the object/subject relationship

Huang Xiaopeng (CH)

A Guangzhou based video artist much of, Huang;s work deals with issues of (mis)translation, the complexities of contemporary Chinese culture and his own position within it. Having returned to China after nearly 15 years in the UK, he has a unique perspective on his home and adoptive countries. His work has been shown most recently at the Guangzhou Triennial 2008 amongst countless international exhibitions. Huang is also an artist in residence at the OCAT.