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Zhenhan Hao

Zhenhan Hao is a socially engaged artist and designer who is fascinated by grass roots cultural and culture exchanges in history and across continents. With various experiences of study and living in China and Europe, working with people from different fields Hao has developed a unique understanding of how the existing production systems operate, how local and global contexts interact and how tradition and modernity can stimulate meaningful opportunities. Centering on the concepts of emergence, self-organization and co- evolution, his approach often engages with people, environments rather than limited by identity, materials or academic disciplines.

 

Zhenhan Hao obtained his BA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China in 2011 and has graduated from an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. With various experiences of study and life in China and Europe, working with people from different fields Hao has developed a unique understanding of how the existing production systems operate, how local and global contexts interact and how tradition and modernity can stimulate meaningful opportunities. Centering on the concepts of emergence, self-organization and co- evolution, his approach often engages with people, environments rather than limited by identity, materials or academic disciplines.

“Imitation, imitation” Series

Imitation, imitation is a two and a half years of experimental project located within the graduation project of MA at Royal College of Art. It uncovers the social, political and economic implications of Chinese imitation culture and stimulates a positive future through my direct interventions. I have taken on the guise of an agent and am managing two research-practices simultaneously under different social contexts. In China, I have proposed a new production model for craftspeople in Dafen village and Jingdezhen to imitate and create at the same time. Together, we co-produced a series of improvised products that sought to inspire the imitators to explore their imagination and creativity. In London, I introduced Chinese imitation culture through a workshop with the absurd aim of drawing perfect circles. With the exposure to forum, universities, galleries and museums people with different backgrounds are brought into complex landscapes of interdisciplinary interactions and experimentations that invite further interpretation and interrogation of the notion of imitation. In the end, my own identity of artist converted to an agent, a middleman, a catalyst provoked a beautiful landscapes which beyond any individual’s creativity and imagination.