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IN DEPTH

HAO JINGBAN

FORSAKEN LANDSCAPES, 2018, two-channel, HD video: 33 min 21 sec; 18 min 50 sec.

Installation view at “Hao Jingban: Uninvited Guests,” Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, 2018–19.

Courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery.

When silent motion pictures were first introduced to mass audiences in Japan in the late 19th century, the task of a benshi was to preface the contents of a film and narrate the plot during the presentation. It was a paradoxical position that inevitably required benshi to lend their own readings to what was happening on the…

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