69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Snake Mistake

Alex Hobba and Chunxiao Qu

16 June 2022–09 July 2022

Snake Mistake is the product of a correspondence between Alex Hobba and Chunxiao starting in 2019. The process was a simple one of entering the other’s words into Google Translate (between Mandarin and English) which created an inevitable disentanglement and corruption towards illegibility, much like a JPEG the more it is transferred. The work speaks of unintelligibility and contradictions; the proximity of poison to a cure, the colour yellow as expressions of both cowardice and joy.

Snake Mistake is presented as part of STRAY VOLTAGE, KINGS Artist-Run’s iterative video program, collaboratively facilitated by Rebecca McCauley and Aaron Claringbold. Looking to the potential that exists between seemingly incompatible ideas, STRAY VOLTAGE premises an experimental program of critically engaged moving image works, fundamentally grounded by the earth.

STRAY VOLTAGE is supported by the City of Melbourne 2022 Annual Arts Grants Program.

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  • Alex Hobba and Chunxiao Qu are Naarm-based artists working across painting, video, sculpture and the written word. Their collaborative projects create a co-dependence of image and text to subvert any sense of realistic representation of their conversations, experience, memory, and desire.