Xiaoqiao LI

(Re)forming the imprint


Xiaoqiao will present part of his research process where he compares the imprint of the traditional printmaking matrix to the matrix of the digital print relative to their transformation and transmission of memory. The work consists of a composite print on paper with different image parts and a handmade art book with the entire image experimentation process.

Xiaoqiao’s research uses the concept of memory in a way relating to how humans use technology for the storage, retention, and retrieval of information. His study aims at exploring the conceptual and technological transformation of the digital print-matrix imprint in memory trace, loss, decay, and deconstruction of the image. It establishes the digital print imprint as a carrier of memory and explores the relationship between the digital print-matrix process and the effect of the technique on the technicity of memory. It is concerned with the relationship between physical and digital printmaking and how these processes can embody and expand memory. The digital aspect, the digital print-matrix, the imprint, and the memory of technicity are of most concern. The term "digital print-matrix" is used from the perspective of contemporary fine art printmaking practice, where the digital print-matrix has the function of carrying and recording information, similar to the program or code of artistic events that may happen.

About the artist

Xiaoqiao Li is an artist, researcher, and member of the Council of Macau International Printmaking Art Research Center. Xiaoqiao has received many professional awards across the globe, including the Clifford Chance Purchase Prize in the UK and the Chinese Young Artists Award at the Beijing International Art Biennale. In 2019, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) offered him a Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy Program in Visual Arts Studies at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. His research is engaged with the question of how do the processes of printmaking can help us understand the capture, retention, loss, and transmission of information in the function of the image.

Contact: 19481292@life.hkbu.edu.hk