Feast, 2018

4K Ultra HD two-channel video installation, duration 11 minutes 45 seconds.

During dusk and dawn, we see another beginning. What seemed once familiar will emerge into the unfamiliar. Our left ankle remains unnoticed until there’s a mosquito bite. It breaks the stillness and comes into our consciousness, irritates our bodily experience that goes beyond our subjectivity. Animals, insects, humans, trees and things exist as if they play their role theatrically under our gaze until we encounter the in-between of subject and object, pulling us back to the ground and bringing us the truth that lies between realities. I’m intrigued by how the confrontation of forgotten unfamiliarity can reveal a realm where we lose grip on our understanding of things and relearn what things are.

Feast (2018) is a two-channel video installation that depicts an outdoor video screening took place at Rimbun Dahan, a fourteen acres art center with a compound of indigenous jungle outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The left-channel is the video being screened during the event and the right-channel is the documentation of the screening itself. During the event, spectators were invited to wear a mosquito mesh robe, walk through the jungle in the dark, pass by a bonfire, and witness a screen of video projection at the end of the path. The enchantment of watching a fire being poked at in a hearth sets against the streaming of video on a huge screen hung between trees. The screen and its light, in relation to the spaces in it and around it, are my attempt to orchestrate a situation that discerns the urgency to rethink our existence in relation to the technological world that we have constructed.


Exhibition

22-29 January 2020, GLAMFA 2020: Double Play, CSU Long Beach Art Galleries, Long Beach, California

http://greaterlamfa.com/glamfa-2020-open-relationships/


Research

Southeast Asian Artist Residencies at Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Malaysia
https://rimbundahan.org/arts/resident-artists/

Supported by Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
http://rkfineart.com/