Tofu Megalith, 2021
3D models, photogrammetry, virtual installation.
Situated in a liminal place, the seemingly prehistoric megalith of tofu enfolds the unfathomable past and the elusive future. In thinking of the origin of tofu and the history of migration, Tofu Megalith generates a monumental third space to contemplate the mutability of things and subvert the centricity of self. This project is an expansion of his performance piece Tauhu (2020) that recounts his distant childhood memory of growing up at a tofu factory owned by his relatives in Malaysia.
Tauhu, 2020, 4K Ultra HD single-channel video, duration 6 minutes 50 seconds. Performance.
William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi, History of Soybeans and Soyfoods in Southeast Asia (13th Century to 2010): Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook (Lafayette, CA: Soyinfo Center, 2010), http://www.soyinfocenter.com/pdf/139/AsSe.pdf.
Virginia Matheson Hooker, A Short History of Malaysia: Linking East and West, Short History of Asia series (Crows Nest, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin, 2003).
Philip S. Rawson, The Art of Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Java, Bali, World of Art (New York, N.Y: Thames and Hudson, 1990).