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A Field Guide to Getting Lost in the Southern Universe

This project aims to create a fictional Field Guide in the form of radio drama by integrating writings of western explorers in the 19th and early 20th century who “discovered” colonies, science fiction texts (e.g., radio drama The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), first-person writings such as travelogues or reports, and particular economic landscapes during the colonial periods of Taiwan and Malaya. Aside from reading literature and images, study groups, interviews, audio tours, and three international online seminars organized by curator Alice KO Nien-pu, this project will provide the philosophy of ecology case studies relevant to the research themes. Four podcast episodes of interviews and the Field Guide will be broadcasted during the residency at C-LAB. (Keywords: Southeast Asia, Ecocolonialisation, Plantation, Opium, Harbour, Sandbox)


2022.05.02(MON) 2022.10.31(MON)

Rikey Tenn, WU Chi-Yu and Alice KO Nien-pu w/ Zhou Hau Liew

Rikey Tenn is the chief editor and initiator of an online art platform No Man’s Land and the Nusantara Archive Project. He was the nominator for the Taishin Arts Award (2018–2019). His art-related writing can be found on ARTalk (Taishin Arts Foundation) and ARTouch online. His most recent project, Twinning Archipelago: 2021 Nusantara Archive Virtual A-I-R Program, is supported by The Cultural Taiwan Foundation.

Wu Chi-Yu focuses on re-establishing the connections among humans, things, animals, and the ruined world left by technic capitalism. His practice revolves around the moving image, looking for contemporary narratives in lost memory through the reproducing of oral history and myths. Solo exhibitions: Atlas of the Closed Worlds (TheCube Project Space, 2021); 91 Square Meters of Time (TKG+ Project, 2017). Group exhibitions and screenings: Liquid Love (MoCA Taipei, 2020); 12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress (Power Station of Art, Shanghai 2018), Crush (Para Site, 2018), EXiS Festival (Seoul, 2017), Arkipel Festival (Jakarta, 2016), Taipei Biennial (2016). His word have been awarded and presented at Beijing International Short Film Festival (2017).

Alice, Nien-Pu Ko is s a curator and researcher. She is currently a curator-in-residence at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. At Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, where she has co-curated and curated exhibition projects including Tony Oursler: Black Box (2021), SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2019) and curated Tomb of the Soul, Temple, Machine and Self (2018). Previously, she was the resident curator and curated Flags, Transnational – Migrants, and Outlaw Territories (2016) at Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan. Her curatorial practices have been presented at The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, ICAS (2019), Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture (2013), and among others.

The project's collaborative researcher, Zhou Hau Liew, is an incoming Assistant Professor at the International Phd Program for Taiwan and Transcultural Studies at National Chung Hsing University. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and was previously the recipient of a Taiwan Fellowship at National Taiwan University (2021), and postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University (2018-19). His research and non-fiction writings on Sinophone migration and the Asian Cold War have appeared in journals such as Critical Asian Studies, PRATA Journal, The Margins by Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and Mekong Review.