2022 (wip)

Rehearsal for Encountering looks into the history when groups of Asian indentured laborers were brought to the plantations in the Caribbean where they labored and shared life with enslaved people from Africa in the mid-19th century. The work takes shape in the form of multimedia installation which includes differently scaled moving images and a combination of transitive materials such as fermented rice, sugarcane, soybean, live soybean plants, polaroid pictures, and moldy printed matters, etc. The fermented food and live plant are living dependently through a connected pipe system. Meanwhile, I create architectural arrangement of spaces and structure that host the materials and choreograph audience’s occupation and sharing of the installation space.

By introducing various forms of temporality and movement, I attempt to work against the static pastness of history and further examine the structuring absences and disavowals that elude registration within histories. 

Both videos in the installation are structured non-linearly. The sound and image create a bodily viewing experience that gestures toward acts of teetering in-between. The speculative alternatives I proposed through my work invite people to gather, study, and imagine in a space where the unstable states and the porousness of bodily boundaries are highlighted. They exemplify the practice of becoming, in which meaning can arise only through perpetual movement and operates through tactile and spacial experience.

Link to full video:
Rehearsal For Encountering
Twigs Snapping Between Our Bodies

This project was funded in part by SMFA Montague Travel Fund(2021) and SMFA Dean’s Research Award.

Installation view at Tufts University Art Gallery, MA (2022)

Stills from the film played on the TV monitor - Rehearsal For Encountering

Stills From the video projected on the fabric - Twigs Snapping Between Our Bodies

Script for the film Rehearsal For Encountering