2nd leg– Taiwan with OCAC

2nd leg into Taiwan Art Residency and Kanta Portraits expedition with OCAC 打開-當代藝術工作站 (July 2018). Heading to Eastern coastal region. I missed Lanyu (Orchid Island) during the 1st leg, but this trip it will be the first objective. Austronesian– Western Malayo Polynesian, direct links to the entire region's nautical communities. Other cities and native communities, Taitung, Hualien, Xindian. Collaborating with local native artist Posak, docu-filmmaker. Hopefully be able to research more at #TIPRC the resource center in Taipei too. Will be attempting to do some filming too in addition to audio recording.

4 areas of visit

Lanyu– southern island


#1interchange– changing outer shell, upgrades

(1) #1interchange camera, gets a new outer shell. The old one, about 5 years old, has seen its days. Doing some upgrades in the new one, but no time to develop a new version just yet. Be travelling for next few months and need it to work consistently. More pics soon if I can manage

(2) Making of the front standard. Deciding which coins to use, #amulets; Taiwan, Brasil, Malaysia & Australia where I hope to bring this project in the far future. I would love to use China, Indonesia, Philippines too, but I don't have those currency nor have I visited those countries yet (China yes).

(3) Hello new shell #1interchange and a few upgrades. Hopefully it will last another 5 years. I should build a newer version, but no time to develop. Maybe next year.

(1) left new, right old
(1) rusting through
(2) Amulets Installed
(2) clockwise brasil, australia, malaysia, taiwan
(2) folded inside
(2) cutout shape
(2) cutting sheet steel
(3) New outer shell with a few upgrades
(3) Inner coating pvc glue
(3) to draw a circle....


#8intrepid– repair & upgrade

#8intrepid camera, gets an upgrade. Removable bellows to expand the functionality of this camera (explain more when I get around to that). Rotated the bellows since it's off-centred to better zero down the camera. Change one of the baseboard screw mounts to an E-nut, the current ones were coming out.

*NOTE; after closely inspecting the standards, the ply are quite warped, probably due to the heat and high humidity of the tropics and exposure to the environment here. I'll need to give it a good coating. Any suggestions?

rear standard

added wooden framing
detail, before painting


Repair, materials

(1) Currently working on the tripod central column base, which is loose. Manfrotto 055proxb post 2015 model, is pretty bad design flaw. No wonder they changed a few years after. Many other user online having similar issues. Sawed off to get the available tool wrench to tighten base. No time to do the manfrotto service rubbish here. Leave for Taiwan in a week.

(2) #8intrepid 8x10 film back is not very well made. The ply is not the best material when routed so thin. It's very weak at the joints. Both film back had the corners easily coming off. Structurally it's not sound. Repair made to the last of the 2. I did extensive repair work on the first previously. Ply also warped quite badly.

(3) Delivery of photo paper, it's RM 261 (±NT 1,960) which is almost half the price than what I can get in Taiwan. Thanks Shriro for the support. Can only afford 100 sheets (box) for now.


Wutai portraits Exhibition

Luc (Dubbing PHOTO - 左偏影像) will be putting up an exhibition of the works we did in Wutai. 雙展覽| KANTA portraits 霧臺 - 自語 /___ 城市淨灘 - 踏拾. The first photo expedition for Kanta Portraits into Taiwan. People of Taiwan, be sure to catch it.

| KANTA portraits 霧臺 - 自語
來自馬來西亞Jeffrey J C Lim (林猷進)和臺灣的 Selv Grass(陳姿華)於今年五月底回到姿華的故鄉,位於屏東霧台鄉的魯凱部落,執行 KANTA portraits計畫及家庭連結的訪談,過程中除了使用自製相機拍攝影像外,關於每一個遇到的家人和訪談中的故事開始拼湊串聯,故事以外的語句開始積累,各種關於生活方式、身分認同的思索和疑問,在影像之外緩緩流動顯像。
< With Support from Studio94 / 玉溪有容教育基金會 the thermos foundation >
| 城市淨灘 - 踏拾
June Lee於今年開始執行的【城市淨灘.公園曬像】行動,踏訪了藝術家自己生活的社區環境,並透過地區導覽在影像背後堆疊著瞭解和認識,本次展呈並非成果式的發表,而是將撿拾的步行移動之間,思緒的串流和環境意識的感受予以階段式的表現。透過『 踏拾 』的呈現,整理接下來的城市淨灘活動,並持續思考環境和影像交匯的可能。
展覽時間:13am - 17pm / 周二至周日
6.16 - 6. 30 ( 6.23 - 6.30 採預約參觀 )
░ 6.23 - 6.30 採【預約】參觀,請提前詢問確認參觀時段。
展出地點: 囗囗 空場 Polymer

#KANTA #Wutai #portraits #identity #Taiwan #Malaysia #霧台 #城市淨灘 #藍曬 #台灣

exhibition booklet


Closing 1st leg Residency

Bye Taiwan, I'll see you again soon, I left some parts of my heart behind.

Bye Taiwan, Thank you Studio 94 (top right area)

team wutai


Projections– Reliefs and figurines

Some of the reliefs and figurines found throughout the village, nearly every expose bare wall would have a representation. Mostly done by both sons of Samelenge and the late Legend of Wutai.

relief and painting, hunters returning with the catch

modernist portrayal of women

school wall

ritual dancing- Rukai Cultural Museum

random house, drink

painting of traditional housing

simplistic portrait painting

portrait painting

portrait painting


Presentation– Brief Expedition Summary

#KantaTaiwan TALK/ Brief Project Summary— 5th June Garden91草山玉溪 / Studio94 玉溪有容教育基金會 The Thermos Foundation 1st leg study trip to Wutai, Pingtung in collaboration with Luc Chen, Dubbing PHOTO - 左偏影像. Presented our preliminary research findings, reflections and collaboration. Sharing our exchange & self-development. Selected Portraits and audio recordings on exhibit, with supporting pictures and writeup (one-night only). Open darkroom demonstration after #KantaPortraits #BeyondBorders #EdgesofMalaysia #Studio94tw thank you project manager Hsiao-Ting Tsai.

Hsia-Ting giving an introduction

Brief Project Summary
Prints on exhibit

Prints with supporting pictures, reading & QR code for audio

other prints on exhibit

main exhibition, demonstration

darkroom technique demonstration


Taipei Travelogue– Post-expedition

#KantaTaiwan Last few days in Taipei, usually spent printing portraits for archival, in between meetings and after work dinner at night, coming down from the mountain.

  1. my mobile darkbox makes a great portable darkroom
  2. hang dry area for prints & repair station too
  3. washing out some prints today, experimenting with some new techniques, due to limitation of equipment & resources. Keep it simple, natural light and efficient process. Prints for coming Tuesday exhibit, Selv Grass archiving and wutai's collection
  4. met up with Eden Lee Eden to check out his camera build. looking great!
  5. 李伊蟬 dinner buddy after work, sometimes brings me on her scoot! thanks for the tour! #scoottaiwan
  6. Hsiao-Ting Tsai project manager, my usual after work dinner buddy, also my scoot buddy #scoottaiwan. thanks for bringing me out of the mountain
  7. hunt for the adidas kampung taiwan version. got myself a pair. thanks for finding it luc, we crossed the city to the west to find this.
  8. Off-subject, but my kinda shoes for rural work. Looking for uniquely Taiwanese made single mould shoes. Didas Taiwan version, takda saiz! :( Besok stok baru sampai. It's called 膠鞋 Chow Share (plastic shoes)
  9. other finds, traditional biscuits and cakes, and throw out briefcase from a chinese doctor, now makes good use to carry those multiple bubble tea
  10. ximen, thanks anne for taking me out for dinner after work too! beef noodle
  11. meeting up with Hoo FanChon Shih-tung Lo and fu kuen at Shuang Lian, after work dinner meet up, met zikri later that night
  12. Hello friends :) although short our meetup, but great to catch up and be under the same roof. Till we meet again somewhere... — with Zikri Rahman and Hoo FanChon.
  13. work meeting with luc... here in local beitou with tempura (which is not fried but boiled!)
  14. my usual public transport options, involves train and the bus
  15. sometimes i take the bicycle
  16. spent the only free day I have left at the library. #NTU National Taiwan University #tiprc Taiwan Indigenous People Resource Center, reading up on localised publication of Austronesian & Formosan history & links to the region. Social studies. Too much hypotheses to digest in one day, need further studies and reflection. I will be back #Studio94tw thank you for the art residency & support for the entire research trip
  17. 與馬來西亞藝術家林猶進(Jeffrey)造訪臺灣原住民族圖書資訊中心,他這次來台灣主要是拜訪屏東的魯凱族部落。期待他下一階段與OCAC 打開-當代藝術工作站藝術家合作,進行更多Kanta Portraits計劃的原民部落踏查,並完成新的合作創作! (With Malaysian artist Jeffrey visiting the Taiwanese Book of Aboriginal Information Center, he came to Taiwan mainly to visit the Rukai tribe in Pingtung. He is looking forward to the next stage of his cooperation with OCAC Open - Artistic Workstation Artists for more original Kanta Portraits plans and the completion of new collaborative creations.)
  18. Camera screen died very early during the residency, all the digital pictures were shot blindly. Time to retire camera, need replacement, what can be more tough than a tough camera? Journal Log Camera, Canon G7xii will just oxidise and evaporate in my hands, haha!
  19. Patrons of the Arts, thank you! 
To the people I've met during the residency, who made it possible and my stay pleasant, thank you. It is my first solo exhibition! My first overseas photo expedition, and my first discourse of the deeper meaning to my work with #KantaPortraits, many first, hopefully not the last, hope to see you again soon. Till we meet again, all the best :) #studio94tw

1. mobile darkroom

2. dry print & repair area

2. dry print area

3. washing prints

4. Eden tent camera

5. 李伊蟬 dinner buddy

6. Hsiao-Ting Tsai project manager

7. adidas kampung taiwan version

8. 膠鞋 Chow Share (plastic shoes)

9. other finds

10. ximen dinner with anne

11. Hoo FanChon, Shih-tung Lo and fu kuen

12. Zikri Rahman & Hoo FanChon

13. work meeting Luc

14.  my transport

15. bicycle, youbike

16. #tiprc Taiwan Indigenous People Resource Center

17. Meetup with Rikey, Chia-Lan (Nusantara)

18. Casualty, dead screen

19. Patrons of the Arts, thank you!