Performance– Luminous Shadow

Year 2020, come April, I will be part of a conceptual performance in Taipei, “Luminous Shadow 浮光流影” with two other artists. A new experience, still much to prepare. https://npac-ntch.org/zh/festivals/TIFA/2020/events/program/details/13

2020 TIFA Luminous Shadow / 王佩瑤「浮光流影」音樂會

Memories Flowing from the Novel, Turning Time into A Sonata.
Memory can be luminous so as to cast shadows in time. Certain memories in life are so profound that they need to be slowly brewed and carefully tasted, similar to the process how literature is penned, music is composed, or photography is developed.

Inspired by the bestselling novel The Stolen Bicycle written by WU Ming-yi, pianist WANG Pei-yao seeks to explore a new dimension of literature and music through the complexity of life itself. Musicians WANG Pei-yao, William Wei, laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, and Victor Coo, the Filipino-Chinese cellist, perform pieces by the Eastern European composers Janáček, Ligeti, Enescu, and Kodály. Some of the pieces were based on rural folk songs collected by the composers, which then inspired them to produce compositions of their own. This process is akin to the way readers experience different dialects phonically throughout the novel. The music reflects the elaborate setup of the novel to evoke the audience’s deep hidden emotions. Jeffrey Lim, the Malaysian photographer, joins forces with the musical troupe in performance. He will transfigure the music into images for recollection, thereby allowing the stories to live on in the memory.

記憶自小說流出, 把時間走成一首樂曲。



Reflection– on self

Artist’s Reflection– When Kanta Box Kamra (2014) & KANTA portraits (2017) project started out searching for concepts of identity, little was known of the outcome or the expectations of what will be found. Many of the processes and methodology were developed organically from the experiences and circumstances. The journey has been very revealing and challenging; physically, mentally and spiritually. Being in both local and foreign countries, understanding the social construct of how states project and form social strata, leading to which are the circumstances we are found in and responding to.

Indigenous groups and tribespeople have always been living in-between or at the crossroads between their existence and the ‘known world’. Identity therefore becomes the need to define, to be ‘known’, and to a certain extent, to conform, assimilate, integrate or be restricted and contained. Building archetypes as references to a structure of the human condition, the known world we live in has disabled and enabled the way we define and identify ourselves, either from our inherent past, genealogy, geospatial, polities. Understanding their predicament, is in a way to see our past and foresee a future.

Experiencing these conditions and circumstances from the studies and field trips, I have developed my thinking and understanding on the subject of identity. At this moment, I am still researching and reflecting. With time, I hope to either produce artworks or a publication on the experiences. (Taken from Cendana final Milestone report May 2019. edited).


Film Screening & Presentation– KMTX NML in Penang

Film Premier of Kanta Portraits collaboration with Taiwan. I’ll be here with Posak Jodian and organiser 數位荒原駐站暨群島資料庫 NML Residency & Nusantara Archive and OCAC 打開-當代藝術工作站.

Nusantara Archive in Penang: “Lakec – Storyteller and Very Simple River” Screening & Thematic Publication Launch– “Nusantara Archive in Penang” is a combined event of the special screening of Posak Jodian’s latest documentary on Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia and the launch of the thematic publication by the Nusantara Archive. This event will be held at Ruang Kongsi, an independent space based in Penang run by local cultural practitioners. Previously, a series of contemporary video works screening event – “Petamu Project” was organised and held at the Rumah Attap Library and the Collective during the Kuala Lumpur Urbanscape Festival in July 2018, featuring works by both Malaysian and Taiwanese artists of the Nusantara Archive. This upcoming event, “Nusantara Archive in Penang” on 15 December is an extension from such collaborative effort, while responding to the multi-cultural dimension of the Penang-Taiwan through the artistic works of moving images and thematic publication since the curatorial program of “Hari Ini Dalam Serjarah” during the DA+C Festival in Penang in 2015. Local artists, Hoo Fan Chon and Okui Lala who were involved in projects organised by the Nusantara Archive will host the after-screening discussion on 15 December.



FIELD TRIP– Penang Island

I’m in Penang for the premier of a film by Posak Jodian, on our Kanta Portraits Taiwan Malaysia Exchange. Happening this Sunday. Hugging the coast heading up the peninsular. Coconut plantation, rice fields, palm oil, agrarian nation.


IN THE FIELD– Benshankeng Trail

崩山坑古道-泰平到柑腳 Bengshankeng Ancient Trail– We made a hike up an ancient trail, exploring part of Taiwan's landscape and narrative behind these trails, making some exposures along the way. It was not the best weather but I managed to make six exposures. The wetness of the surrounding threw light in the undergrowth everywhere and the contrast was hard to control. Everybody had a chance to click the shutter button. I will need to return to keep exploring and make more exposures soon.


FILM release– Identity

One of a few interviews I gave this year where I started expressing my thoughts and reflection after a lengthy research project that has come to an end. Glimpse into my field work with Kanta Portraits. Thanks to the production team, and especially Dave and Diaman for sharing their life with me.


Performance meet up Taipei– TIFA

Since April, Pei-Yao and I started talking about this collaboration. In the beginning, she was very inspired from the novel “The Stolen Bicycle” and how my work and life story closely resembled a character in the book. We met in Singapore and had many more exchanges which then resulted in me being part of this performance.

Here meeting with the production team for the first time, presenting my work, showcasing some of the cameras and later running some preliminary test in the hall. It is going to be the biggest production I have ever participated in. Ten cameras positioned all over the hall, and printing over 500 prints from the performance. It's going to be an exciting challenge!



TALK– Camera– RexKL

Part of a camera event with Buku Tiga Lima, a short talk on the function of the camera and demonstration.