2019-12-15

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.

「《群島資料庫》專題手冊發表」與「《渡河—說故事的人與太簡單的河》影像發表計劃」,皆延伸自2017年初開始的「《數位荒原》駐站暨群島資料庫」計劃。去年11月,我們在吉隆坡Urbanscape藝術節期間,於中山大樓的亞達屋84號圖書館合作「邊境旅行」微型影展,介紹參與過計劃的馬來西亞與臺灣藝術家錄像。今年我們再度將計劃延伸到喬治城的「共思社」藝文空間發表最新的《群島資料庫》手冊。這不但是去年和吉隆坡獨立空間合作後再次與馬來西亞獨立空間交流,也是在2015年DA+C藝術節合作的《歷史上的今天》展覽以後,臺灣藝術家再度以通過影像的合作思考島嶼交流的多元文化維度。另外,這次活動也將邀請曾參與過《群島資料庫》的臺灣與檳城藝術工作者出席,以期深度連結兩地的共享歷史與未來。












2019-12-13

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.






2019-12-04

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.

2019-10-04

2019-07-28

Reflections– Posak Jodian

Palm Trees, Helicopters, the Boulder, and the Storyteller 棕櫚樹、直升機、大石頭,和說故事的人 http://www.heath.tw/nml-article/palm-trees-helicopters-the-boulder-and-the-storyteller/



數位荒原駐站暨群島資料庫 NML Residency & Nusantara Archive 28 July 2019
「我為他說了馬太鞍部落的起源故事;首先來了大洪水,兩姐弟坐上小船逃難,經歷數次遷徒,才來到現在馬太鞍的老部落。我告訴他這是我們的起源,我們沒有比這個更早的故事了。Atok Long笑著對我說:『我聽完你的故事,現在我要告訴你全部的故事,在你的故事發生以前的故事。然後你的故事就會變完整!』於是我們花一個下午待在他的房子裡,他緩慢地告訴我,他們的世界怎樣被創造出來,身旁的青年不時加入討論或翻譯。他的故事結尾,正好接在我的故事開頭。」(Posak Jodian)

數位荒原駐站暨群島資料庫 NML Residency & Nusantara Archive 合作研究員 Posak Jodian 年初與馬來西亞藝術家 Jeffrey J C Lim 進入半島四處部落進行紀錄片拍攝交流,並完成隨紀錄片書寫的文章〈棕櫚樹、直升機、大石頭,和說故事的人〉。作為導演,她發現,受到殖民及強勢語族入侵的影響,過去沒有文字而僅以口述記錄歷史的原住民,總是感受到「寫下來」的急迫性。無論是說故事,地理或邊界的認定,口述傳統本身包含關於對象的討論空間,以及隨不同口述時空而增減的創造性。但當這樣的文化特性遇到如今要求書寫的準確和對文本的執迷時,又要如何折衝呢?*Special thanks to Colin Nicholas & Center for Orang Asli Concern, Koong Hui Yein, Jeffrey Lim , 半路咖啡.

2019-05-31

Cendana Milstone Report 2

The funding from Cendana was mainly used in a supporting role, covering extra expenses and material costs. The project has sought support from main partners during the expeditions abroad, i.e Taiwan and Japan. During the Malaysian leg, in partnership with art bodies from Taiwan, the fund played a bigger role in enabling the project to go further in terms of locations and duration.

The funding programme has contributed much to the development of new techniques in print-making and camera-building. It has also enabled the artist to explore different mediums and formats, widening the experience and understanding. In terms of personal development, this programme has given the artist new outlooks and perspectives, to explore new ideas and concepts in future works.


2019-05-29

Presentation– 在遷徙 (urban nomad) 與渡河 (Lakec) 之間

群島資料庫#13: Posak Jodian—在遷徙(urban nomad)與渡河(Lakec)之間

《KANTA Portraits 馬來西亞-台灣交流計劃:跨越邊界 – 一個尋找自己的過程》(KMTX 2019 Beyond Borders– a search for self) 探索南島語系原住民的身份、文化、信仰與傳統生活型態,以及在現行國家體制下的曖昧狀態與難以迴避的衝突與爭議。
藝術家 Jeffrey Lim(林猶進)與Posak Jodian進入到台灣、馬來西亞多個原住民聚落,以肖像攝影與紀錄片、聲音採集等不同媒介,一點一點地去行走河流和土地,訪談部落耆老與青年的口述故事、神話與歌謠,試著建構一種台-馬之間原住民文化下互為主體的對話空間,映射出原住民文化在今日的特殊處境與可能性。

明天晚上,我在在地實驗會有一場講座,將會分享今年四月我用一個月的時間走訪馬來半島上的幾個原住民部落,它是關於旅程中的觀察與反射,關於我們怎麼相互映照彼此的處境,也是關於我與另一位一起合作的藝術家 Jeffrey J C Lim 怎麼互相觀看對方。
好了,不要再問我去馬來西亞一個月覺得怎麼樣...這樣豐富的旅程我怎麼可能用三言兩語就講光光,你應該至少要花點時間聽我説啊!

官網活動頁面 http://www.heath.tw/nml-announcement/nusantara-archive-13-posak-jodian-in-between-urban-nomad-and-lakec/



簡介– 「『我覺得聽不夠。然後呢?我想知道得更多,我想知道未來會發生什麼?』他聽完我分享來自台灣的原住民現況與故事以後,拉著Jeffery,用馬來文表示他想知道更多,因為他覺得那可能是他們的未來…」

《KANTA Portraits馬來西亞—台灣交流計劃》(KMTX 2019)是延伸自去年我與馬來西亞藝術家林猶進(Jeffrey Lim)合作的計劃。我以自身的台灣原住民的文化經驗、處境為鏡,映射出彼此被納入異族殖民與拓墾的歷程與交會。在每段旅程中,綿延不斷的棕櫚樹林總是無止盡地在公路兩旁展開,這樣帶有熱帶風情卻又廣泛栽種的人造風景佔據了我們的視野;在穿越棕櫚樹林之後才到達半島原住民(Orang Asli)的部落。這次我們造訪了上霹靂州庫內村(Kampung Cunex)的Temiar部落、雪蘭莪州Lanjan山旁特姆村(Desa Temuan)的Temuan族人、彭亨州雲彬Jemeri村的耶坤族,以及在加厘島(Carey)布本村的瑪美里族(Mah Meri tribe),探究在不同的兩國體系經歷各自不同的殖民歷史、棲地開發後,原屬於南島語言系統的不同語族—甚或「原住民族」身份—被置入不同統治位階的原民族群之間,如何透過部落耆老與青年的訪談,描繪出一個在流浪遷徙與渡河歸鄉之間的可塑性空間,進而質問:它可不可以成為一個跨越國家的、相互「再生/產」的起點?(Posak)

講者– Posak Jodian,生活於台北的阿美族人。Posak是名字,Jodian是父親之名。Posak有著民族語言學與傳播學背景,並主要以紀錄片作為方法,及自身的族群身份為起點,透過長期的田野研究關注部落的傳統領域形塑,以及離鄉原住民的都市生活;亦同時參與於各群眾運動的場景以及青年在城市縫隙間的各種行動可能,持續拍攝「從直走到半路咖啡的社會實踐」紀錄片的影像素材。試著透過族群與文化行動作為支點,拉開身份與認同的邊界。Posak作品〈自畫像〉曾發表於花蓮文化創意產業園區、〈Bai的故事〉原住民族電視台(2011),能勝興工廠國際藝術村《Flames on the water》(2016), 亦是半路咖啡及海筆子tent16-18成員之一。

Event page http://www.heath.tw/nml-announcement/nusantara-archive-13-posak-jodian-in-between-urban-nomad-and-lakec/?lang=en

Description– “I haven’t heard enough. What else? I want to know more, I want to know more about the future.” This was told to us by an Orang Asli after my sharing on the story of Taiwanese Indigenous People at Kampung Cunex. He was talking to Jeffrey in Bahasa Malaysia, saying that he wanted to hear more of our story, imagining that could be their story in the future as well.

KANTA Portraits Malaysia –Taiwan Exchange 2019 is based in the collaboration between Malaysian artist Jeffrey Lim and the indigenous director Posak Jodian in PETAMU Project last year. Being treated and experienced exceptionally as Pangcah identity, Posak reflected on the processes of colonization in Taiwanese and Malaysian indigenous tribes. On the roads to their destinations of different tribes of the Malay Peninsula, they saw endless shadows of palms from the window until the reached the tribes of Orang Asli – the oldest inhabitants on this land…

Speaker– Posak Jodian, an Amis (corrected Pangcah) who lives in Taipei. Posak is the given name and Jodian is the father’s name. Posak has a background in Ethnolinguistics and Communication studies. She mainly uses documentary as a method, and observes the traditional field formulation of tribe and the urban life of the indigenous people who left their hometown through long-term field research based on her ethnic identity. Meanwhile, she participates in the scenes of various mass movements, and the various actions of young people in between the gaps of cities. Continue to work on the documentary “Social Practice from Straight to Halfway Cafe”. Trying to use the ethnic and cultural actions as a fulcrum to open the boundaries between identity and recognition. Her work was published at several places, “Self-portrait” (2008) at Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park, “Story of Bai” (2010) at Taiwan Indigenous Television, Flames on the water (2016) at N-Factory AIR. She is also a member of Halfway Cafe and Haibizi Tent 16-18.




2019-05-04

PRESENTATION: Beyond Borders– a search for self

Kanta Portraits Malaysia Taiwan Exchange (KMTX) at Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies (CMIS), 4th May 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm. A presentation and reflection from the field trips done in Taiwan and Malaysia by visiting indigenous media artist Posak Jodian of the Pangcah tribe, Taiwan and Jeffrey Lim, a local KL-lite photography artist who started a project exploring the concepts of identity. Between April to May 2019, they have been on study trips to four indigenous communities on the Peninsular, understanding and documenting the social and cultural affinity between the communities of both countries.

Both artists will be presenting a preview of their work in the forms of portrait prints, and clips from audio & video recordings. The first film essay “Lakec” from the Taiwan collaboration will also be available for viewing. A selection of maps and studies including literature, the cameras and artworks from previous exhibition in Taipei will also be on exhibit.

Programme
– Slide presentation introducing the project & collaboration
– reflections of the communities visited in Malaysia
– clips of audio & visual recordings, artistic expression & methodology
– Q & A session and demonstration of portrait session

Co-organiser / 共同主辦單位
1. 打開-當代藝術工作站 / Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC)
2. 《數位荒原》駐站暨群島資料庫計劃 / NML Residency & Nusantara Archive Project
3. Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) (馬來西亞半島原住民關懷中心)
Sponsor / 贊助單位
1. 國家文化藝術基金會,臺灣 / National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF), Taiwan
2. 財團法人原住民族文化事業基金會 / Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation
3. Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), Malaysia (馬來西亞文化經濟發展機構)

https://web.facebook.com/events/572635746567086/








2019-04-30

PRESENTATION & SCREENING: 兩則鄉關何處:台馬原住民紀錄片播映及分享會

In collaboration with Rumah Attap Library & Collective 亞答屋84號圖書館 and Into The Wild Borneo 走进婆罗洲, Kanta Portraits together with Posak Jodian will be giving a short presentation and a screening of the short film essay “LAKEC”.

Kanta Malaysia Taiwan Exchange (KMTX) at Rumah Attap Library, 4th May 2019, 7.30pm
https://web.facebook.com/events/2428329200743813/


2019-04-29

The State and Tribespeople

Cunex Village of the Temiar tribe, robbed and lives destroyed (Upper Perak). They are protecting what is last of their ancestral land and the most sacred site to what would be the story to the beginning of us in this world. Here is the log pile and ‘kongsi’ (loggers quarters), waiting for extraction from their ancestral land. Irreversible, life destroyed and cultural genocide continues. Sacred sites, graves, their food source, their medicine, their spirituality, their life as it disappears. Today loggers forced their way through the blockade set up by the indigenous village as their last stand. The logging continues, no where else left to run, or hide, they stand to fight but alone, as the silence of this continues to feed the development that we on the outside world remain ignorant to. Failing to see our silence is the undoing of our connection to earth. 

2019-03-28

Contribution

Contribution from the sale of commission work to National Art Gallery, which featured around 80+ portraits went to the purchase of Solar Lights for the Indigenous community. Thank you Gerai OA for the management of this.

Sumbangan dari jualan karya 80+ gambar potret yang ditauliahkan oleh Balai Seni Negara disalurkan kepada pembelian lampu solar untuk komuniti orang asli. Terima kasih Gerai OA bagi pengurusan ini.




Gerai OA 28 March 2019
And we’re back from P. Carey, Selangor! It was another hot, hot day as the Mah Meri confirmed it barely rained in their village over the past month. And such hot & dry weather made pandanus weaving too taxing as the pandanus strips became too brittle. Hence, we only picked up half a bag of assorted crafts!

The only good use for such sunny days is charging solar lamps like this one donated to Gendoi Pe’ah (70s) of the Sg Mata hamlet. This mini unit (seen at bottom left) is useful for elders who only need to light up their small homes. Each cost RM65 though via our matching grants scheme, artisans only pay an affordable RM30 to replace their kerosene lamps. However this particular unit was sponsored in full by Kanta Portraits, via sales of their commissioned work. Thanks for the gift of light!

2019-03-23

Camera #9FieldGraphic– rebuild & modification

Say hello to camera build #9fieldgraphic. I have acquired a new 'old' camera #4x5 #Graflex #CrownGraphic made in 1963 according to the serial number. It was initially designed as a hand-held press camera, relatively cheap on the used market and so many were made. This one was a beat-up old camera which I have made extensive modifications to convert it into a #fieldcamera. Full movements on the front and vertical/portrait format since I mainly only do portraiture. I'm quite proud of my handiwork! And will be starting to do some trials soon. Took me two weeks to rebuild, about a month of thinking and sketching

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1963 Graflex Crown Graphic rebuild and modification. 1 package arrives from Japan. 2 The camera has a fixed landscape format on the rear, to make a portrait shot it requires the camera to be rotated (front standard movements would be very limited). 3 removed rear format plate 4 cut and position 5 glue back into frame 6 make a rear frame to fit 7 cut rear standard/ mount to fit 8 screw on new frame and standard 9 spray paint matt black (wax water proof treatment, pic not taken) 10 fit felt cloth to fix light leaks 11 front standard has limiting movement 12 some modification to achieve front low tilt 13 grinding away the rail to achieve swing 14 grinding, acquired an angle grinder, it's my new favourite tool.

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