Longing and Belonging in Java (JFKL Newsletter)

My project, titled Longing and Belonging, is primarily interested in understanding the relationship between people and railway heritage in contemporary Southeast Asia and Japan. Between December 2019 and February 2020, I was based in Java, Indonesia. This is a brief report written for the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Newsletter 'Teman Baru' Issue 112, July - …

The Grand Machine

The machine has started working again. Gears grinding, wheels turning. Steel biting into concrete, into earth. Men with burnt skin carry heavy loads on their backs, only slightly lighter than the burden in their own hearts. Giant cranes stand tall near and far, swinging their necks from side to side. This grand machine turns fresh …

Living with tsunami

Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum is part of the larger Takatamatsubara Memorial Park for Tsunami Disaster. The park was created together by the national government and local governments of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefecture, to 'pass down the memories and lessons learned to the next generation' and to provide as place for 'memorial and reflection on …

Mapping Java

A participatory workshop on mapping physical and cultural connectivity across Java. Description Chu chu cha cha chu..., a train carries many things as it moves across the land; people, cargo, ambitions, ideas, cultures, and histories. The space within a train is experienced as both public and private at the same time, a meeting point for …

Alternate Realities

Text from my brief presentation at a Virtual Reality (VR) Masterclass at the inaugural Taylor's University Film Festival (TUFF) 20 November 2019. Many thanks to Taylor's University and Ministry XR for the invite. ***** Sunday morning cartoons. Do you remember sitting in front of the tv while having breakfast? Do you also remember your mother …