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 - …

Daydreaming in the city

Questions and answers from an interview with an online and print magazine on my work in Kuala Lumpur. 1.     Have you always lived in KL? Actually no, I grew up by the beach in Kuantan, far away on the other side of the TItiwangsa Range. All though my schooling years, Kuala Lumpur was like a dream. …

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 …

Sustenance

Strive not to live with nature, but to be embrace our place within it. A recent assignment brought me to Kampung Pinggan Jaya, Kuching to look at the community ran gula apong industry. For Pak Mahli, work is a daily ritual of slipping into his yellow gum boots and strapping a can of burning mosquito …