PROJECTS > Made of Star-Stuff: Imagining Outsides at the Center of the World

We are all made of stars that exploded. The simple specs of celestial dust came together through complex processes to form individuals that are so diverse yet connected at the same time. This imagination of matters and materials can inspire the imagination of experiences, driving the ever-evolving imagination for time, space, and geography. Ties between seemingly unrelated peoples, places, and imaginations can thus be created.

Made of Star-Stuff is an evolving project investigating the diasporic identities in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Elsewhere. Launched in spring 2015, the project engages with asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers, Chinese brides, and new immigrants residing in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Narratives collected in the forms of texts, drawings, objects, and audio-video recordings are passed on to diverse individuals for further interpretation, forming “story-webs” built on shared and extended experiences.

No man is an island. Human bodies and humanity should not be limited by borders in any shape or form. This project attempts to reconsider the relationship between Here-There/ We-Other/ Inside-Outside within a pulsing world where imaginative and constructed geography both stretch and quail in dramatic measures. Through storytelling and participatory art practices, individual experiences intersect and reinforce, connecting disparate bodies across nations.

Installation work from this project can be viewed at Taipei Arts Awards and The Uncontainable Tales of a Paradise.

A Moonlight Flit
Single channel video (click to view)
10'14"
2016
Like Paradise
Single channel video (click to view)
15'17"
2015
The Dreams To Come: a prelude
Single channel video (click to view)
1'38"
2016
Village Boy
Juxtaposed drawings
Pommegranet
Juxtaposed drawings
Paradise
Juxtaposed drawings
Nymo
Juxtaposed drawings
Mother
Juxtaposed drawings
Palm Wine
Juxtaposed drawings
Merstham Surrey
Juxtaposed drawings