riffing, bricolage, and survivance

once again, the advocate of survivance (rather than neo-traditionalism) chimes in, “what did you expect? do you think that borrowing from other musics makes us ‘fake indians’?” because indians are Continue Reading →

o tfon itira: the moon cave (update)

i’ve been working on the sound installation piece “o tfon itira” a bit more recently, making a trip back up to makota’ay to record inside the moon cave. the piece Continue Reading →

walking a “space of fifty steps” with rahic talif

>ironically, ciRahic’s project to recover the ability to read the ocean’s writing relies not upon natural materials, but on flip flops, the refuse of an industrial society that displaced an ‘amis understanding of the ocean as animate, vibrant, and life giving. nearly daily, ciRahic visits the ocean to observe and gather flip flops either discarded on the beach or elsewhere, which somehow come to rest on the beach. visiting sites along taiwan’s entire east coast, he stops when he has found a flip flop and begins to observe his surroundings, creating a narrative for what he has found. for example, the flip flop could be faded, showing the signs of a long journey; he may ask, how long did you float before you arrived here? do you miss your home? Continue Reading →

katiposan: a change in wind

nothing could prepare me for how sudden tipos, the north wind, arrived, screaming through the betel palms and rattling the steel garage doors and house windows. with the shift in Continue Reading →

memory and sticky matter (with apologies to jane bennett)

to what extent is memory contagious, sticky, and bound with the material qualities of particular media? how might installation art works on memory connect with ecocritical practice? these questions are Continue Reading →