Duende (2014) - Video
A love letter between New York and Granada, Spain.
Featuring excerpts from
Ode to Walt Whitman by Federico García Lorca and Federico García Lorca's letters home from New York translated by Greg Simon and Steven F. White
Dario breve de un Depredador by Carmelo Sánchez Muros
Irresistible Forces by José de Diego
and Niña De Los Peines' Quisiera yo Renegar
Text read by James Stuart Garner, Carmelo Sánchez Muros and Marta Moreno Muñoz
With support from Tara Transitory, Marta Moreno Muñoz (Granada) and Adam Van Eeckhout (New York)
Produced in residence at The Unifiedfield, Granada, Spain
Special thanks to Huerta de San Vicente and Fundación Federico García Lorca
Chancre (2011) - Video
Chancre – a painless ulceration formed during the primary stage of syphilis. A transmission and transmutation of a memory couched in shame. This essay video is bookend with performance documentation from the re-enactment of Brother Cane in Chicago, 2011.
Featuring excerpts from The Writings of a Savage by Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Malay Magic (1900) by Walter William Skeat and T.S. Eliot's Fragment of an Agon (Sweeney Agonistes).
Text read by Judd Morrissey, Georgia Wall and Randy Sterling Hunter.
Camera work by Randy Sterling Hunter, Blake Heo, Joey Carr and Adam Van Eeckhout.
Aemaer (2010) - Video
In collaboration with Georgia Wall.
Featuring excerpts from Memoirs of the Life and Public Service of Sir Stamford Raffles by his widow, Lady Sophia Hull Raffles (b. May 5, 1786, London – d. December 12, 1858).
Special thanks to Kartik Zutshi and Lim Teck Siang.
Threshold (2009) - Video
World Premiere, 14th Pusan International Film Festival
Best Script, 1st Singapore Short Film Awards, The Substation, Singapore
In a dingy motel room that is as hot and clammy as the jungle painted on its walls, a sexual threesome has been arranged to take place. Except that the two men lying in wait are officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau, ready to apprehend their suspect, who is going to show up with crystal meth at any moment.
Staff Sergeant Boon is garrulous and relaxed; for him, this is a job just like any other. Inspector Anton, on the other hand, is preoccupied and tense, and is increasingly restless. As the wait for the suspect lengthens, it is apparent Anton has something infinitely more personal at stake.
In what appears to be a routine crackdown operation, which walls will come tumbling down, and what thresholds will be crossed? In the film’s tropical swelter, how does one ascertain that everything one sees is not a mirage from a fragmenting mind?
Sophia (2007) - Two-channel video installation
Featuring Mia Tiara Nurhidayah
With support from Lim Teck Siang and Lincoln Chia
Sophia was designed as a two-channel synced video installation in the structure of a palindrome, the version above is one of the two symmetrical channels.
This installation introduced the figure of Lady Sophia Hull Raffles (the wife of Sir Stamford Raffles) and that of the Pontianak (a female ghost from Malay folklore whose spirit resides within a banana tree). These two figures would subsequently be explored in separate essay videos - Lady Sophia Hull Raffles is featured in Aemaer (2010) and the Pontianak in Chancre (2012).
Autopsy (2008) - Video
A document of a conversation between the artist and his mother.
Special thanks to the Loo Family and Jan-Christoph Daniel.