Some notes after Project Glocal TPE
Since the protest has happened on March 18th in Taipei during the Project Glocal, somehow I felt twisted and confused, because comparing to what people were apparently suffered from in the situation, what I did was an art project instead of the protest at Legislative Yuan. So weird and ridicules. Anyway, it was indeed a unstable but unforgettable memory to me.
My collaborator is the Malaysian artist, Fairuz Sulaiman, he is very talented, creative and funny. The way he showed his works is so alive and interesting. He was known by his live performance in Malaysia as well. As the sound designer, I prefer letting the “sound” speak out instead of talking something by myself.
Moreover, sometimes I’m very serious. So, it might a little bit boring to Fairuz sometimes. Especially two strangers came from different countries, backgrounds with different characters, and had the task to build up the “work” from zero… We only had less than 1 mouth to work together. It’s very difficult for both of us (at least for me). Hence, here's the problem: how we work with each other?
The first challenge is the language which we used to communicate with each other. There’s a gap between two strangers, for we had to speak English to talk to each other, and the language we used to speak is Malaysian / Mandarin. All the creativity and thinking had to be “transferred” again and again, with high speed, in the chaos.
To speak frankly, I almost gave up communicating with him, because I felt lost in so much talking and vocabularies. I was not sure of what and how I should respond, and what is the right feedback. With the presentation approaching, we were getting more and more sensitive than usual, and it's more and more difficult to balance. But the most interesting part was, I was pushed to talk a lot, to respond and feedback, trying to keep the process going on. I think that is what Dayang mentioned about the “double exposures”. Because Fairuz and I didn’t know each other, but we wished to find a way to connect, it’s necessary for us to build up a unique way to talk, even we just chatted about our lived, jokes and bullied each other, which all helped us to increase our mutual trust and understanding.
Before the final presentation, Dayang shared with me how she thought about the collaboration, and when I looked back now, yap she was right, it’s just like playing LEGO, all the feelings, good things and bad things, it would lead us to some place eventually. As long as we went through the most difficult part, the unknown began.
For what happens in Taiwan right now plus my experience of Glocal Project, I think it enforces me to realize the importance and necessity of “Equal Dialogue”. We have to be very open to any possibility, put our egos aside, respect and trust each other, so that we could create the space where we can talk whatever we want to talk. Be honest to each other about our capability and incapability. Once we made it, it would be a chance for both of us to get closer to something together, instead of fighting or reaching the deadlock.
I has been wondering if I didn’t work with Fairuz, or if we had worked longer, could we make it better? Would it become an irreconcilable conflict in the end? I’m not sure about that; we didn’t know what will happen, because it’s all by chance.
It is said, “all the people we had met in the world, we will eventually meet again, even after a long-long time.”
Thanks to the Project Gocal TPE. Thanks to Dayang, Rikey, Feng Hsin and Magan, and specially thanks to my collaborator, Fairuz, it’s a very precious and wonderful experience for me to work with you.
Let’s Marching Forward! We’ll meet again someday. :)
而當持續對話的這第一階段任務達成後，接下來或許就是影響並形塑最後共同創作樣貌的關鍵階段；創作者彼此如何在雙重曝險(double exposures , 策展人Dayang Yraola所提出之概念術語)之下，與夥伴建立獨特的對話(工作)模式。這在反思當下的台灣現況與Project Glocal的合作過程，我更有感於"持續平等對話"的真諦與重要性；
人世間的相遇都是久別重逢，我非常感謝這次的參與，讓許多人的生命短暫的重疊交會，並各自帶著不同的收穫，繼續前進。Marching Forward ！