Extend the Hand of the Deities

Extend the Hand of the Deities
Indonesian Jamu and Molecular Gastronomy Workshop

Jamu is a traditional Indonesian herbal juice with centuries of history and thousands of variations. Originally developed as a traditional medicine for the imperial court, Jamu has since become an herbal juice for the people and it now showcases the different possible intersections between art, culture, and nature in our Cultural Life Exchanging Project of Indonesian and Filipino Communities in Taiwan. 

The Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC) is a Taiwanese art center that initiated the ThaiTai Project in 2012, launching a new, unique model for immigrant residency programs and art exchanges while also bridging art communities in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. OCAC first collaborated with Lifepatch, an Indonesian group, for 

CO- Temporary #2: Itu Aba Island in 2017 at Yogyakarta. The two art groups later converged at the 2019 Asian Art Biennial: The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and Sea, working together through a one-month residency to discuss, work, and co-create "Deposits of the Island." During the 2019 Asian Art Biennale, OCAC and Lifepatch co-hosted the two-day "Extend the Hand of the Deities" workshop, converting their space into a kitchen and lab to let audiences learn, experience, and test out the traditions, history, and cultural shifts of ThaiTai crops, spices, and herbal medicines.  



Open Contemporary Art Center

The Open Contemporary Art Center is both a group of Taiwanese artists and an art space established in 2001. Through art curation, interdisciplinary exchanges, research and publication, and resource sharing, the OCAC attempts to offer more diverse possibilities for interactions between art and the public.


Based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Lifepatch is a citizens' initiative in the arts, science, and technology that spotlights DIY and DIWO (Do It With Others).

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1988 and specializes in collecting and researching modern Taiwanese art. The Museum's Asian Art Biennial continues to research and explore the aesthetic value of contemporary Asian art.