Nusantara Archive in Penang
"Lakec - Storyteller and Very Simple River" Screening & Thematic Publication Launch
The NML Residency & Nusantara Archive Project started compiling research on Southeast Asia in 2017 and reached out to Singapore and Penang, Malaysia at the end of 2019 to form cultural alliances through biennials, independent spaces, and book clubs in Southeast Asia.
Starting from June 2019, Tenn Bui-Ki (founder, Nusantara Archive Project) and Chang En-Man (artist) conducted local research and completed the opening performance for the Singapore Biennale and Snail Paradise, a work that was later selected for the Singapore Biennale. They released their research pamphlet - Nusantara Archive 10: Chang En-Man – Snail Paradise - during the opening week of the biennial. Before they left for Singapore and Malaysia, the duo hosted a lecture on Zaidi Musa and Kedai Hitam Putih at the Open Contemporary Art Center to introduce cultural landscapes and knowledge production from new generations unique to Malaysia. In December 2019, they collaborated with Ruang Kongsi (Malaysian art organization) to screen the PETAMU Project, a documentary filmed by Posak Jodian (Taiwanese artist), Jeffrey Lim (Malaysian artist), and the Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC). The documentary explored the identity, cultures, beliefs, and traditional lifestyles of Austronesians and their challenges under existing institutions.
The Digital Art Foundation, founded in 2008, has been dedicated to facilitating development in the digital art industry, progressing software and hardware, and promoting digital art events to elevate digital art in society. The Foundation has consistently supported experimental art developments in Taiwan and is a founding partner of the "Nomansland" Residency & Nusantara Archive Project.
Founded by commentator Tenn Bun-ki in May 2017, the NML Residency & Nusantara Archive Project is anchored around art residencies, cultural interpretation, and co-production. By collaborating with artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Southern Thailand, and the Philippines, Tenn Bun-Ki founded the Nusantara Archive Project as an experimental project for international exchanges rooted in co-production.