|Choy Ka Fai
Prospectus For a Future Body
Lan Fang Chronicles
|Lan Fang Chronicles
Visual Art/ Film/ Theatre
Lan Fang Chronicles is a multi-faceted project inspired by the histories and investigations of the 18th century Lan Fang Republic founded by Hakka Chinese in West Borneo. The Republic lasted for 107 years before it disintegrated. Today it is nothing more than a fading legend for its living descendents. This project investigates the concept of ‘insignificant histories’, and its subtle parallels with the Singapore story. This research-based exploration will be presented in various contexts such as visual arts, theatre and film.
Insignificant Landscape / Panoramic Audio-Visual Installation
RELICS OF A FUTURE / Micro Monuments
Miniaturized objects of remembrance are designed from a combination of existing monuments and speculative proposals relating to the Lan Fang Republic. This series of objects speculates on the future appearance of these relics and ruins at the same time, a centerpiece posits an imaginary structure as a possible monument to be built by the descendents of Luo Fang Bo the founder of Lan Fang Republic as a commemoration of his legacy.
These photographic collections document the research process and journey in search of the remnants of the Lan Fang Republic. Images have been collected from the ancient capital of the Republic – Mandor in Pontianak, Indonesia and the ancestral village of their Hakka origin in Mei Xian, Guangdong, China. These visual accounts provide alternative perspectives to the complex research process that is part of the construct of the Lan Fang chronicles project.
The lecture performance highlights accounts of significant events in the recorded history of the Lan Fang Republic. With the aid of selected materials from the film research library, the lecture attempts to re-imagine the rise and fall of the empire in a hundred years. From the poems written by its founding father to the western records of its chronicles, this live act investigates the re-telling of disappearing memories and myths.