Reading Group

This reading group is an expanded idea from using words as a mapping path in cartography.  Unlike traditional idea of map cartography where visible borders were drawn by invisible labor, this reading group works on a different path. Constructed by words from Indian Epic, folklores, historiography writings and Malaya written by authors from the other sides, a spiritual map of Malaya will then be formed, where writing perspectives from diverse time frame and space intermingled.

TIME|19:30 – 21:30
VENUE|Open Contemporary Art Center(OCAC)(No.25, Ganzhou St., TAIPEI CITY 10346, TAIWAN)


Au Sow-Yee was born and grew up in Malaysia, she now based in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur. Graduated from Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) majored in theatre arts and attained her M.F.A degree from San Francisco Art Institute (U.S.A) majored in experimental filmmaking and Taipei National University of the Arts, majored in New Media Arts. Her works focuses mainly in questioning, exploring as well as expanding the relation between images, image making, history, politics and power, through video installation and other mediums. Sow-Yee’s recent works focus on re-imagined history of Malaysia, South-east Asia and it’s related region from perceptions and ideologies bounded by the Cold War. Meanwhile, she also continue her interest in image making mechanism, creating live cinema performance using self-made mechanism and mechanical film projectors. Sow-Yee’s works were exhibited in MMCA (Seoul), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), HKW (Berlin), Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Singapore Film Festival, official selection of Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul(ExiS), BACC (Bangkok) and various other exhibitions and screenings. Sow-Yee was the co-founder and co-curator for KLEX (Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival) in 2010, 2011 and 2016. She is also one of the guest writer for online magazine No Man’s Land and co-founded Kuala Lumpur’s Rumah Attap Library and Collective in 2017.