Month: March 2021

Observance

Reading Time: 3 minutes At three, the process of deificationthen came known to me.  Jade, like the ancient devices, are foreign objectsto all men. With an abdomen pressed, exposednext to the king who had braced the mountains,my marrow spills to a world far untouched–– the reign of the gods far from gone. Then,a Director rushed into Qingce. Elders say the waterwheel and eastern windscross one another ceaselessly. On the cliffside–– the beast touches springwater. A soldier laid restis left roses. Like everything in this land, it too,is a secret. No one heard a sound when adenmother gave her body to the seas. And Qingce dew exhausts the air, pleasure-bargestread past. Her shoes pressed clean like deer hoofon the long-forgotten streambed. Foreign object touched by the hoarfrostof the night presses red on my grandfather’sbare face. I will later know all the secretsof this world. *  When you taught me the requiem, I couldbarely count to six. The sound of kindling, or of ember, for something so intangiblecame from rock and promise. I learned blood is blood. Man begs to live …

February’s loved things

Reading Time: 4 minutes Looking back at the past month and things I’ve enjoyed, and such. Happy March. I think I need someone to be proud of me or I will probably combust. Twenty-one is inevitable and I have never felt so, so alone. Web Bangkok Art Book Fair I am so so in love with the Bangkok Art Book Fair’s Co-op site, set in this most lovely serif + gradient pink that reminds me of my first ever fansite coded thirteen years ago. Jin-Woo Choi A historian who has designed a very spatial, networked blog borne out of desire to explore systematic training in archival has ended up crafting one of the most genuine, lovely means of curating a repository of academic discovery. Reads Design: The Invention of Desire, by Jessica Helfand “This is what it means to be alive—to witness visually and respondviscerally to something…” And of course, Helfand very next says that the eyes are only the first line of defense. Everything afterwards demands greater scrutiny. The ethical parameters, morals, and wider ramifications that we then …

Bisita

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today I release another game. We’re nearing three years since I’ve been home to the Philippines. Now, I’m far removed from the long comforts & routines I’ve come to know: 3AM masses before Christmas eve, Sunday mass with my thighs sticking themselves to plastic chairs under the 35C heat, picking high school crushes from the crowd amongst 1,000 other students on sports bleachers for First Friday Mass. Play Bisita on Itch.io: https://chi.itch.io/bisita Bisita is an interactive fiction “tour” and recollection of eighteen years of my life in the Philippines – the only intensely Catholic nation in Asia – and the devotion and routine that surrounded the Holy Week practice of the Seven Churches Visitation. From sunrise to sundown, we’d walk or commute from church to church to pray the fourteen Stations of the Cross. This project was prompted by my Interactive Design Class, taught by Rosa McElheny. Here are some examples of “tours” on Are.na that we were looking at and thinking about while creating the piece. (Spoilers below) The experience is an Interactive Fiction-like …