What is this book about?
The Borneo Laboratory Book features a select group of art projects initiated with the goal of extending upon the existing Borneo cultural narrative. Apart from showcasing the diverse, intriguing and mesmerising outcome from all these innovations, the book will also take you through how these projects are being planned and executed successfully, in spite of the challenges encountered. Through the 4 pillars of our creative focus: Design and Make, Food, Documentation and the Performing Arts, we engaged experienced practitioners to share the innovative changes they have made on their respective field.
This book differs from our previous book, Borneo Art Collective, which features the stories of individual cultural practitioners in Borneo, the Borneo Laboratory book is a more in depth, explorative and features the original content of its authors.
The Making of this book
We believe delivering good quality products is the simplest way to convey the integrity, sincerity and belief of our project. How is it complex? We remember from our previous publication, there was a moment that we had to choose between quality or quantity: if we went with handmade bookbinding, we would get the quality we desired but it would be much pricier and fewer copies would be sold compared to digital prints.
Luckily we know how to see things from the opposite side: if we are willing to pay more for quality we would be able to work with some of the best book craftsmen in the world.
It wasn’t a difficult decision; we went for the best quality without any further hesitation. Looking back, that was the best decision we’ve made, not simply because we managed to deliver what we promised, we also established a good relationship with the book makers who care about what we care about - quality.
Your donation will allow us to reach out to a wider audience and will bring to life a second Borneo book with the highest quality that it deserves.
For the past two years, we realised there is nothing more motivating and encouraging than the manifestation of good will; so it is when we speak about innovation in art and crafts. Since we started our journey from the Borneo Art Collective until the start of Borneo Laboratory in 2018, we always believed Borneo could be the destination for experimental art, with its abundance in material, ingredients, topics and ambience.
With our space in the Borneo Laboratory, we have housed more than 15 artists from different continents thus far. Some of the projects produced were featured by festivals and won awards both domestically and internationally.
While we were planning our second book, we hope that its production would be a platform for the art practitioners to work on innovations they wish to see. We engaged them, explored the possibilities and provided our space for them to explore every avenue for their content. We do that because we know this is the stone that preceded the ripples.
About Borneo Laboratory
Borneo Laboratory is a multidisciplinary platform for the experimentation of Borneo Aesthetics - an aesthetic that emphasizes collaboration and open dialogue. Our movement has been inspired by the idea of ‘Berjalai’- conversing with the world, which is also a deep-rooted cultural ideal in the Borneo landscape.
Since we began two years ago, we have held a number of regional collaborative workshop projects that have involved collaborators from France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia over the course of 30 days. Thus far, our production covers products ranging from publication, documentation, crafts, curation and architectural design.
In our collaboration, we have been consciously engaging people of diverse disciplines. Regardless it is a publication or building, it is crucial for us to see our projects ended up delivering empathetic experience while embracing universal value.
Two Stages Crowd Funding
If we managed to secure up to 3000 pound, then the project is funded.
If we managed to secured up to 6000 pound, we will reprint our first book, Borneo Art Collective book, all tiers of reward will be upgraded.
Forewords by Han Van de Bunte | Joe Sidek | Jessie Ng
Wendy Teo – Editor | Ami Lam – Associate Editor | Francis Poh, Connie Lai, Samantha Wong - Content Editor | Toni Giddings – Graphic Designer | Derrick Chang - Proof Reader | Borneo Laboratory – Design and Make Session | Marian Chin – Borneo Cuisine Session | Abdul Walid, Pei Ern – Performing Art Session | Chon Fan Bong, Eugene Chin – Documentation Session | Wordsmith of Kuching – Poems | Yu Sheng Liu – Cover Picture
Video - Borneo Laboratory | Music 'Once Again' from BenSound
Risks and challenges
The goal of this campaign is to raise startup capital necessary to finish production of our publication. We have the technical expertise to do this and we have already produced our test sample to refine our production process so that we may set clear metrics. If we meet our fundraising goal, our risks should be minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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