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£3,689
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74
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, February 1 2019 12:17 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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.

The Sample of Borneo Laboratory Book
The Sample of Borneo Laboratory Book
Sneak peek of the content production
Sneak peek of the content production
Sneak peek content I
Sneak peek content I
Sneak Peek Content II
Sneak Peek Content II
Sneak Peek Content III
Sneak Peek Content III

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. 

The Borneo Art Collective Book (2018)
The Borneo Art Collective Book (2018)
The Hand Binding Quality from Previous Borneo Art Collective Book (2018)
The Hand Binding Quality from Previous Borneo Art Collective Book (2018)
Borneo Art Collective Book Features the Practising Artist and Craftsmen of the region
Borneo Art Collective Book Features the Practising Artist and Craftsmen of the region

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.

Why? 

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. 

Our Previous Kickstarter Project - Pan Borneo Road Trip in Borneo Art Collective Book (2017/18)
Our Previous Kickstarter Project - Pan Borneo Road Trip in Borneo Art Collective Book (2017/18)

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. 

Borneo Laboratory
Borneo Laboratory
Sharing Session in Borneo Laboratory during Redesigning Bornean Crafts
Sharing Session in Borneo Laboratory during Redesigning Bornean Crafts

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 

The Team

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.

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