HUEY CHAN X JOY ZHU, AMSTERDAMhttp://www.hueyhoongchan.com
a catalogue of visual anecdotes
What is home when it is always the point of departure and transit? How does our relationship change with it when we are stranded there and unable to travel because of COVID? At one point in our lives, the desire for the familiar repetitions of our native land is replaced by the desire to find the strange and foreign in the familiar. This project aims to capture the transient textures of home through anecdotes, sounds, colors, and conversations. It explores our changing relationships with “home” as attachments break and form. For Wittgenstein, style is the result of repetition, which occurs out of spontaneous desire instead of rote learning. Thus, the name “Exercise in Style” reflects the various repeated thought patterns as the author is stranded in an emotional limbo, as inscribed in the various pieces of writing. Her attempt to break these cycles are reflected through the way she attempts to immerse herself in different forms of community
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Joy Zhu is a PhD student in Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. She is working on the history and philosophy of geology in China. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is a closet expat at home, a blanket Asian in the West. Huey Chan is trained as an architect and is currently working as strategic designer at UNSense, Amsterdam. Originally from Malaysia and having lived in several countries abroad, he feels like a perpetual nomad, constantly on the lookout for the next station in life. Joy and Huey met through The New Normal research program at the Strelka Institute, Moscow. They have since realised that they share many common interests, specifically around the storytelling of alienation and belonging.