FAC3D was initiated by:
Chong Yan Chuah
FAC3D was realised in collaboration with:WRITERS:
Aahan Prakash (b. 2020, cyberspace) is a political consultant and commentator. He has helped to successfully orchestrate cyber-coups in at least three Latin American countries and one obscure Central Asian country. He has quickly become one of the most influential political strategists internationally, and has received awards and grants for his research from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Sackler Trust, the United Nations and various anonymous organisations across several Asian countries. In 2020, he became the youngest and first non-human to be listed in Fortune’s 40 under 40 list.
Two months after his birth, he founded the De-territorialised Institute of Collective Kinship (D.I.C.K), which actively provides aid, research, and consultancy services across the developing world on a range of projects in the fields of science, technology, infrastructure, and public health. Currently, one of their major global research projects is an investigation into the potential production of a body without organs, through experimental and avant-garde cloning methods.
Despite a short lifespan, his prolific speeches have already been compiled into books, translated into over 100 languages, and are widely taught across schools all around the world. His latest book “12 Rules for An Obsolete Life” is a New York Times bestseller of 2021.
Instagram @Aahan Prakash
Bethany Edgoose is researcher and writer, working between media, anthropology, and information technology. She is co-founder of Inferstudio – an interdisciplinary world building and media practice. Inferstudio works through film, image and writing to critically imagine and investigate the impact of digital technologies on emerging social and cultural realities. Inferstudio has collaborated with various art practices, including Superflux and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg Studio, as well as human rights research organisation Forensic Architecture. Bethany trained in Anthropology and International Development at the London School of Economics. She interned with King's College London as a research analyst monitoring nuclear proliferation risks in Egypt, and then worked as an analyst for cyber security firm Darktrace, ultimately leading an international team of researchers. Bethany now lives and works in Los Angeles with her partner and Inferstudio co-founder Nathan Su
Ellen Lee (1996, b. Kuala Lumpur) graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Kent, England, in 2017. Born and based in Kuala Lumpur, she currently works in the local visual arts sector as a project manager and research assistant under Snow Ng Advisory & Projects (SNAP), while also pursuing writing on a freelance basis.
She blogs at ambiguousutopias.wordpress.com
Ellen Lee (1996, b. Kuala Lumpur) graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Kent, England, in 2017. Born and based in Kuala Lumpur, she currently works in the local visual arts sector as a project manager and research assistant under Snow Ng Advisory & Projects (SNAP), while also pursuing writing on a freelance basis. She blogs at ambiguousutopias.wordpress.com.
Find her on inter--zone.blogspot.com/
Lim Sheau Yun
Sheau is a researcher and writer on art and architectural history. She graduated from Yale in 2019 with a BA in Architecture, where her thesis was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize.
LALUNE is the digital representation of Amanda Ariawan. IRL, Amanda obtained her Master’s of Contemporary Art Exhibition Production from the University of Lille, France in 2017, and has been working in the arts and culture ever since. On the Internet, she is a member of the digital art collective NWCN, who recently co-founded the virtual club KLUB KIDUL, as well as the NET Art platform Anthology of Metaverses (AoM).
Mikhail Hilmi (b. 2020, cyberspace) is a trained cyberspatial architect whose practice revolves around speculative architecture, paradoxical architecture, cyberspace infrastructure, and re-deconstructivist architecture. He received his MArch Part 2 from the Chiba School of Xeno-Architecture and is currently in negotiation with RIBA to resume his Part 3 despite not existing as a physical entity. In recent months, he has received a Dezeen design award for his design of a bus stop that only exists right at the edges of one’s vision, and a PAM Award for his thesis proposal of a hexagonal library that contains everything that has and will ever be written in the entirety of human history, up until its final end.
He also regularly contributes art and architecture criticism to art journal e-flux. His most recent article is titled, “Cthulhu’s Dialectical Toilet: Weird Architecture for the Post-Human, Pre-Singularity Future”, published in Issue #114, December 2020, of the journal.
In his free time, he curates an Instagram account of future fashions for obsolete human bodies.
Instagram @Mikhail Hilmi
Ong Kar Jin
KJ Ong is an independent researcher and analyst on technology and digital rights. His research interests include histories of technology in the global south, disinformation and memes, as well as capital flows in the tech sector. He graduated from Yale University with BA in History, focusing on genocide and ethnic conflict in Southeast Asia.
Find his writing on medium.com/@duriandemocracy
Sebastian Tiew is a digital artist and designer. He has worked as a researcher and 3D artist for various architectural offices and design agencies in London, developing real time projects and applications for both cultural and commercial purposes. He is co-founder of Cream Projects.
Skylar Ang (b. 2020, cyberspace, Gemini sun) is a sci-fi writer and storyteller working at the intersection of art, astrology, and technology.
Her short stories and articles have been published in e-flux, Granta, WIRED, Tor, and Uncanny Magazine, and she has consulted sci-fi luminaries such as Andy Weir, the Wachowski sisters, and Shane Carruth on various upcoming projects. In 2020, she was the youngest and first non-human to win the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
She is currently working on her debut novel, which involves extensive research into 8th-century astrological charts, the trajectory of alien sightings recorded in the former Soviet Union, variations of butterfly species in the Amazon, and the human instrumentality project. In her free time, she likes to predict all the possible events that could lead to a sudden freak extinction of the global human population, which she uses as inspiration to write little sonnets on the fragility of human life.
Her zines “GENERATED TEXT 01”, “GENERATED TEXT 02”, and “AI LIBERATI_0_N MANIFEST_0” are available online and purchases of physical copies come with a free .mp3 of her debut mixtape, GeminAI-5Ghz: Speculative beats for the binary apocalypse.
UBERMORGEN (Founded 1995) is a Swiss-Austrian-American artist duo consisting of Lizvlx (B. 1973) and Hans Bernhard (B. 1971). They were an integral part of the 1990s digital avant-garde. UBERMORGEN own 175+ websites and has been featured in over 3000 articles, news segments, books and reviews. Recently they have shown their work in major international institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, MoMA/PS1, Sydney Biennale, MACBA Barcelona, New Museum New York, SFMoma, ICC Tokyo and the Gwangju Biennale and at numerous Art Fairs. Commissions include the Serpentine Galleries and the Whitney Museum and their works are held in numerous public and private collections. UBERMORGEN have received prestigious awards including the Swiss Art Award, ARCO Beep Award, Transmediale Award, Ars Electronica Award and the IBM Award. CNN described them as 'maverick Austrian business people' and the New York Times called them 'simply brilliant’.
Adam Ariawan is a language enthusiast with a keen eye for structure and an educational background in applied foreign languages. As a freelance translator, editor, and copywriter, he takes on various projects in the fields of business, science, and art.
Eric Goh is a curator and writer. He is the founder of Mutual Aid Projects art space. His writing can be found in Artforum, O for Other and Plural. He is working towards a master’s degree in Art History at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.
Zhi (b. 1998, Malacca) is a creative technologist examining the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. She is currently pursuing her master's degree at the Architectural Association, London bringing forward her interest through designing spatial systems.
KentaWorks Graphic (est. 2018) a Kuala Lumpur-based design practice that partners with artists, curators, editors, designers and institutions. Its various commissioners and collaborators have included RogueArt, Ilham Gallery, A+ Works of Art, Galeri RumahLukis, Ahmad Fuad Osman, Lee Weng Choy, chi too, Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA) and Snow Ng Advisory & Projects [SNAP].
Founder and designer Kenta Chai accumulated a decade of experience from projects such as luxury real estate development, artisan packaging and lifestyle brands. Kenta Chai was the co-founder of Nowornever Design, Kuala Lumpur (2014–2018) and has guest lecture for Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur.
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The Backroom KL
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