Update from Kuala Lumpur

04 Mar 2012 | Saubin Yap - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After 4 months hiatus, we are finally back in action. We had a meeting and excursion on February 29th afternoon. With new team member SzeYing, an art and media producer/programmer with an interesting project (#betterkl at poskod.my/Page/Index/betterKL), artist ThaiMeng and ChongYong from RAP joining us.

The plot of land which we are looking into was fenced up and overran with bushes and trees as compared to our last visit. We decided to take a look at a pond right besides the wasteland. We noticed that there are some anglers hanging out at this pond - which is actually a detention pond for flood control - a prohibited space in fact.

It was an interesting discovery as we spoke to the anglers and looking into the vegetation and inquiring the type of fishes in the pond. There are two type of waterbirds visible -  Southeast Asian crane and grey body kingfisher, which also hang out at the monsoon drain running along the edge of the wasteland into the detention pond. Were informed by the anglers that there are two types of fish, talapia and arowana.

On the wasteland itself, we found some rubbish disposed at the fenced edge to the aback lane of the shop lots; and most excitingly we came across a hen with 4 chicks. Determining if the chickens could claim ownership or as active users of the wasteland, I ponder if there are ways to conduct interview with them.

WeiMeng raised a good question if our research should just focus on the triangular plot of land or if we could expand to include the detention pond and its surrounding area as our research. I think the Associative context and Wasteland surrounding methods would help anchor our scopes of interests, as the ecological system, of the plot of land and pond is strongly connected.

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