Research Outcome


curated by Rachel Be-Yun Wang

Asymmetry, 102a Albion Drive, London E8 4LY
2-4.30PM, 06.07.2024

'A Diachronic Record' is a public programme and vitrine presentation centred on the film Writing the Time Lag (2014–ongoing), an experimental documentary by Taiwanese artist and director Lee Tzu Tung. Initiated in 2014, Writing the Time Lag is informed by an ethnographic approach to collaborative and participatory filmmaking, where activist voices and political narratives give form to what the artist calls a 'microcosm of Taiwan's complex identity dynamics'. Navigating indigenous grassroots activism, the film questions how one makes sense of national identity, and provides a glimpse into the colonial dynamics of a transnational public sphere. In addition to their political involvement, Tzu Tung’s approach to documentary is also informed by a self-reflexive editing approach. Since starting filming, they have continually re-edited the documentary, while incorporating the post-production process into the film footage itself. This iterative process reveals how one’s perspective changes through time, and foregrounds a multi-layered and diachronic approach to documenting the subjectively political and historically personal.

Following an afternoon screening of Tzu Tung’s film, a roundtable discussion will be held with the artist who will be present in-person. Moderated by Chisenhale Gallery's Asymmetry Curatorial Research Fellow, Rachel Be-Yun Wang, the group will discuss the process of creating the film, its political life, where it stands today, and broader issues around the documentation of time. Attendees are encouraged to bring their perspectives and participate, and due to the nature of the discussion limited seats will be available.

This event will also include a preview of related research materials on display as a vitrine presentation in our programme space, which will be on view to the public until 27 SEPTEMBER 2024. More information will be shared on our website and social media soon.

'A Diachronic Record' is curated in conjunction with Rachel Be-Yun Wang’s Curatorial Research Fellowship at Chisenhale Gallery. Rachel is currently researching the documentation of time-based media within commissioning, looking to understand how—and what—we document in the active processes of commissioning and producing new artistic work, while interrogating how we produce and enact artistic labour with historicity and posterity in mind.

Additional support is provided by Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster. Support to Lee Tzu-Tung on the occasion of this project is provided by the National Culture and Arts Foundation.



This event includes a 75-minute screening followed by a relaxed, hour-long roundtable discussion, with a break in between (refreshments provided). Mandarin, Amis, and English are spoken in Writing the Time Lag, which is primarily subtitled in English. Due to its roaming, multilingual subtitle text, the film is not further captioned. The film’s contents include depictions of nudity and mentions of sexual assault.

This event takes place on the ground floor with step-free access in our multi-purpose programme space, with a fully accessible, all-gender bathroom. Earplugs and ear guards will be available for visitors to use.

Please feel free to inquire with if you would like to learn more about the film, or discuss any accommodations or access needs. Please kindly be advised that requests should be made one week in advance of the event, and we will try our best to make accommodations subject to availability.


Lee Tzu-Tung is a Taiwan-based conceptual artist. Combining academic research with political activism, their work involves participatory processes, an open-source ethos, and decentralised technologies. Growing up amid Taiwan's multifaceted generational identity struggle, their art practice questions how marginalised communities can 'queer-up' contemporary hegemonies after generational colonial traumas. As a political organiser, Lee hosted monthly conferences at Café Philo Chicago (2016–2018) and participated in NGO Overseas Taiwanese for Democracy, while serving as an Editor of the bilingual political magazine New Bloom. They are also the leader and visual designer for a rally of 200 people Anti-Black Box Education (2016), 40 cities-wide rally Equality of Same-Sex Marriage (2016), and the organiser of the indigenous protest Passage of Time (2016). Lee is the founder of Tinyverse NPO, which facilitates transdisciplinary, collaborative art projects, and is curator of Sensefield, an art and anthropology biennale.

Lee graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS) Art, Culture and Technology Program and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) Film, Video, Animation and New Media Program. Their work has been exhibited at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, MOCA Taipei (TW), MIT Museum (US), Lisbon University (PT), ArtScape (CA), Transmediale (DE), ADL (KR), and Hyundai Studio (CN).

Rachel Be-Yun Wang works in curating and art-making, with a practice that involves exhibition, written, and studio production. As the 2023/24 Asymmetry Curatorial Research Fellow at Chisenhale Gallery, she has assisted with developing exhibitions, publications, and public programmes around the commissions of Rory Pilgrim, Joshua Leon, Alia Farid, Benoît Piéron, and Lotus Laurie Kang. Previous exhibition projects include the Beijing Art and Technology Biennale: Synthetic Ecology (798CUBE, 2022), Ever Archive: The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serralves Foundation, 2022), and Material Tales: The Life of Things (Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, 2021). Rachel has guest lectured at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, produced multiple publications and vitrine exhibitions with the Hans Ulrich Obrist Publication Archive, and pursues an independent writing and artistic practice.

Rachel Be-Yun Wang is currently the 2023/24 Asymmetry Curatorial Research Fellow at Chisenhale Gallery.