Jason Soesilo is a Toronto based Chinese-Indonesian emerging artist whose works investigate cultural traditions, interculturalism, and individuality. His primary media of works revolve around photography and videography. His works has earned him the Photography Award at the Annual Arts, Culture, and Media Student Art Exhibition at the University of Toronto Scarborough, consecutively in 2019 and 2020. He currently lives in Toronto and is working towards finishing his last year as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto in Scarborough.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I took on this project because I wanted to continue to work on creative projects, and the concept of the project really interested me. It was a great opportunity to learn about others and challenge myself. It was fascinating to see how different approaches could produce such diverse work.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
The one week turn-around wasn’t that big of an issue, as it gave me both ample of time to think about what do, and take the time to carefully treat the files that I was given.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
I think being able to collaborate with artists who I did not know, and see what the outcome video was, really intrigued me. It was exciting to see the different directions that a video could go from the initial text, and how it could be transformed into a moving image.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Looking back at the project, it has definitely changed my idea of what it means to be “creative”. Of course each project was amazing in its own respect, but I was so astonished at how something so simple could be translated through the image treatment, or how the sound design could elevate the video to new levels.
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
I think I worked on around 23 projects in total, and I learned something new from each one. One after the other, I kept wanting to try something new, to keep practicing what I know, and ultimately just make art that was fun.