dokyu: Intersections of History, Creative Writing, and Arts Practice / Collier Nogues

These materials are part of the dossier Dokyu: Intersections of History, Creative Writing, and Arts Practice, published in ASAP/Journal volume 8, number 3, January 2024. Spanning multiple locations of research including Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, the U.S., and Switzerland, Dokyu’s participants draw from varied fields such as documentary poetics, environmental and community-based art and history practices, performance art, and painting, among others, in order to expand the ways in which we approach, understand, and interact with historical documents. Ultimately, Dokyu aims to establish an experimental space that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue, transforms artistic and scholarly methodology, and informs the ways the interdisciplinary in the humanities is both practiced and taught. 


  1. Chan Yi Qian (artist & writer)
  2. Martin Dusinberre (historian)
  3. James Jack (artist)
  4. Hilmi Johandi (artist)
  5. Collier Nogues (writer)
  6. Siddharta Perez (curator)
  7. Aki Sasamoto (artist)
  8. Lawrence Lacambra Ypil (writer)

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“Across the Sea (Cape Henoko)” is part of a larger project connecting transpacific war histories across Okinawa, Korea, Guåhan (Guam), Hong Kong, and Singapore, using the medium of immersive VR. Each poem is composed inside an immersive spherical photograph. If you have a VR headset, you can experience the poem in 3D. On a computer or device in 2D, you can navigate the poem using your finger, arrow keys, a mouse, and/or device motion sensors. 

These screencapture videos record user and maker interactions with the poem. The poem itself can be found in Rabbit: A Journal of Nonfiction Poetry, Special Issue: The Archive, vol. 8, no. 3, Fall 2023. 

The poem’s spherical photograph was taken in 2016 from the pier of a hotel on Oura Bay, Okinawa, looking across to Cape Henoko. The U.S. military, in partnership with the Government of Japan, is building a new airstrip at Henoko to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from the densely populated center of the island. Protests against the plan began when it was announced in 1996 and have successfully stalled construction several times. Activists argue that not only does the Henoko plan fail to reduce the American military presence and make Okinawans safer, it also threatens the habitat of endangered dugongs. Chamorro activists from Guåhan and other activists internationally have contributed to efforts to resist the construction, but to date it has not yet ceased. 


Collier Nogues, “Across the Sea (Cape Henoko),” 2023, screencapture video (user view).


Collier Nogues, “Across the Sea (Cape Henoko),” 2023, screencapture video (back end).

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