Chair designed for furniture company Fred Lives Here.
Until we chanced on their website a couple of weeks ago, we were utterly ignorant of WeJungle. What kind of collective is that? I hear you ask; well, you’re about to find out. We thought we’d take the opportunity at this point to quiz Spencer Chan, one of the fine fellows behind WeJungle.
Spencer trained as an architect, and architectural/interior/exhibition design is what happens for him during the day. On a quest to contribute to a creative environment, the man and his gang channel all their creative juices into WeJungle.
Spencer: “WeJungle started out as a means of venting our frustration at a system which does not seem work. In the beginning there was three, all of us architects by trade and we were in an office that … let’s just say, wasn’t really making anything better. So we decided to get together and work on a family portrait commission … none of us knew what we were doing, it was just a really organic process. Few months later I was like ok, I have these analog photos sitting in my computer, lets work on a series. We went to work, sent the files to Charles Osawa, who was living back in Los Angeles. This series was presented at the Lit’Up Festival in 2012. After which, it all went uphill. We were like, shiiiieeeet…. this is way better than having a day job. We started producing stickers, and what we wanted to do was to bring art to the masses, give the stickers out freely. We made t-shirts to sell, but ended up giving away half of them! We organised our first collective exhibition with several other artists which we hunted down through friends. We made more work, organised more art events, one year plus, we’re still at it and enjoying it. While all of us -there are more than ten members- have day jobs, or school and life in general, it does take a lot of energy especially in the world we live in today. We gained a lot of support from the underground community and from the people who come to our gigs, and I think that’s important, ground up always. I think that the answer to all the problems in the world is really quite simple and hundreds before me have voiced the same message. Start helping one another, work together. Competition is only fruitful when its done out of love, for our fellow human beings, for our environment. I have to say in all sincerity, I think we have managed to purposely put ourselves on the losing end of the game with how we move as a collective, which is fine because we’re killing it at the same time. Losing end because we do it stupidly, we make plans and never follow through. But at the end of the day, I think the collective goal is to flip it to the system. And what we are saying is, culture has to be created, one cannot learn it, one has to do it, and be immersed in it, not the bullshit they sell you, though. So, then what is important about what we produce, is the process, as is the case with almost everything, but I’d like to think we pay more attention to the process than the end product and by doing this, it becomes a zeitgeist. Seriously, shit happens all the time while we are producing stuff, and we don’t ever look back, so in the end the product has a story to tell, like say at this stage it was fucked really bad or it fell and it broke, or someone just screwed up, or we don’t have the proper tool, but it still gets done. I think that reflects life and nature. Which is what all the great stuff is really about. Most of the time we’re hardly ever serious about it, we think we are at that point but then you realise shit, I should have done it that way. Fuck it … Make it better.”