Jason Phu 

Instagram: @titsmcgee66



My action is a reworking of some of the stories I grew up with. Many of them were folktales that had moral lessons serving different purposes. Now, some of my favourite folktales are 公案 Gong An (not to be confused with Gong An Fiction), which are 禅 Chan Buddhist records structured like folktales that monks used to spark enlightenment by use of absurdity and contradiction to uncover “the truth”. I have created several of these stories to better reflect issues in our contemporary life, they are a sort of anti-folktale that also address some of the fallacies of old folktales. My inspirations range from 5th Century 禅 Chan texts to sci-fi comics to memes. Many religions including Chan Buddhism have undergone these sorts of modernisations throughout history and I am using animation as a vehicle because I feel it is the most accessible form of information consumption today. I have used apps that are easy to learn (many are made for kids) and free (through the privilege of working on a Mac) to make these “animations”. I hope that after watching these, people will want to animate their own 公案 Gong An, folktales, or even just fun stories.

Big thanks to Chloe Kim @chloekimyj for making the drum tracks on each video.

Artist bio


Jason Phu works across installation, painting and performance. Recently he has shown in the Dobell Drawing Biennale (2018) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray (2018) at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art and was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the 2019 Art Assembly commission. He is represented by Station Gallery (Melbourne) and Chalk Horse (Sydney).





“Every Gong An is inherently about nothing, and is not secretly full of meaning. Unless you find some meaning, then let me know.”

Made with: Folioscope (App), iMovie

Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj

Voice: Jason Phu



“Sometimes old things are good. Sometimes old things are bad.”

Made with: Note pad, Pen, iMovie, Youtube clip

Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj


“Everyone will have a different interpretation of a Gong An, but it doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone else about it.”

Made with: Muvimi (App), iMovie, Youtube clips

Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj




“When you think you understand a Gong An that is the furthest point you can be from understanding it. It is like kicking a ball at someone and hitting them with it and thinking they appreciate you knocking their soda out of their hand.”

Made with: Plotagon (App), iMovie

Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj



“It is better to not listen to a Gong An rather than to listen to it. Like hearing a mosquito at night. Very annoying.”

Made with: Stop Motion (App), Plasticine, Cardboard, Paper, iMovie
Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj
Voice: Me


“Be kind.”

Made with: Toontastic (App), iMovie
Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj



“Destroy everything.”

Made with: Paper, Pastel, iMovie
Drums: Chloe Kim @chloekimyj
Voice: Mum


Past Actions

25 Jan - 31 Jan 2021

Karrabing Film Collective

18 Jan - 24 Jan 2021

Nici Cumpston

11 Jan - 17 Jan 2021

Johnathon World Peace Bush

07 Dec - 13 Dec 2020


30 Nov - 06 Dec 2020

Raquel Ormella

23 Nov - 29 Nov 2020

Léuli Eshrāghi

16 Nov - 22 Nov 2020

Rolande Souliere

09 Nov - 15 Nov 2020

TV Moore

02 Nov - 08 Nov 2020

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

26 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

Ivey Wawn

19 Oct - 25 Oct 2020

Naomi Blacklock

12 Oct - 18 Oct 2020

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

05 Oct - 11 Oct 2020

Yhonnie Scarce

28 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

Ruha Fifita

21 Sep - 27 Sep 2020

Kaylene Whiskey

14 Sep - 20 Sep 2020

Adam Linder

07 Sep - 13 Sep 2020

Archie Barry

31 Aug - 06 Sep 2020

Min Wong

24 Aug - 30 Aug 2020

Hayley Millar-Baker

17 Aug - 23 Aug 2020

Erin Coates

10 Aug - 16 Aug 2020

Diego Bonetto

03 Aug - 09 Aug 2020

Tyza Stewart

27 Jul - 02 Aug 2020

Larissa Hjorth

20 Jul - 26 Jul 2020

Louise Zhang

13 Jul - 19 Jul 2020

Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh)

06 Jul - 12 Jul 2020


29 Jun - 05 Jul 2020

Rainbow Chan

22 Jun - 28 Jun 2020

Jason Phu

15 Jun - 21 Jun 2020

Abdul Abdullah

08 Jun - 14 Jun 2020

Patricia Piccinini

01 Jun - 07 Jun 2020

Brook Andrew

25 May - 31 May 2020


18 May - 24 May 2020

James Tylor