Tagvverk is pleased to announce the winner of the first Torf microgrant prize.

Artist Justine Lai will use the grant to complete an internet-based project.

More information on the project below. Thanks to everyone for submitting project proposals. We had many excellent submissions.

Stay tuned for more opportunities.


The Geocities webpage “A Timeline of Prejudices Against Asian-Americans in the History of the United States”–alternately titled “Japanese-American History (1869-1942)”–was created by 4 high school students in 1998. Its authors used h3 headings for each historical event, but omitted the end tags. The result is headings nested within headings: text that grows exponentially large when displayed in contemporary browsers. The proposed project will use this timeline and incorporate imagery from my research on Japanese American WW2 incarceration. I’ve amassed hundreds of photos over the years from eBay auctions of camp artifacts and ephemera. The work will be realized as a website and a set of videos/animations.

JUSTINE LAI is an artist based in New York City. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Cranbrook Academy of Art.