Emergency: A Multi-Arts Festival!

September 22, 2008

Emergency: A Multi-Arts Festival!

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Five Arts Centre is proud to present,

Emergency: A Multi-Arts Festival!

The Annexe Gallery, Central Market 11am-7pm
Thursday October 16 – Sunday, October 26
Jalan Hang Kasturi Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
60377254858 fivearts@tm.net.my
Its page on Facebook + Official Site

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Sebuah Darurat Dua Minggu is a multi-arts event. The project examines and re-presents ideas, narratives, and images from the first Malayan Emergency, from 1948 to 1960.

The festival follows the on-going and exciting emergence of documentary arts practices in Malaysia which is a curious blend of re-examination and re-presentation of historical data, events and ideology by contemporary artists.

Project participants include many of Malaysians’ dynamic creative talent such as Amir Muhammad, Azmyl Yunor, chi too, Chu Chu Yuan, Elaine Pedley, Fahmi Fadzil, Fahmi Reza, Grey Yeoh, Hardesh Singh, Hari Azizan, Jerome Kugan, Leow Puay Tin, Lim Chung Wei, Marion D’Cruz, Mark Teh, Mislina Mustaffa, Norman Teh, Wong Tay Sy, Yee I-Lann and many more.

The project will comprise theatre performances, film screenings, an exhibition, plus an exciting roll of different interactive presentations daily. All events are free except for the theatrical performances.

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EMERGENCY FESTIVAL!

Events schedule below. Subject to change.
Exact dates and times for specific events TBC.

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12 YEARS

Exhibition – Thu 16 to Sun 26 Oct 2008, 11am to 5pm
Curated by Wong Tay Sy, Norman Teh and Grey Yeoh

“[T]he victor writes the history while the loser fades away….” Is that always true? Challenging this notion along with new ways of presenting history without being preachy, one-sided and linear, curators Wong Tay Sy, Grey Yeoh and Norman Teh explore the Malayan Emergency. The exhibition focuses on contextualising visual materials from the Malayan Emergency within our contemporary framework and offers an alternative and interactive approach to presenting history. A key element of this exhibition is the demonstration of the effect of the “presentation” of history. This effect of documentation is viewed from the perspective of the contemporary project collaborators and the interpretation of historical materials from the Emergency era.

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Operasi Oktober

Thu 16 to Sun 19 Oct 2008, 8.30pm
Theatre Performance – Directed by Fahmi Fadzil

Fresh from winning “Best Group Performance” at the 6th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards, Fahmi Fadzil directs an improvised tale where “over a series of encounters, four people meet in anticipation of a revolution, but they don’t know that it has already begun.”

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New Village People

Thu 21 to Sun 26 Oct 2008, 8.30pm
Theatre Performance – Directed by Hari Azizan

Hari Azizan, director of the much publicised “Vagina Monologues” brings us a story where “the lives of two good friends change forever when they are forced to leave everything behind by the British army and start afresh in a New Village during the Malayan Emergency.”

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Revolusi ‘48

Mon 20 to Sun 26 Oct 2008, 8.30pm
Film Screening -Directed by Fahmi Reza

The sequel to Fahmi Reza’s highly successful “Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka”, “Revolusi ‘48″ follows the largely unknown armed revolution for national liberation launched against British colonial rule in Malaya 60 years ago. This documentary tells the untold story of those who struggled in the anti-colonial guerilla war of independence, during the Malayan Revolution of 1948.

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Presentations, performance & participatory events

Re: Search Re: Source

Thu 16 to Sun 26 Oct 2008, event time varies
Curated by Mark Teh

Mark Teh continues his dissection of historical events (“Baling (membaling)”; “Dua, Tiga Dalang Berlari”) with an investigation and re-presentation of themes, issues and stories from the Malayan Emergency period. With participation from some of Malaysia’s foremost creative personalities, history is presented as an activity that can be creative and participatory.

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Please refer to the forthcoming festival guide for time and date of presentations. These presentations include:

  • Filmmaker Imri Nasution will examines the parallel developments in studio-era Malay film industry and the Emergency.
  • Writer-filmmaker Amir Muhammad will provide alternative interpretations of films made during the Emergency.
  • Visual artist Chu Chu Yuan of 1948 Artspace will talk about the “Entry Points” art projects in the New Village community of Seri Kembangan, Serdang.
  • Visual artist Yee I-Lann will provide a fascinating perspective on the geography and history of Sabah before, during and after the Emergency.
  • Filmmaker-designer Fahmi Reza will present a 1-hour performance-lecture, every day throughout the Emergency Festival!
  • Dancer-choreographers Marion D’Cruz & Elaine Pedley will create a lecture-demonstration of Communist propaganda dances.
  • Playwright Leow Puay Tin will curate and perform a selection of texts about or from the year of Merdeka.
  • Singer-songwriter Azmyl Yunor will rearrange songs from the Emergency era, as well as create new songs inspired by this time.
  • Poet-singer-songwriter Jerome Kugan will DJ two nights of “Disko Darurat”!
  • Composer-new media activist Hardesh Singh will create a sound installation using music, sounds & speeches collected from the Emergency era.

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Orwell’s farm at klpac

September 22, 2008

“They are idiots before the revolution; they are still idiots after the revolution” -Adapted from a novel by George Orwell and script written by Ian Wooldridge -
animal-farm-in mandarin klpac pentasproject

In Mandarin with English subtitles,

Animal Farm

Pentas 2, The KLPAC, Map
RM 37, RM 27 (Students, Disable & Senior Citizens)
9-18 October @ 8:30pm
12 October @ 3:00pm + 8:30pm
19 October @ 3:00pm only
No show on 13 October
(KLPac) 4047 9000 / (TAS@BSC) 2094 9400
012-266 1579 / 012- 277 8871 / info@pentasproject.com
Its page on Facebook + Pentas Project Website

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A political metaphoric performance presented by the most promisisng force of theatre in 2008.

George Orwell’s scathing destruction of the dictatorial governance of Communism, “Animal Farm” was written in 1945. Yet, what is its relevance today? In 2008, Pentas Project will boldly question the complications of power and greed, capita;ising upon the boiling discontentment of the people and the strange political and social phenomena which is real life for many.

This is a shattering story of totalitarianism, desire, grees and corruption – forcing you to face the actual collective consciousness of the worst of human weaknesses.

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They are idoits before the revolution; they are still idiots after the revolution.

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- Adapted from a novel by George Orwell and script written by Ian Wooldridge.

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Director : Loh Kok Man
Chinese Script : Tan Yan Tee
Cast : Gan Hui Yee + Ling Tang + Chen Huen Phuei + Chin Lee Ling + Lim Tiong Wooi + Moo Siew Keh

Production Manager : Au Sow Yee
Set Design : Caecer Chong
Music & Sound Design : Bernad Goh + Terrence Chong
Costume Design : Dominique Devorsine
Lighting Design : Loh Kok Man

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Annexe merdeka weekend collision

August 30, 2008

Sunday 31st August 2008, 12pm to 2pm Lecture. From Panji To The Present ~ A short history of sexuality in Malaysia and South East Asia by Dr Farish A Noor at the Annexe Gallery, Central Market.There’s loads of other stuff going on as well.

the annexe central marketart-for-grabs central market

Was at class today and I was informed that there’s a makeup test tomorrow/Sunday/Merdeka Day, for both papers at 10am.

Which forced me to skip my friends wedding tonight and this

Sunday 31st August 2008, 12pm to 2pm Lecture
From Panji To The Present ~ A short history of sexuality in Malaysia and South East Asia
by Dr Farish A Noor at The Annexe Gallery, Central Market.

There’s loads of other stuff going on as well. Loads. Super for art enthusiasts. More info here.

Meant to meet Michelle Yeoh there, who is busy preparing the launch of ProjectMalaysia.org. Which is really really soon. :)

Pictures: rwp wellington, eindhoven, kuala lumpur, melbourne, singapore

August 25, 2008

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In Civic Square, Wellington. Photo by Alastair Smith

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Read while Waiting Project

“To think that it was just an idea you had some 3 months ago to where it is now. You’ve done so much, am proud of you.”
- Miss Not Ascertainable

RWP first crossed my mind in early May 2008. While I was pushing my bike on the highway after it ran out of petrol. It was one of the best times of my life.

I’ve been a law graduate since December 2007, and could be earning perhaps RM2000 a month for an employer silly enough to pay me that kind of money. But I’m not.

Instead I’m a self-employed unpaid pseudo activist doing what I feel like doing and persuading as many people as I can reach, convincing them why they should listen to this madman.

Whether you commend or criticise the Read while Waiting Project, but henceforth at some point in your life, it has (even) subconsciously moved you to read as oppose to not doing anything productive with that time, I then, have achieved what I set out to do.

RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks

*All pictures you see here are also available on Facebook.

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Melbourne

“I just left the place. Although tak ramai, I’m really happy with it. Ada dalam 6, 7 orang, and they are all totally strangers, grouped together to read books. Best douh. Thanks a lot bro. You taught me something there and I felt it.”
- Izhar Moslim

To promote the participation and awareness of RWP, RA has done 3 things (1st video, 2nd video & 23rd August flashmob) and have 1 more remaining. That is, the BookCrossing gathering.

It is where people, strangers and friends, would meet up to either loan or give away books. This gathering will be done in a few months time.

Below are pictures from Melbourne. It was coordinated by Izhar Moslim, who arranged for 400 RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks to be delivered to Melbourne at the last minute via Afiah Hafiz.

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Eindhoven

“P.S. = it was .. niceeee !!!”
- Chiara Mafucci

RWP has 2 main objectives
1. To see more people reading (any form of literature) whenever they wait
2. To make people more conscious of whenever they are about to go somewhere and know that some waiting will be involved, then bring something to rea
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Below are pictures from Eindhoven. It was coordinated by Chiara Mafucci. Chiara is from the south of Italy and works in Eindhoven. Zain HD had dinner with her in when he was in Eindhoven for one night (November 2007).

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Singapore

“Hmmm..it’s raining here.”
- Sofiah Jamil

The reason why RA picked the ‘waiting’ element is because of the baby steps approach.

Don’t try to get someone who does not even read to start the habit, buying literature and/or set an over optimistic goal.

Below are pictures from Singapore. It was coordinated by Sofiah Jamil. She is researcher at the NTU Rajaratnam School of International Studies and co-founder of Itchy Traveller.

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Kuala Lumpur

“Zain, great fun meeting you yesterday. Enjoyed the RWP. Let’s think of something fun for World AIDS Day please!”
- Marina Mahathir

The idea was to get a person comfortable with the idea of reading in the first place, and then what that person does subsequently, is up to them.

And the simplest way to do it, is to get them to not allocate a time of the day specially for reading, but to fill it in between things they already are doing.

Below are pictures from Kuala Lumpur (taken by Joshua Ong). It was coordinated by Zain HD of RA. He needs a break.

RWP also got picked up in New Zealand by two influential bloggers. Social commentator Paul Reynolds and former managing director & publisher of Penguin NZ, Graham Beattie. With the help from Paul, RWP was promoted on the Christchurch City Council Library Official Blog and the National Radio of New Zealand.

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Random Attire

RWP is one of RA’s pro bono projects. Support our projects by donning these t-shirts.

RWP bookmark

July 20, 2008

“You’re a workaholic. And if you’re not careful, it’s something that will always be. xxx”
-N/A

For the moment:
The Ultimate (Live)- The Roots

*This post was originally written on 28 June.

RWP BookmarkIf you are visiting this website today, because you received the RWP bookmark, then you have made RA and it’s efforts happy. And a step closer to making RWP a success.

Read the main posting on RWP, that explains the whole project, here.

Join RWP on Facebook.

*If you really support and believe in this project, then take those bookmarks, pass it to someone you know. Leave it on your colleagues desk, in your classmates pencil box or next to your relative’s jamban. Whatever. As long as it gets the message around and delivered. Baby steps.

*If you want some more bookmarks/cards, let us know. We’ll meet up and pass it to you. We distributed more than 750 at KLue Urbanscapes and will be printing more.

One of the main basis of RWP is that it carries the Pay It Forward approach. So what we have done is that to make bookmarks that look like this.

We ordered 1000 of it.

And decided that we should distributed in batches of 3 so that the recipient can share it to more than 1 person.

Last night it arrived at my house and I sat down alone for almost 4 full hours, wrapping 999 RWP bookmarks with 333 black rubber bands.


Multiplies of 3 will get you 333 batches with one extra odd card out. The blue dot on the W, is that extra 1.

Because I’m just that gatal, I decided to use more rubber bands to put everything together.

The quote above, was an sms from someone who knows me only too well. My first time being told so. Something I didn’t notice for myself. Something I needed to hear for myself.

Again, if you are visiting this website today, because you received the RWP bookmark, then you have made RA and it’s efforts happy. And a step closer to making RWP a success.

Thank you. :)

Pictures: LUM flashmob 12 July

July 17, 2008

4.30pm: RandomAgents start congregating.

5.45pm: Most of us took a train to KLCC. Some walked.

6.05pm: Gather at KLCC Pond

6.20pm: Banners go up.

4th Floor Kinokuniya. R e a d

2nd Floor Signatures Food Court. w h i l e W a i ti n g P r o je c t

6.22pm: Banners go down

6.25pm: Distributed some RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks at KLCC Pond

6.27pm: Disperse

6.35pm: Burger King, Avenue K.

The whole process was exciting thanks to those helped out and also to those who came.

We have 4 projects in the span of 6 weekends. This Sunday 20 July at the Malaysian Flower Show at Lake Gardens will be the last one before our break (till 23 Aug). On top of that, the birth of RandomAttire. It has been madness. Once things have cooled down abit, we will do the videos for the recent projects.

Banners by Firdaus Ahmad.
Photos by Juliana Hilton & Shazeea Banu.

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Look Up More flashmob Gathering Point revealed
5pm Saturday 12 July
Carpark on Jalan Ampang
Opposite Dang Wangi Putra LRT Entrance
Near Concorde Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe. Across Wisma Denmark/Safuan Building.

*To participate, just be there. Bring a book, magazine or newspaper. That is all.

Look Up More

Join LUM on Facebook.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for LUM. Scroll down.

Anyone and everyone can be a RandomAgent.
Just be there at the Gathering Point at 5pm on Saturday 12 July.
Location of Gathering Point will be announce at 9pm on Wednesday 9 July.

*We will announce the Gathering Point on 9pm Wednesday 9 July on RandomAlphabets.com It will be somewhere accessible in KL.

FAQ for LUM

  1. Do I have to come?
  2. You guys are weird. I just bought this new top. It’s fabulous. It’s super super low cut. Cause you know…KL weather. I don’t understand how people can still wear t-shirts. Anyway, can I wear my new top to LUM? Promise I’ll try to not steal the limelight. ;)
  3. I don’t get it. Ok. So how do I participate?
  4. OMG OMG ZZZOMG. Can you tell me first? I won’t tell anyone I pwoomisss. ;)
  5. :(
  6. Yaaaa. Got it! RA did ‘Rob!’ at KLue Urbanscapes. Is LUM going to be at another event? I prefer it that way cause I have sooo many things to do then to just go to a flashmob and then leave.
  7. Errrr. Errmm. Hurrmmm. What do you mean by clean? I don’t like doing flashmobs in the bathroom okkkay.
  8. Ok. But, how am I going to be certain that it’s fun?
  9. Sheesh! I’m just asking. I’m a busy person. If I know it’s going to turnout great, then I’d come.
  10. Yea right. WtvRR (whateveRR). I’m not coming.

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1. Do I have to come?
No.

2. You guys are weird. I just bought this new top. It’s fabulous. It’s super super low cut. Cause you know…KL weather. I don’t understand how people can still wear t-shirts. Anyway, can I wear my new top to LUM? Promise I’ll try to not steal the limelight. ;)
If anyone wants to see a polluted longkang, there’s Sungai Kelang.

3. I don’t get it. Ok. So how do I participate?
Just be there at the Gathering Point at 5pm on Saturday 12 July. RA will only announce the location of the Gathering Point at 9pm on Wednesday 9 July on RandomAlphabets.com.

4. OMG OMG ZZZOMG. Can you tell me first? I won’t tell anyone I pwoomisss. ;)
No.

5. :(
Seriously. We’re not telling.

6. Yaaaa. Got it! RA did ‘Rob!’ at KLue Urbanscapes. Is LUM going to be at another event? I prefer it that way cause I have sooo many things to do then to just go to a flashmob and then leave.
No. LUM will not be at an event hosted by someone else. LUM will be very very very similar to KL Freeze in Unison. It’s that kind of flashmob.

At the same time, still clean, random and fun.

7. Errrr. Errmm. Hurrmmm. What do you mean by clean? I don’t like doing flashmobs in the bathroom okkkay.
By clean meaning we don’t meddle with politics, religion and Britney Spears.

8. Ok. But, how am I going to be certain that it’s fun? Are there going to be alot of annoying girls?
At the end of the flashmob, to wrap things up, we are going to shove our foot up your arse.

9. Sheesh! I’m just asking. I’m a busy person. If I know it’s going to turnout great, then I’d come.
If your parents knew you were going to turnout this way, they wouldn’t have had sex.

10. Yea right. WtvRR (whateveRR). I’m not coming.
You were not invited.

Pictures from Rob!

June 30, 2008

Adrian Yap KLue UrbanscapesOur victim for Rob! was Adrian Yap. He’s the publisher and/or chief editor and/or boss of KLue magazine. :)

Late May: RA at KLue magazine for an interview (which will appear in their July issue) by Sarah Chan. As we were leaving, Didi asked us if we could do a flashmob for Urbanscapes.

Early June: Another meeeting. This time with Didi, Darren and Valene. RA proposed about 6 ideas and they picked Rob!

Mid June: RA sent out invitations for Rob! via RandomAlphabets.com and Facebook.

After that Early June meeting, we had to decide what random name to use because we didn’t want to call out ‘Rob!’. After brainstorming in deep thought (for 15 seconds!), our side blurted,

why don’t you saboh your boss Adrian Yap?

And we saw 3 wide smiles.

All pictures courtesy of Niki Cheong. Also thanks to Wei Nye, Kay Margera and Zam Nayan for helping out.

A photographer and videographer was meant to follow Adrian throughout the whole flashmob. However shortly before we started he disappeared. We later receive word from our collaborator, Valene from KLue (subordinate of the victim himself), that he was indeed in hiding.

In fact, he sent an sms to her saying something along the lines of “you think I’m stupid is it?!”

Nevertheless, that said we still did achieve the desired effect of a flashmob. Although later (or even by now) a bulk of the spectators knew it was a setup. But after all, it was KLue Urbanscapes. The crowd is somewhat familiar with the notion of flashmob. :)

We overheard people saying,

Ey, who is this Adrian Yap?

Eh this Adrian Yap owe people money or what?!

Is he someone’s ‘tau khei’ (anak buah gangster-as Wei Nye translates for me)

Hmmm. Is this somesort of a game? Where is Adrian?

These are the RandomAlphabets people I think.

Wtf?

I don’t know who he is but I’ll join in. Adrian!!!!

Below is the video RA did for Rob!

*Join our next flashmob, LUM : Look Up More. Below is the invitational video.

*We also distributed more than 750 of the Pay It Forward Bookmarks for RWP. :)

RWP Bookmark

randomKLX starting point revealed

June 14, 2008

RandomActs: clean random fun. :)

This email contain 2 important information. Please read them carefully to avoid embarrassing yourself.

1. Location.
2. Surprise instruction.
1. KL Sentral Concourse. KLX only refers to 1 clock.

Next to McDonalds, there is a Maybank ATM. Next to the ATM, there is a clock. That is our clock. Gather anywhere near this clock, not necessarily infront of it. As long as you can see the time so that you can press Play at exactly 5pm.

Do not loiter or crowd the clock area at KL Sentral too early. Just be there 2 minutes beforehand.

2. Buy a Putra LRT ticket to Kelana Jaya. We may or may not go there. ;)
Make sure you buy it BEFORE 5pm. If you don’t, you will be left behind.

Remember, when the clock says 5pm, 0minutes and 0seconds, you press Play.

Reminder:
Do not bring any type of camera. KLX is participatory. We have assigned a group of photographers and videographers to do the job. KLX is not a circus and we don’t want clowns with their eyes focusing through an electronical lens. Only show up if you are wearing the proper dress and ready to participate and have fun!

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