Thinking and Talking about Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia

Category: Articles

Consume Your Art Like a Snickers Bar?

(plu)ral, the art blog begins with The Society of the Spectacle, meets some misshappen heads on the Ratchaprasong Skywalk Art Maze and lands at the Art Stage Singapore 2017 media launch.

Crisis of Masculinity: Best Of (His Story)

By Matthew Lyon (480 words, 6-minute read) The Necessary Stage’s Best Of (His Story) is a response to the company’s 2013 monologue, Best Of that detailed a day in the life of a young Malay-Muslim woman. The project of the original…

Safe Space: Southeast Asia Choreolab

By Bilqis Hijjas (1536, 20-minute read) The recent US election has Bilqis Hijjas reflecting on the politics of minority safe spaces and her Southeast Asian identity. In the weeks since the US election, I have had ample opportunity to ponder…

PETA’s The Tempest Reimagined

The Philippine Educational Theatre Association’s The Tempest Reimagined (11 Nov – 4 Dec 2016) fuses the survivor  stories of 2013′ Typhoon Hainan/Yolanda, which claimed 6000 lives, with  Shakespeare’s classic tale of a catastrophic storm and its aftermaths. Read Murphy Report’s…

Full View: Women in Photography 2016

By Akanksha Raja (800 words, 8-minute read)   The second edition of Objectifs’ annual Women in Photography 2016 programme, co-presented with the Magnum Foundation, is a group exhibition featuring photographic works from 18 contemporary female artists associated with Magnum. While…

Necessary Nuance: Best Of (His Story)

 By Kathy Rowland (1010 words, 10-minute read)  Best of (His Story) is a monologue set on a crowded stage. A young man, alone in an apartment decorated by his wife, reflects on his marriage on the day his divorce is…

Notes from the Indonesian Dance Festival Workshop

Su-Wen Chi was one of four mentors at a week long workshop for young dancers at the Indonesian Dance Festival in Bobor, West Java in May this year. She recounts her experience working with contemporary Asian dancers and opening her…

The Word and the World Part 1

Gareth Richards and Mohd Izzuddin Ramli delve into Penang’s historical position as the site of translation in Southeast Asia, a precursor to the burgeoning independent publication scene in the region. (Source: Penang Monthly)

Voices From The Floor: World Summit on Arts and Culture

By Kathy Rowland (1600 words, 18-minute read) Moments of disruption during the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2016 revealed the contentious nature of Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century. More than 300 delegates from around the world gathered…

Review of Era Mahathir Exhibition

Chen May Yee explores the contradictions of Malaysia’s longest-serving Prime Minister in her review of  Ilham Gallery Kuala Lumpur’s Era Mahathir show. (Source: New York Times)