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To Biennale or Not To Biennale (Part II)

By Sunitha Janamohanan (2610 words, 30-minute read) This is the second of a two-part essay on origins and rise of  biennales within the context of Malaysia’s aspirations for a world-class international visual art mega-exhibition. Read Part I here.  Part II…

To Biennale or Not To Biennale (Part I)

By Sunitha Janamohanan (2900 words, eight-minute read)   This is the first of a two-part essay on origins and rise of  biennales within the context of Malaysia’s aspirations for a world-class international visual art mega-exhibition. Read Part II here.  Part…

In the Studio: Hà Trí Hiếu

  By Đỗ Tường Linh for & Of Other Things Photographs by Nic Shonfeld   A cramped maze lies between Khâm Thiên street and the Temple of Literature. Slim houses and makeshift shacks hosting all-you-could-possibly-need shops snuggle up to 1960s…

Preview: Dear Jay by Blue Bean Productions

By Akanksha Raja (530 words, 5-minute read) Blue Bean Productions’ maiden show Dear Jay was spawned from a series of e-mail exchanges between producer and lead actor Benedict Leong and playwright Euginia Tan, about personal experiences coping with mental illness. They had…

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…

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…