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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (6 – 12 Aug 2018)

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The Fall of the House of Usher, Lot’ng Arts Space, 2–12 Aug

Promising a twisted journey into the mind of a mysterious house and the equally enigmatic residents. Presented by theatrethreesixty, this play is directed by Nicole-Ann Thomas, and the performance highlights physical theatre.

More info here.

 


2+1 = TIGA trio, at Space.Toccata, 8 Aug, 8:30pm

A performance by TIGAtrio, comprised of Ng Chor Guan (Malaysia), Jay Afrisando (Indonesia) and Daniel De Mendoza (Colombia), featuring a combination of theremin, electronic, winds and double bass. The trio will be performing through live performances of Guan and Jay, with telematic approaches by Daniel in Colombia. Admission by minimum donation RM30.

More info here.

Live Sparkles: Leaism, Andrea Lee, Stemilyn, at Live Fact, 10 Aug, 8pm

Live Fact’s Live Sparkles music discovery series features an all-female line up this month, with singer-songwriters Leaism, Stemilyn and Andrea Lee (vocalist and keyboardist of local electro band Like Silver). The night promises an intimate night of good, original music. Admission is RM25. RSVP livefactkl@gmail.com

More info here.

Artitude, at 2 Hang Kasturi, 10-12 Aug

A 3-days arts & crafts bazaar showcasing young, independent and creative Malaysians. The vendor list is growing, with names familiar to those who attend creative bazaars within Klang Valley. Recommended highlight: get your portrait done by Shika.

More info and vendors listed here.

NIGHT TAPE VOL 1, at Mou Tou, 11 Aug, 8:30pm

Presented by electronica music label mü-nest and independent artist space Moutou, this show features electronic synth pop duo FNGDY, singer-songwriter Stemilyn, and mü-nest founder DJ Wei. Admission by donation: RM15. While you’re there, pop by the other venues on separate storeys of the same building to see what’s happening, including group exhibition DecayedJungle (next listing).

More info here.

DecayedJungle, at Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space & Mou Tou, 5–19 Aug, 11am–7pm (closed Mondays).

A group exhibition by S?&K!&Y? that looks at the spaces in between states of existence. Sounds, objects and documentation are collected and retranslated into different forms for the exhibition.

The first part of the exhibition will be at Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space, and the second at Moutou 無頭體 (the venues are located on different floors within the same building).

More info here.

Publika Jazz 2018, at The Square, Publika, 10–11 Aug, 7pm

An annual jazz festival that showcases international and local jazz musicians. International featured acts include Havana Social Club (Ciba), Gee Lana Gig (Indonesia | Venezuela), and Ajako Jazz Kollektive (Japan, Indonesia, Thailand). There are some great local bands in the line up too. I’m personally partial to Nadir, and Evelyn Feroza, but it looks like a good line-up throughout. Admission is free.

More info here.

A House Divided: Gendered Spaces in Colonial Penang, Bilik Seminar 1 of Cultural Centre (University of Malaya), 10 Aug, 4pm

Dr. Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz brings attention to the gendered spaces in colonial housing. She will be sharing her investigations into the use of domestic spaces within the colonial context of Penang through a gender lens, and its shift in economic and social changes of an early 20th century urbanisation phase. Dr Mai is teaching Southeast Asia’s culture and history at several German universities, and has a Ph.D. in Art History.

More info here.

The Emblem and the Betel-box: Malay Royal Regalia and the Colonial Archive, at OUR ArtProjects, 10 Aug, 8:30pm

Dr Mulaika Hijjas, specialist in Malay manuscript tradition, presents a paper on royal regalia in South East Asia. The paper discusses two instances in which Malay royal regalia entered the colonial archive: the seizure of the Johor-Riau regalia by the Dutch in 1822, and that of of the Perak regalia by the British during the war of 1875-6.

Image “Sultan of Kutai and his regalia,” Jean Demmeni, c. 1895.
More info here.
Open Meeting #1: O for Other, at Malaysia Design Archive, 11 Aug, 2pm

An open meeting to discuss ideas that will help shape an upcoming collaborative blogging project. ‘O for Other’ aims to investigate histories through visual and material culture to raise interesting questions about ideas of change. Questions tackled will include the horizons of national history, many ways of remembering, possibilities of exploring the past through objects, and next steps.

More info here.

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