Saturday, August 1, 2009

UN-CUT09 in Denmark


The first Malaysian Arts festival in Denmark will be presenting a number of recognized artists from Malaysia who will be making live performances within the two weeks. The festival will give the public in Copenhagen and Roskilde a possibility to expand their knowledge of Malaysian art and expression.

The tile ‘Uncut’ has a double meaning. Part of the title is referred to the uncensored and open dissemination of art form. The other part of ‘Uncut is referred to the same word pronunciation in Malay ‘ angkat ‘, which means to lift. One of the festival’s goals is to lift and introduce Malaysian art to a new audience here in Denmark.

The public can experience the dancer and choreographer Aida Redza (b. 1969). Here in Denmark is Aida known for her performance at Kronborg in 2002 and her part in the Images of Asia 2003. Aida is one of Malaysia’s most intense and controversial choreographers. Her dance and choreography explores the relation between dream, play, resistance and revolution from a perspective of a Muslim woman.

20 Malaysian visual artists will exhibit their work in a group exhibition. Among them are National Laureate A.Samad Said, Ruzekki Harris, Samsudin Wahab, Zulkiflee Zainal Abidin, Suddin Lappo, Melissa Lin, Rahmat Haron and Haslin Ismail. The public will have the possibility to participate in a workshop with one of the artists; Fathullah Luqman Yusuff ( b. 1972 ). Fathullah, who is both singer/songwriter and visual artist deals with art therapy as a tool to work with children and teenagers.

There will also be screenings of Malaysian short films. The public can watch film interviews with a couple of the front figures in the Malaysian art world. The films debate about multiculturalism and tradition versus modernity. The interviews also debate the role of art in the society.

At last there will be poetry reading, music and dance performance during the festival while a variety of Malaysian food are being served.

About the organizer:

Uncut09 is organized by Malaysian visual artist Amir Zainorin and volunteers from the association Jambatan in cooperation with Malaysian artist and curator Nur Hanim Khairuddin, who is the editor for art magazine Sentap in Malaysia. Jambatan, which is a Malay word meaning ‘bridge’, seeks to build up a network between Danish and Asian artists. Uncut09 is organized with support from the National Art Gallery Malaysia, University of Science Malaysia, Sentap and Tourism Malaysia.

For further information and press photograph please contact.

Amir Zainorin: amirzainorin@gmail.,com/

Tel: +45 2940 9896


The official opening of the Festival will be officiated by H.E. Dato' Kamarudin Mustafa, from Embassy of Malaysia, Sweden on 7 Aug 2009 at 5 pm at Gallery Shambala, Rosengården 7, 1177

København K.

Rosengården 7, 1177 København K. TEL: 2940 9896
5 – 15 August

Group art exhibition of 20 contemporary artists from Malaysia

Opening time: 15.00- 18.00 Mon-Fri
10.00 – 14.00 Saturday

Stændertorvet 3D, 4000 Roskilde. TEL: 4631 6570
14 – 15 August

Screening of films from Malaysia:
Day 1: 14. August KL. 19.00 – 22.00
Video interview and Short films

Day 2: 15. August KL. 19 – 22.00
Video interview and Collection of films from Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, University of Science Malaysia

11 – 13 August
Nørre Alle 7, 2200 København. TEL: 3536 0528

Day 1: Tuesday 11. August


A studio based process will facilitate participants to experience a collaborative work with Aida Redza, Fathullah Luqman Yusuff and Amir Zainorin towards giving opportunity to create and showcase an interdisciplinary performance work to be presented on the 13 August.

Day 2: Wednesday August 12. 2009

DANCE WORKSHOPS KL. 10.00 – 19.00
Salen: Verdenskulturcentret

Workshop Fee: 100 Kr. per session

Aida Redza - a Malaysian dancer and choreographer will conduct her first new dance workshop rooted in tradition. The dance workshop is open to all interested in the process of 3R - Ritual, Rhythm, and Repetition in performance of the expressive body. The workshop is open to all interested. There will be two sessions of the workshop; A slow Intermediate class for young and new beginners from 10 - 12 am, and an advance Intermediate class from 5 -7 pm.

Interested participants please contact Aida Redza at tel: +45 2227 9072 or email for dance workshop collaboratium process.


A studio based process will facilitate participants to experience a collaborative work with Aida Redza, Fathullah Luqman Yusuff and Amir Zainorin towards giving opportunity to create and showcase an interdisciplinary performance work to be presented on the 13 August.

Day 3: Thursday August 13. 2009

ARTWORKSHOP - KL. 10.00 – 13.00

An art workshop will be conducted by Malaysian artist Fathullah Luqman Yusuff,

He will be making a group painting workshop session with the theme – spontaneity, impromptu, experimental and playing with color lines.

Participants will be invited to use their whole body in relation to the canvas which is placed on the floor rather than painting on an easel or against the wall.


Interested participants please contact Amir at Tel: +45 2940 9896 or email



A special performance will be staged at Salen and Cafetaria Verdenskulturcentret.

kl. 18.00 - 18.45 Poetry reading
Venue: Cafetaria
by Fathullah Luqman, Amir Zainorin and guest poet Ole Lillelund from Denmark.

kl. 19. 00 – 19.30 Music performance
by Fathullah Luqman - singer/songwriter, visual artist and poet.

He is known as an outsider edge musician and since 1997 he's been trained by artists from Malaysia and Indonesia in a more personal method of learning, leaning towards figurative expressionist style. Fathullah has done both solo and group exhibitions and he is also involved in art workshop/art therapy session as a medium to use art to reach out to society especially to teenagers and children.

kl. 19.45 – 20.15 Dance Performance
Venue- Salen
by Aida Redza – dancer and choreographer.

kl. 20.30 – 21.00 Collaboratorium showcase
Venue: Salen
by Aida Redza, Fathullah Luqman and Amir Zainorin.

22.00 Closed

Entrance: 75 kr inclusive of Malaysian food which will be served during the show.

For more information please visit the festival's blog at

Monday, June 29, 2009


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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Remembering PIYADASA

Thank you Amir Zainorin for sharing this video in memory of Redza Piyadasa who left us two years ago on 7th May.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

WUHUU 2009

Music Performance

Dance Performance
STAR-D Dance Group

Art & Lifestyle Bazaar
Street Signal
Art Syndrome
Icon clothing design
fine clothing
Urban Rebung
Plussixty Clothing
Makhluk Gorgon
E-ffa Stuffs
Thangkey imaginasi
Ipoh Music Community
O-two sponsor (TBA)
Abstrax Jingga
Malaya Distro
Our Happiness Clothing
The Brains
SukaHati Clothing
Thangkey Imaginasi

Super Sunday
Medium Touch
Pentas Event

Tronoh Theatre Shop (TBC)


Visual Art Exhibition

Penyertaan utk BOOTH, SCREENING, EXHIBITION dan INSTALLATION MASIH DI BUKA utk penyertaan contact zamir 013 5044 012 / Am 012 9890 524 utk maklumat lanjut

check out WUHUU 2008

Monday, March 30, 2009



ruangrupa present
4th Jakarta International Video Festival 2009

Exhibition, workshops, discussions, and award for the best works

28 July - 9 August 2009
National Gallery of Indonesia
Galeri Nasional Indonesia

COMEDY is an effective way to free ourselves from anxiety. As a critique that disguise itself as a form of entertainment, comedy helps us to reflect, laugh at ourselves, protest without anger, and turn calamity into hilarity. As a way to communicate, comedy never dies and has been accompanying us since time immemorial, from the form of comedy that uses the body as a medium to one that uses the audio-visual language.

adalah cara ampuh untuk melepaskan diri dari kecemasan. Sebagai kecaman kritis yang menyamar sebagai hiburan, komedi membuat kita bisa merefleksikan segala sesuatu, menertawakan diri sendiri, memprotes tanpa amarah, dan mengubah celaka menjadi jenaka. Sebagai cara berkomunikasi, komedi tak pernah mati dan telah menemani masyarakat sejak dulu, dari komedi yang menggunakan medium tubuh hingga kini dalam bahasa audio-visual.

OK. Video: Comedy will look at comedy as a form of communication using the medium of video, which responds to a variety of problems in critical ways. From the problems of the city, politics, power, modernity, technology, economy, generation, gender, tradition, religion, mass media, identity, pop culture, art, daily lives, to the general election. OK. Video Festival is focused on non-narrative video works and open for reconstructions, recording manipulations, and an array of experiments of the audio-visual language. We receive video works with a variety of approaches to comedy—from jokes, parodies, to absurd, satirical, sarcastic, vulgar, as well as tragic comedy.

OK. Video: Comedy akan melihat komedi sebagai bentuk komunikasi melalui medium video yang membicarakan berbagai permasalahan saat ini secara kritis. Dari permasalahan kota, politik, kekuasaan, modernitas, teknologi, ekonomi, generasi, gender, tradisi, agama, media massa, identitas, budaya pop, seni, keseharian, sampai pemilihan umum. OK. Video Festival fokus pada karya-karya video non-naratif (tanpa cerita) dan terbuka bagi rekonstruksi, manipulasi rekaman, dan berbagai eksperimen bahasa audio-visual. Kami menerima video dengan berbagai pendekatan komedi, dari lelucon, parodi, absurd, satir, sarkastik, vulgar, tabu, hingga komedi tragis.

Download Submission at

Video format: DVD, mini DV - PAL and multimedia file
with the duration of 3 to 15 minutes
produced in 2007 – 2009

Deadline: 31 May 2009
Registration fee: none

Send your work to:

Jl. Tebet Timur Dalam Raya No.6
Jakarta 12820

p/f: +62-21-8304220


OK. Video - Jakarta International Video Festival is a biannual video festival held since 2003 by ruangrupa, a contemporary art organization in Jakarta, Indonesia. OK. Video is one of the events organized by ruangrupa to discuss the social and cultural phenomena in Indonesia and the international world within a festival with a specific theme.

OK. Video - Jakarta Internasional Video Festival adalah festival video dua tahunan yang diselenggarakan sejak 2003 oleh ruangrupa, sebuah organisasi seni rupa kontemporer di Jakarta, Indonesia. OK. Video merupakan salah satu kegiatan ruangrupa untuk membahas fenomena sosial dan budaya di Indonesia dan dunia internasional dalam sebuah festival dengan tema spesifik.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


About the Artists:

Katsuyuki HATTORI, (b.1973) is a Japanese video artist, based in Tokyo. He has been active in producing single-channel videos and collaborated with many artists such as theatre choreographers, contemporary dancers, poets, musicians, and so on. He also produces live video performances. Hattori, who graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, co-founded several important video art organizations in Tokyo such as Tokyo: Spread Video Art Project, Art Lab. Goldenshit, and Video Art Center. His work has been shown internationally in Spain, Canada, Ireland, Australia, France, Mexico, China and Indonesia, amongst many countries.

SATO Hiroaki, (b. 1962) is a video artist cum musician who graduated from Nihon University, College of Art. He is also active in teaching video making and theory of image technology at the Nippon Engineering College and Nihon University College of Art, Department of Cinema. Sato also writes, mostly on video art.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mad(e) in Malaysia



Kuala Lumpur, 23rd January 2009 – R A Fine Arts – The Gallery announced today that they will be showcasing Malaysian contemporary artist Amir Zainorin in a solo exhibition entitled Mad(e) in Malaysia at Brick Lane Gallery, London from 17th to 30th March 2009.

Mad(e) in Malaysia will feature fifteen pieces of artwork by Amir which represent scenes of society and popular culture, with recurring political undertones, and yet are free from ethnic connotations.

It is not his intention to create works with a Malaysian identity but rather to render them as universal as possible. The characters, imagery and objects used in his works attempt to be “non-specific” and have an instant accessibility.

The influences in Amir’s works however are multiple, from pop art to music and culture, including classic television shows such as the “Lone Ranger”, “Superman” and “The Six Million Dollar Man” as well as Seventies music groups such as the Bee Gees and Abba to mention a few.

Amir’s works also specifically refers to Jeri Azhari, an iconic Malaysian artist, as well as Amir’s mentor, who gave him the artistic knowledge and background which initiated his artistic practice.

Amir’s works strive to show the norms of modern life while juxtaposing them with popular imagery through the technique of digital print. Among the popular imagery which are showcased is Sir Stamford Raffles sporting the Rafflesia flower as well as a camel which functions as comical imagery – the bizarre subverting the normal.

Zainorin’s works however are not merely aesthetic images – and despite his poetic approach – he also boldly questions a string of global issues such as social and political conflicts, power struggles within our capitalist society as well as notions of consumerism and the influential power of mass-media.

Zainorin’s work records, reminds, explores and at times highlights universal issues linked to identity, spirituality and modernity and expresses with sincerity and playfulness a vision devoid of monotony or cynicism.

His artworks have evolved from the consecutive layering of various mediums into complex collages, with the superimposed colourful tones and texture of acrylic paint.

This refined technique, where opacity and translucency complement each other, creates a quiet equilibrium in the composition of the image. Areas of bold colours, sometimes of contrasting tonality, sit perfectly with the layering of the more complex and detailed contents of glossy magazines, advertisements or newspaper articles.

Striking a balance between texture and opacity, detail and simplicity, colour and muted tones as well as spirituality and modernity, the artist explores the surface of his works with an almost instinctive approach, punctuating the surface with sentences, symbols, pauses and rhythm.

The guest curator for this exhibition is Badrolhisham Mohamad Tahir who is currently writing his PhD thesis on Aesthetic Communication at Edinburgh College of Art.

Amir Zainorin was born in Johor, Malaysia in 1963 and now lives and work in Copenhagen. After finishing his secondary school in Melaka, he attended business studies at Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh. After two years working in a bank in Kuala Lumpur, he went to the United States to continue his studies. After five years living in the US, he returned to Malaysia and worked in advertising and PR companies for five years before embarking on his artistic career.

* This exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


"CENTRAL PILLAR" organized by Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is a series of art and science talks that serves as the intellectual pillar of the Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah and the (USM) School of Arts. The series is presented through activities such as public lectures, mini-seminars, dialogues and workshops between students and cultural activists, as well as professional practitioners.
Topic: "Politics In Art"
Guest Lecture: Mr. Hasmi Hashim
Where: Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
When: Friday, February 27, 2009 at 3.00pm
Organizers: Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, (USM)

Admission is free

For further information, contact: 604- 6533888 ext 3261/2137/3267/2427

or e-mail: / / /

visit website:

Monday, February 2, 2009


Versi: Bahasa Malaysia Program Residensi Seni Rupa GALERI PETRONAS 2009


Program Residensi Seni Rupa GALERI PETRONAS dimulakan pada tahun 2008 sebagai peluang untuk penggiat-penggiat seni rupa Malaysia menyertai program residensi antarabangsa bagi suatu tempoh yang lanjut. Program ini membantu mengembangkan proses pengkaryaan dan kreatif yang baru, memudahkan peluang-peluang perkembangan professional untuk seniman-seniman terlibat dan menggalakkan dialog serta pertukaran pengetahuan. Penerima pertama Program Residensi Seni Rupa tahun 2008 ialah seniman Chan Kok Hooi yang telah menetap di Red Gate Gallery, Beijing dari 1 September hingga 30 October 2008.


Untuk tahun 2009, GALERI PETRONAS bekerjasama dengan Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, di Bandung Indonesia untuk menawarkan tempoh residensi selama 8 minggu di Bandung, yang memberi peluang kepada seniman Malaysia untuk menetap dan berkarya di Indonesia.

Seniman residensi ini akan turut berpeluang untuk mengadakan pameran karya-karya hasil dari residensi tersebut di GALERI PETRONAS pada tahun 2010.


Program Residensi tahun 2009 akan bermula dari 1 June hingga 31 July 2009


Program Residensi Seni Rupa GALERI PETRONAS adalah terbuka kepada seniman-seniman yang menetap dan bekerja di Malaysia. Seniman – seniman yang ingin memohon seharusnya mempunyai pengalaman selama sekurang-kurangnya 3 tahun sebagai penggiat seni yang aktif setelah lulus dari institusi pendidikan seni.

Kriteria pemilihan

Pemohon-pemohon perlu menunjukkan bahawa mereka:

· mempunyai tahap amalan profesional yang tinggi
· mempunyai komitment terhadap isu-isu dan perkaedahan kontemporari
· seorang yang mempunyai jati-diri, pintar akal, bertanggungjawab dan sanggup berdikari. Seniman residensi perlu menguruskan pelan kerja secara sendirian untuk memaksimakan pengalaman yang boleh didapati dari program ini.
· sedang mengusahakan suatu projek seni yang boleh mendapat manfaat dari penetapan di Bandung, Indonesia
· mempunyai keinginan dan berkebolehan untuk berkongsi ide-ide, pengetahuan dan maklumat
· seorang yang fleksibel, mudah menyesuaikan diri dan membawa diri secara positif

Tuan rumah Program Residensi tahun 2009

Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (SSAS) di Bandung, Indonesia telah ditubuhkan untuk membantu perkembangan seni dan budaya di Indonesia.

SSAS menyampaikan satu program seni yang pelbagai dan mudah didekati untuk penghayatan tempatan dan pelawat dari luar negeri selaku menyumbang kepada budaya hidup di Indonesia. Fokus program ini adalah seni halus kontemporari dan seni rupa secara umumnya, iaitu bidang rekabentuk, kraf, filem/video, fotografi dan seni bina.

Selain dari menganjurkan pameran-pameran koleksi seni tetap, SSAS juga mengadakan pameran-pameran solo dan berkumpulan oleh seniman-seniman yang makin muncul serta yang sudah mantap; bengkel-bengkel dan sesi-sesi perbincangan; program residensi seniman; program untuk kanak-kanak; program-program seni persembahan seperti konsert dan teater, serta aktiviti-aktiviti lain yang dipilih oleh Lembaga Kurator.

SSAS memulakan peluang-peluang untuk usaha kerjasama dan perangkaian pada tahap nasional serta antarabangsa bersama-sama para seniman, kurator, penyelidik, pemulihara dan semua pihak yang berminat terhadap pendidikan umum melalui aktiviti-aktiviti seni dan budaya.

Kemudahan yang disediakan

Program ini menampung kos tiket kapalterbang pergi-balik dari Bandung, tempat tinggal dan elaun harian (meliputi perbelanjaan makan-minum, kenderaan dan sebagainya) untuk tempoh residensi tersebut.

Proses permohonan dan tarikh akhir:

Setiap permohonan mesti merangkumi semua bahan-bahan (yang tidak akan dikembalikan) seperti berikut:
· butir-butir perhubungan yang lengkap termasuk alamat pos terkini, nombor-nombor telefon dan faksimili, emel dan laman web (jika ada)
· ringkasan atau CV terbaru dengan butir-butir mengenai pencapaian dalam bidang seni termasuk anugerah-anugerah yang diterima, penglibatan dalam pameran-pameran, karya yang pernah diterbit dan sebagainya
· 6 keping gambarfoto karya-karya terkini dalam format 'slide' (atau imej digital jika perlu) dan/atau VHS/DVD (di mana yang berkenaan). Sila kepilkan penghuraian ringkas mengenai setiap 'slide' dan karya yang dipertunjukkan.
· Satu kenyataan seniman yang menghuraikan dengan lebih lanjut mengenai karya-karya tersebut dan isu-isu yang dikendalikan
· lampiran salinan sebarang ulasan mengenai karya-karya tersebut (jika ada) dan katalog yang pernah diterbitkan (jika ada) akan membantu dalam permohonan anda
· lampiran surat yang menghuraikan sebab-sebab anda berminat terhadap program ini, bagaimana kegiatan seni anda boleh mendapat manfaat dan pencapaian yang diharapkan dari program ini.

Sila hantar permohonon anda kepada:

Rahel Joseph, GALERI PETRONAS, Lot 341 - 343, Level 3, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Talian terus: (03) 2331 5557

Tarikh akhir permohonan: 15 Mac 2009