Thursday, October 22, 2020
Unfortunately our Walking the Talk programme, as so much else, was abruptly cut short by the Movement Control Order responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and for now it has been left hanging.
However, as promised ten months ago, you can now catch footage of Walking the Talk sessions, as follows:
The discussion series kicked off with Art That Makes Malaysia led and moderated by Simon Soon at HOM Art Trans in September 2019, with panelists Okui Lala, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Uncle Rajah and Yee I-Lann.
The second session was a closed-door gathering with art history students and alumni from University of Malaya moderated by Emelia Ong with speakers Tan Sei Hon, Zabas and Beverly Yong, How Would You Write the History of Malaysian Art?
We then co-organised a talk at PORT Ipoh during their Ipoh International Arts Festival, supported by Balai Seni Negara: Why React? Making Art in Troubled Times, moderated by Nur Hanim Khairuddin, introducing presentations by artists Ahmad Fuad Osman, Azizan Paiman and Chang Yoong Chia.
Heading on to Penang, we collaborated with Ruang Kongsi and School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia for Missing Links: Piecing together a Penang Art Scene, moderated by Sarena Abdullah and Beverly Yong, with speakers Hasnul J. Saidon, Hoo Fan Chon, Ooi Kok Chuen and Tang Hon Yin. Unfortunately, there is no available recording of the lively Kerusi Hangat focus session by Ruang Kongsi, where we heard about some fantastic initiatives by different actors on the local scene, as well as current concerns and ideas about how the scene is developing.
For documentation, thank you so much to MARS, PORT, and Penang Art District and the documentation team they supported to record the session.
Still working on the footage from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching!
Monday, December 30, 2019
With the fourth and final volume of the series now published, RogueArt have been on the road with Narratives in Malaysian Art, collaborating with educational institutions, art spaces and collectives around the country for a programme of discussions, Walking the Talk.
NMA has always been about gathering knowledge and building discourse, and with so much happening in the art scene over the past decade since the project first began, especially beyond the Klang Valley "hub", it has been interesting to see what kinds of further conversations might arise to do with histories, practices and infrastructures. New generations of practitioners and students, moving in a much changed art world, have voiced both fresh and familiar questions.
We've been very grateful for the support and enthusiasm of all those involved to date, in KL, Ipoh, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Walking the Talk goes to Hin Bus Depot in George Town next, on 14 Jan 2020, for a discussion on "Missing Links: Piecing Together a Penang Art Scene" in collaboration with School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Ruang Kongsi; and conversations at Ilham Gallery and UiTM Shah Alam are also in the pipeline.
We are currently working on uploading the footage of each discussion session on YouTube, so do watch this space....
Sunday, September 29, 2019
10 years after the project launch, we are very happy to announce the completion of the
Narratives in Malaysian Art/Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia series with the publication of
Volume 4: Perspectives/Jilid 4: Perspektif.
Congratulations to all contributors, and thank you for your patience!
Many thanks to Balai Seni Negara/The National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur for hosting the launch event on Saturday 28 September, and to Puan Zanita Anuar, Director of Exhibition Services, Collection and Conservation gave welcoming remarks.
Co-editors Simon Soon and Yap Sau Bin presenting the books to guest speakers TK Sabapathy and Yuarajah Kandasamy ("Uncle Rajah")
Thanks Dr Steve, the 30 Art Friends and our many sponsors and supporters!
Contributor Ray Langenbach
Uncle Rajah, former gallery assistant of at the National Art Gallery (1977-2014), and contributor to Volume 4, reminding us why and how we can support art and artists (listen on Facebook)
TK Sabapathy said some very nice things about the project! (listen on Facebook)
So glad it's all done!
Thank you to Balai Seni Negara for the great photos.