VIRTUAL ART: FRAGMEN: SENI TEKAT BENANG EMAS
Date and Time: Unlimited
Tekat benang emas or gold thread embroidery is a traditional textile craft from Perak that can trace its history back to the 15th century.
This short video - in Bahasa Malaysia - is presented by the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas). It features craftswoman Azizah Adam from Perak's Kampung Padang Changkat Bukit Chandan, who gives viewers a glimpse of this Malay textile heritage world. Azizah has over 45 years of experience practising this intricate craft, leaving her golden touch on thousands of textile pieces.
Fragmen: Seni Tekat Benang Emas can be streamed for free via Finas’ Youtube channel.
MINI VIDEO SERIES: "BAKAT MUDA SEZAMAN 2021 AT GMBB"
Date and time: Unlimited
Look no further if you're keen to find out about newcomer Malaysian artists. Here's a series featuring Bakat Muda Sezaman 2021 (BMS2021) documentation videos for artists such as Nur Fera Ereen, Rais Azmi, Lim Bo Qiang and Chow Chin Sien, and Chloe Yap Mun Ee, who exhibited works at GMBB in Kuala Lumpur last December.
GMBB, a creative community mall, partnered the National Art Gallery for the recent BMS2021. As a venue for "Art on Site", the mall served as the home for a series of installations featuring emerging artists that represent the country's visual art future.
It recently launched a video series featuring the five artists whose works were installed at GMBB for BMS2021.
Rais shares his public art views and pandemic hopes through his Solitary Wall installation series, Nur Fera captures how digital art, technology and the human touch can co-exist in her Alam Maya work, the duo of Lim Bo Qiang and Chow Chin Sien discuss how art and motion graphics can add "life and soul" to an installation like The New Visible Horizon, and lastly, Chloe Yap Mun Ee employs her filmmaking background to straddle the thin line between reality and fiction in her artwork I don’t really want you to see me, but I still want to show you.
View the videos here.
VIRTUAL TALK: WEI-LING GALLERY PODCAST EPISODE 28
Date and time: Unlimited
In the latest episode of the Wei-Ling Gallery Podcast, visual artist Chin Kong Yee talks about his relationship with this KL gallery, and his latest work for the A Paradigm Shift – Reflecting on Twenty Years Of The Malaysian Art Scene exhibition which ends next week (Aug 6).
The 49-year-old, known for his panoramic artworks, had his very first solo exhibition (Undulating Spaces) at Wei-Ling Gallery in 2003, a time when he was still painting from his parents' home. Chin also shares how his work has evolved over the last two decades. A Paradigm Shift is held in conjunction with Wei-Ling Gallery's 20th anniversary.
The podcast can be streamed for free via Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
VIRTUAL FILM: ADAM ASHBURN’S SHOWREEL
Date and time: until July 31
Catch the extended run of this dark comedy in case you missed its last virtual showing. This experimental satire, directed by Roger Liew, is a love/hate letter to Malaysian cinema.
The plot centres on first-time actor Adam Abu Bakar, who stumbles onto a movie audition that catapults him to popularity, as he is quickly cast in the lead part of Malaysia's most ambitious actor's reel. Adam Ashburn’s Showreel features an ensemble of theatre actors, namely Aaron Teoh, Arjun Thanaraju, Putrina Rafie, Ali Alasri, Nabil Musawir and Yiky Chew with Wong Chun Yiu, Aryana Sofea, and Amir Rahim as Adam Ashburn.
Adam Ashburn’s Showreel, ticketed, can be streamed via CloudTheatre.
More info here.
WEBINAR: OF EYEBROWS AND FLAGPOLES: ART DECO IN MALAYSIA
Date and Time: Aug 4, 6.30pm
This is Badan Warisan Malaysia’s final part of the ‘Art Deco’ webinar series.
Architect and Badan Warisan Malaysia’s council member Anand Krishnan moderates this session featuring architect Yvonne Leong and senior lecturer Simon Soon. Explore Art Deco in 1930s Kuala Lumpur architecture through a series of buildings that were designed by Arthur Oakley Coltman of Booty, Edwards & Partners.
In focusing on the Oriental building, the Rubber Research Institute, the Anglo-Oriental building, Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation building, and the Lee Rubber building, the talk aims to identify some of Art Deco’s distinctively playful stylistic features in the capital city. The Art Deco style, which first appeared in France in 1925, is known for its sleek and anti-traditional design, which symbolised wealth and sophistication.
Of Eyebrows and Flagpoles: Art Deco In Malaysia will be streamed via Zoom for free. Registration required.
More info here.