Out-of-box idea for virtual creativity


Participants of the residency programme will have to conceptualise their thoughts and emotions on the work-from-home culture into art installations. — Filepic

A SARAWAK-BASED creative community hub will host a virtual art residency programme to help Malaysian artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Haus Kch’s “K[otak]ku” programme aims to encourage experimentation and innovation in artistic creation while supporting career sustainability through capacity-building in self-management and documentation skills.

“With K[otak]ku, we are delving into the digital creative space for the first time, ” said Haus Kch executive director Syed Rusydie Syed Habib.

“Much of what we envision for this project is directed at helping emerging artists continue creating artworks for the foreseeable future, ” he said.

Throughout the month-long, stay-at-home residency starting Feb 17,12 selected Malaysian

artists will conceptualise their thoughts and emotions on the work-from-home culture – necessitated by the pandemic – into art installations that are produced within their personal spaces.

The selected artists will receive funding amounting to RM1,100, mentorship on documentation skills as well as time and budget management.

“Through documenting the process of their artwork in photos and video, the residency hopes to foster good documentation ethics.

“The photographs and videos will be part of each artist’s residency outcome, ” said Syed Rusydie.

Syed Rusydie: We feel that budding artists in Malaysia should get all the assistance they can.Syed Rusydie: We feel that budding artists in Malaysia should get all the assistance they can.

At the end of the residency, the artists will take turns to host an art exhibition online to present their work.

A compilation video from all the artists’ documentation will wrap up the programme.

Haus Kch is Kuching’s first creative arts hub.

It provides a space where individuals and groups from different artistic and creative backgrounds can meet, collaborate and showcase their work.

According to its creators, Haus Kch is meant to be an accessible place not only for artists and creative groups but also for the public to observe and perhaps participate in the activities.

The idea of sustainability is also important to the Haus team.

On the new residency programme, Syed Rusydie said: “We feel that budding artists in Malay-sia should get all the assistance they can.

“As such, we urge visual artists to join this programme so that we can assist with developing their work etiquette while making Malaysian art history at the same time.”

K[otak]ku is supported by the Cultural Economy Development Agency, or more commonly known as Cendana, and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation.

Closing date for submission of application is Jan 25.

Interested artists can apply for selection at kotakku.carrd.co

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