Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MAP arts festival

The opening of a brand new arts space is always a reason for celebration. And thanks to developers Sunrise Berhad and LabDNA, MAP just opened its shiny new doors on the last weekend of March. Located in the equally shiny new Solaris Dutamas, the space is divided into the White Box (gallery space) and Black Box (experimental theatre). The team behind MAP are Alex Yong, Sze Ying Goh, and Erna Dyanty.

With tons of activities, ranging from exhibitions to talks and workshops, performances, poetry sessions, dance, music, media art and even comedy nights, there's truly something for everyone.

Art wheels! Al-Kesah/Once Upon a Time in Malaysia is curated by ARTERI

What a crowd! Is that a tiger? Oh wait, on that wall on the right... are those...

Yes, they are!

Pin the head on the cow. It's The Best Art Show in the Univers, what did you expect?

... some geniuses decided kl needed a new arts platform.

The gallery space is bright, white and all-around inviting. Inside the Black Box, it's like a cool hangout stage and space sure to give that extra oomph to any performance.

If you're around the area, be sure to drop by, it's well worth the trip (while parking is still free). ArtMalaysia Mag is very excited to see what MAP has in store! Catch the full report and our complete batch of photos of the festival in... well, you know where ; )

An Evening of Performance Art: ‘Buka Mulut’

Don't worry, this is an exception. It's an eating place, people.

Weaving together several performances by AISYAH BAHARUDDIN, BEBE, SIMON SOON, CHI TOO, INTAN RAFIZA, NIKI O, SAFRIMAN, RAHMAT HARON, RAY LAGENBACH, TAN ZI HAO, ‘Buka Mulut’ was held at Dave’s Pizza, Pasta and Vino in 1Utama shopping complex on March 20th, 8:30pm. We like the idea of bringing art performance to the public and of course, the performances. Here are some of the pictures taken.

Rahmat Haron’s hair was tied to…. EVERYWHERE.

Rahmat’s performance (the first performance) was about connection and disconnection. It got a lot of attention at the restaurant and they were astonished yet curious.

Eating leftover food? No thanks, but I get your point. It makes perfect sense. It was still surprising that there were several people who actually ate them. We hope our food is the same after 20 years.

Simon Soon on the mike.

Challenge Simon Soon in Cooking Mama! Wait, Simon playing Cooking Mama game? Oh well, let’s have fun anyway!

The rest of the pictures taken:

Hmm where did this band come from?

A performance about a mother and son.

Altogether a commendable attempt to bring performance art to the public (during mealtime, no less). Check out our full report in ArtMalaysia Magazine!