Saturday, June 30, 2007

Malaysia trip: Artist talk at the Dasein Academy of Art, 10.05.2007

An artist talk was organized in Dasein Academy of Art while I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Special thanks go to Kim Peow Ng (An artist and fine art lecturer in the Academy) helped to organised this. The talk (about an hour and 45 minutes) based on the title The Ground We Share was attended by about 50 students, it presents my work from 1998 to date. The student raised questions on my work based on the presentation and discussed studying art abroad.

Outside Dasein Academy of Art

A scene from the talk

Answering students' questions over a light refreshment

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Welcome to the ground

Thank you for stopping over. The Ground We Share evolves from my research study where I make a comparative study between the concepts of the everyday in art practice and Zen.

My art practice may be seen as the result of my interest on the matters of the everyday and Eastern thoughts. Over the years, I have produced a body of cross-disciplinary work that explores the as-it-is-ness of things, and interconnectedness between objects and people. My own cultural background and life experience are often revisited, examined and evidenced in the work within this journey of exploration.

In Zen tradition, mindfulness to everyday trivial is important in their spiritual pratice, my research relates this notion of attentiveness from my work to this tradition. Historically, many important twentieth century artists and art groups who expanded Duchamp’s theory of the ready-made and the everyday were also influenced by Zen teaching from D.T. Suzuki and Shunryu Suzuki that can also be related to this research.

In contrast to the Western sociological perspective on the study of the everyday from important thinkers like Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau; I look at it from a different perspective - through the prism of a contemporary artist that comes from an Eastern background.

This blog provides a space to share my activities and information arising from my work and research. You are welcome to be part of this interconnection by posting your valuable experience, thoughts and comments.