Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Coming exhibition: "Notthatbalai 2007" Art Festival, 21 Jul - 5 Aug 07

Between 21 July - 5 Aug 07, I will be showing my work in an art festival called "Notthatbalai 2007 " in kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The art festival is organized by a group of individual who was said from "diverse art disciplines and social background who are passionate about art, embodying the spirit of sharing and giving".

One of the Notthatbalai 2007 art festival publicity materials

According to the organisers ""Balai" refers to a space, place or institution that organizes programme". They believe that artists should organize their own event and exhibition to convey their theme and what they concern. This may be penetrate our everyday life in which it "can be done anywhere at anytime for anyone".

The theme for the festival this year is "Sama-sama", this is also a Malay word which embraces the meanings: same, altogether, synchronize, mutual, participation, neutral, equality etc. Over a period of two weeks, the festival will present activities of arts include: visual art exhibition, musical performance, drama, dance, independent movies and short films projection. Various workshops, discussions and forums are also in their plan.

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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.