LAMU- Let Arts Move You, Kuala Lumpur, 27 Oct-4 Nov 2007

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a public art project

INTRODUCTION
The Let Arts Move You (LAMU) project brings together 11 Malaysian and regional artists, commuters and the public transportation system in an innovative visual art event in Kuala Lumpur. It aims at presenting the dynamic and creative situation of urban life in KL, drawing connections between artistic interventions and the rapid pace of urban development.
LAMU provides artists with KTM Komuter trains, the KL Sentral and Old Kuala Lumpur train stations as platforms to create work that actively engage commuters - to bring art to people in real and everyday encounters. Artworks will be located both inside the train and in the stations and surrounding grounds.
The KTM Komuter train service caters especially to commuters in the Klang Valley and the surrounding suburb areas. It provides 248 commuter services daily, serving 41 stations along 175 route-kilometres from Rawang to Seremban and Sentul to Pelabuhan Kelang with an average of a 20-minute frequency.
The idea for LAMU is simple: to fill the KTM Komuter trains and train stations with art, and to let the arts move people physically and emotionally. As such, LAMU aims to take the act of commuting beyond mundane and routine journeys - traveling in public transportation can be a sensorial and educational experience.
The LAMU project will explore the spatial and temporal distance between events happening in the train and at the stations. The prospective investigations all come down to the management of TIME and the management of CHANGE.

The invited artists and their works will:

  1. Explore the mobility of the commuter train; opening a dialogue between the physical space (train / station) and time (specific hour / duration of travel).
  2. Examine the evidence of time, which is embodied in the physical city.
  3. Correspond to time-specificity and/or site specificity in their production.
  4. Produce a model of sociability, which renders reality or might be conveyed in it.

EVENTS
This project will take place from 27th October to 4th November 2007.

Exhibition (Opening on 27th October 2007)
Dates: 27th October - 4th November 2007
Venue: on the KTM Komuter trains, KL Sentral and Old Kuala Lumpur
train stations.

Open Dialogue / Closing
Dates: 4th November 2007
Venue: Old Kuala Lumpur train station and on KTM Komuter train.

Post Exhibition Events
Exhibition of LAMU documentation and process
Dates: December 2007
Venue: Old Kuala Lumpur train station.

Catalogue
There will be publication of a catalogue after the exhibition featuring the artworks exhibited in LAMU, as well as documenting the process and collective findings from the investigations in the project.

CURATORS PROFILE

Lim Kok Yoong aka. Wing was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1980. He is an installation artist, multimedia designer, researcher and educator. He teaches in the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University. He received his Bachelor of Multimedia (Hons) in Digital Media from Multimedia University in 2003, and his MA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art & Design, UK in 2005. He is a member of Rumah Air Panas, an artist initiative. He can be contacted at info@simply-simple.net

Roopesh Sitharan is an educator, researcher, curator and artist. He is currently operating independently from San Francisco, California. He received his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Digital Media from Multimedia University in 2001, and his MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of Arts in 2006. He has curated and co-curated several national and international exhibitions and workshops. He can be contacted at roopeshsitharan@yahoo.com.my

Yap Sau Bin was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1974. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UK in 1998. He is currently a staff at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University. Sau Bin is also a founding member of Rumah Air Panas. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Young Contemporaries Arts Award by the National Art Gallery in 2000 and 2002. His work was also featured this year at the prestigious 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. He can be contacted at binyap@hotmail.com

 

LAMU ARTISTS, VENUES and SCHEDULE
All art works will be on display 7am till 11pm daily from 27 November to 4 November 2007. Time-specific works are highlighted in blue.

Works on KTM Komuter Trains

Donna Miranda (Philippines) – KL 12 hrs (video and performance art).
- Performance on 22nd October (time to be confirmed).

Kok Siew Wai (Malaysia) – Untitled (digital prints on train hand railings).

Lau Mun Leng (Malaysia) – Reading Project (performance).
4.33pm daily (exact train, carriage and station to alight from to be confirmed).


Li Cassidy-Peet (Singapore) – Dayindayout (digital prints on the ceiling of train).

Muid Latiff (Malaysia) – Merdeka Series (digital prints on overhead display panels).

Wok The Rock (Indonesia) – Trails of Home (photography work on train windows – commuters are welcome to take away their favourite photos).

Works in KL Sentral station

Kamal Sabran (Malaysia) – Speed Of Time (video work projected on underground subway wall and exterior body of passing trains).
1st session: 8am to 10am daily
2nd session: 1pm-3pm daily
3rd session: 7pm-9pm daily

Sa Dewa (Indonesia) – Spinning Camera (photography work on light boxes located at station).

Shieko Hussien (Malaysia) – 9 feet by 26 feet mural, located at KTM Komuter foyer in KL Sentral station.
Mural will be created daily from 22nd – 27th October 2007, and will be on display for the duration of exhibition.

Urich Low (Singapore) – Finding Substation (video work projected on underground subway wall and exterior body of passing trains).
1st session: 8am to 10am daily
2nd session: 1pm-3pm daily
3rd session: 7pm-9pm daily

Works in Old Kuala Lumpur station

a) Goh Lee Kwang (Malaysia) – Sing Along (mobile music performance and installation). This mobile work will move between the Old KL station and KL Sentral station during the period of the LAMU exhibition.
Performance times to be confirmed.

b) Goh Lee Kwang (Malaysia) – sound installation using sound and public address system on Old KL stations.


Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. Please check the LAMU blog
(www.blog.letartsmoveyou.com) for latest updates. Or you may call the curators
Sau Bin (016-684-3063) or Wing (016-983-2916) if you intend to catch a specific artist’s work.

LAMU PROJECT CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Director
Lim Kok Yoong

Curatorial
Team Roopesh Sitharan
Yap Sau Bin
Lim Kok Yoong

Advisors
Marion D’ Cruz
Liew Kung Yu

Funding Manager
Wong Tay Sy

Production Manager
Phuan Thai Meng

Publicity Managers
Mark Teh

Administrator
Goh Chai Shaen
Sabina Arokian

LAMU is organised by Kolektif Pembangun Seni, in partnership with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad.

The project is supported by Arts Network Asia, Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara, Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund, MATAHATI and Ganad Media. Our official media sponsor is Kakiseni.com.

This project is also supported and coordinated by Rumah Air Panas.