Turun Padang / Masuk Gelanggang: Artist Initiatives in Kuala Lumpur

Talk by Sau Bin Yap, and Q&A with Annie Jael Kwan
11.00 – 11.30
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

This presentation will give a brief introduction to the project and activity by Rumah Air Panas, an artist collective based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. RAP began in 1997 as a studio space with occasional D.I.Y. exhibition and programme. The collective was later formed in 2003 to organise and work as an art society. After quitting the space in 2006, RAP had organised art talk and project at various venues besides supporting artist exhibitions. Some past projects include Space[s] Dialogue + Exhibition (2003), Walk In or Walk Out (2007), CAIS:Contemporary Arts in School(2008), Majujaya Community Playground Workshop (2011), Wasteland Twinning Network (2012), UNRESOLVED BUSINESS:An Installation by Ho Yuhang (2015).

Besides its own projects, RAP and the members had worked in different capacity, as a group or individuals to support or work with other spaces and groups in the city or the region. The second part of the presentation will be a cursory look at this network of camaraderie, fellow art initiative, collective and art space with different approach and ways of collaboration to engage with artist, audience, neighbourhood, communities, whether via activism, oral history and mapping, research and archival initiative to experimentation laboratory and residency hosting, in the city and beyond.

Past activities of RAP can be access here: http://www.rap.twofishy.net/

 

Sau Bin Yap teaches at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia. He is a member of Rumah Air Panas [RAP], an artist initiative based in Kuala Lumpur. He had received awards in the Young Contemporaries Arts Award by the National Art Gallery, Malaysia in 2000 and 2002 and has participated at the JENESYS Residency program in Japan in 2008. His practice encompasses conceptual work, installation, mapping project and curatorial project with RAP. Yap had also worked on the ‘Narratives in Malaysian Art’ volumes published by Rogue Art. He has also served on the jury panel for the 2013 Young Contemporary Arts Award in Malaysia; as nominator for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize from 2014 to 2016, AIR Programme Recommendation Committee 2016/2017 at Arts Maebashi, and the Hugo Boss Asia award in 2017. Recent curatorial project include ‘ESCAPE from the SEA’ organised by the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator, writer, researcher and producer based in London. She founded the curatorial partnership, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on her interests in the critical ideas and explorations surrounding movement across borders. Something Human has delivered projects in the UK, Rome, Venice, Belgrade, Skopje, Lisbon and in Singapore. She recently completed a curatorial research residency in Cambodia, with the support of the Artist’s International Development Fund from the British Council, Arts Council England and National Arts Council Singapore. She is currently undertaking an MA in History of Art and Archaeology with a special focus on Southeast Asian art at SOAS, and contributes to the publication, Art Asia Pacific.

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