URBAN XCHANGE 2015

Month: November, 2015

MASSIVE LED STAR LIGHTS UP MALAYSIA

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A star has landed in Penang, Malaysia. Built from steel cables and over 500 meters of LED light, artist Jun Hao Ong’s latest site-specific installation, The Star, traverses a four-story cement building to illuminate the 2015 Urban Xchange public art festival. Steel rods fan out from the sculpture’s spherical center, piercing through the building’s foundation in an acute interconnected network of light. The sculpture looks like a colossal neon 3D spider web bursting from the third floor of a run-down building in the Raja Uda suburb of Butterworth, a city in mainland Penang.

The Star is one of many light sculptures from Jun Hao Ong. The Malaysian artist and architect experiments with different light arrangements and presentation structures, “coupling low-tech materials with hi-tech application,” according to his website. This piece is Ong’s submission to festival and exhibition held at the Hin Bus Depot, a contemporary art center determined on inspiring a new generation of contemporary Malaysian artist. The festival program brings together renowned international and local artists to encourage and challenge
the artistic and creative potential of the city’s urban environment.

“The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island,” according to the project’s description.

Read more at http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/massive-led-star-lights-up-malaysia

GABRIEL PITCHER

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Through his exploration of identity, the art of Gabriel Pitcher focuses expressive figurative portraits both as original works of art and on street interventions.
Contradictions of the classically beautiful or socially uncomfortable feature prominently in his pieces, with the medium of raw
steel mirroring these cold misconceptions.
In illuminating and reimagining these characteristics,
Gabriel forces the gaze of the viewer to look intently where in reality they
may ignore or avoid an interaction. A psychological intrigue arises in recognising that like a mirror,
these portraits reflect only our own prejudices.
On the street, Gabriels’s work tends to be more playful and looks to enagage both with the cultural community and the surrounding
urban landscape.
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THE STAR LAUNCH

Video by http://www.ronaldasbuozis.com/

ZAP x UX 2015 LAUNCH PARTY

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Naturally, Ze Arcade Paint (ZAP) is holding a party in conjunction with the unveiling of The Star; in the evening there will be a bazaar by Syiok Wasabi, and when the night comes, there will be an interdisciplinary, interpretative performance entitled ‘Curiosity’. While you’re guzzling down some free booze, stick around for the DJ sets that will span from dancehall to house choons by way of German sound artiste Gediminas Žygus, and local DJs Josh Mosh and Synthication.

http://www.juiceonline.com/zap-x-urban-xchange-2015-launch-party/

THE CONSTELLATIONS: A SURREAL EXPERIENCE OF 3D IMAGERY AND MUSIC

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This is The Constellations, an art installation by Berlin-based artist, AWK,
at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre as part of the Urban Xchange (UX) Festival
this year.

Unlike the usual exhibitions of paintings and/or sculptures, this installation is a
combination of 3D images, animation, stencil art and music
which produces a unique interactive experience for visitors.

“This is going to be an immersive video installation that projects the images on three walls so that as viewers step inside the building, they will watch the animation happening all around them,” explained AWK, whose real name is Adomas Zudys.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/the-constellations-a-surreal-experience-of-3d-imagery-and-music#sthash.sbzh3VFH.dpuf

ART AND TECHNOLOGY CONVERGE IN UX2015

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The highlights of the festival, which runs until November 15, include the
launch of the Artisan Project at the Hin Bus Depot on Jalan Gurdwara at 8pm tomorrow.

The project sees six contemporary artists learning from Penang artisans skilled
in kolam-drawing, rattan-weaving, anchor-making, paper effigy-making and
Chinese calligraphy, and then incorporating what they have learnt in new art projects for the festival.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/citynews/georgetown/article/art-and-technology-converge-in-urban-xchange/art-and-technology-converge-in-urban-xchange#sthash.aRUSx5D2.dpuf

UX FESTIVAL BRINGS EDGY ARTS SCENE TO BUTTERWORTH

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GEORGE TOWN (PENANG) CITY PROFILE

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This month CULTURE360 contributor David Fernandez travels to George Town, Penang, the historic city of the Straits of Malacca in Malaysia. In this article he describes the current panorama of contemporary arts & cultural heritage, focusing mainly on the creative platforms that are aiming to become the catalysts for city change.

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