URBAN XCHANGE 2015

Category: Malaysia

THE RENEWAL OF BUTTERWORTH CONTINUES

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“The Raja Uda area is now filling up with hipster cafes, and we want to go with the flow,” adds Penangite Eeyan Chuah, Urban Xchange’s main curator. Raja Uda’s shining star inaugurates a new community arts space. This is just the tip of an iceberg of events and projects that the two young curators organised with their team of collaborators and international artists. This year, in fact, Urban Xchange’s plan was grand: preparations started early with the Artisans Project, a two-month-long collaboration that paired six contemporary artists and designers with six traditional Penang craftsmen, including a rattan weaver, a signboard carver and a paper effigy maker. The goal was to mix the old with the new, the traditional with the experimental, to create artworks that reflect Penang’s century-old trades using contemporary produce.

Read more at http://penangmonthly.com/the-renewal-of-butterworth-continues/

FINAL WORKS

VHILS

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DALEAST

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TWOONE

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SABEK

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Y.E.S

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GABRIEL PITCHER

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JUN ONG

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LOUISE LOW

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ARTISAN PROJECT

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

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

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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