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Art and theatre happenings to check out this month

Art and theatre happenings to check out this month

Buro Culture Guide

Text: Su Fen Tan


Image: Philip Wilcox

Get inspired at Cooler Lumpur, watch a dance production, or experience an anti-poetry show — all happening this month:

1 - 7 October, The Cooler Lumpur Festival @ Publika

In its sixth edition this year, Cooler Lumpur hits the reset button with 'CTRL-ALT-DEL', exploring the individual notions of 'control', 'alternate' and 'delete' and what they mean when taken as a whole. Highlights this year include Nite sCool by Kuick Culture — a series of workshops and experiences such as Storytelling via Podcasting and Pinterest-Worthy Room Styling (register at this link) — the Belly Good Food Market, Me.reka workshops, and more.

See the full event listing here. For more information, visit the website.


4 - 27 October, Lopung is Dead! @ A+ Works of Art

Sabahan artist collective Pangrok Sulap is set to present its first ever solo exhibition, Lopung is Dead! Meaning 'python' in Dusun, Lopung is used in Sabah to sarcastically and humorously describe those who sleep on the job and who are lazy and irresponsible in their work. Thus, the exhibition is a metaphor for Pangrok Sulap's hopes for a progressive future, a new Malaysia free of "lopungs".

For more information, visit the event page.


5 - 7 October, iProject: Between Self & Others @ DPAC

A contemporary dance performance by ASK Dance Company, iProject: Between Self & Others is an observation of the connections and reconnections between our thoughts and actions; and how we affect each other, unconsciously or with intention to manipulate.

For more information, visit the website.


11 October - 3 November, Cerpan-Cerpen: New Works by Jalaini Abu Hassan @ OUR ArtProjects, The Zhongshan Building

In Cerpan-Cerpen, Jalaini Abu Hassan uses his mastery in painting and drawing to portray a series of unassuming scenes of life in KL and his hometown Taiping, each a personal look into the artist's world. According to Jalaini: "Seeing is not simplistically a matter of entertaining mental pictures. The kebun getah (rubber plantation) scene is more than an image of a rubber plantation. It is my imagined world of memory, mystery, romance, secrecy, hardship. It is a kind of portal or gateway to another world."

For more information, visit the website.


12 - 14 October, Art Expo Malaysia @ MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre

Art Expo Malaysia's 12th edition this year marks the exhibition as the longest-running international art fair in Southeast Asia. It will feature 65 art galleries from 22 countries, over 1,500 pieces of artwork under one roof, the inaugural Japan Pavilion, as well as the unveiling of the 1+9 South East Asia Special Exhibition Area. There will be art talks over the weekend with experts from the art scene too.

For more information, visit the website.


13 October, Beetle Prayer: An Anti-Poetry Show @ Lot'ng, Subang Jaya

Part comedy show, part poetry set, Beetle Prayer will tug at your heartstrings and tickle your ribs with the story of a boy — the boy that almost died but is saved by a 7-foot kangaroo; the boy that sets sunflowers on fire in a shopping cart and plays scarecrow in clouds of Christmas beetles. Written and performed by Philip Wilcox (pictured on the article cover), the show examines how life is often a battle between storyteller and the events being told, how language deceives us and how poetry can make it beautiful.

For more information, visit the event page.


18 - 21 October, The Tragicomedy of Errors @ KLPac

Inspired by the Performance Workshop's Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (1986), a work that challenged the boundaries of tragedy and comedy, Pentas Project Theatre Production presents The Tragicomedy of Errors. Telling the story of when two plays collide, the production works the essence of our country in through a diverse cast and multilingual performance.

For more information, visit the website.


20 October - 18 November, we will have been young @ Ilham Gallery

A collaboration between Obscura Festival of Photography with Ostkreuz Agentur der Fotografen and the Goethe-Institut, we will have been young explores the fragility of youth and the ambiguity and transience of the future through the eyes of 12 Southeast Asian photographers. The visual-anthropological body of work was developed over a span of 12 months, navigating through the themes of belonging, family, love, identity, mental health, history and oppression.

For more information, visit the website.


31 October, Malam Sayu Berpuisi @ KLPac

Cap off the month at Malam Sayu Berpuisi. Stripped back and raw, it will take place outdoors under a banyan tree at night. No microphones, no speakers, no cables, no extensions, just the poets performing their work, accompanied by live improvised music.

For more information, visit the website.


Ongoing exhibitions:

12 September - 4 October, The Artists' Workstations @ OUR ArtProjects, The Zhongshan Building

The Artists' Workstations highlights selected pairings of materials and works by artists and explores how the materials inform and influence their working methods and artistic vocabularies. The featured artists in The Artists' Workstations are Bree Jonson, chi too, Liew Kwai Fei, and Yeo Tze Yang.

For more information, visit the website.


12 September - 15 December, Editions @ Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

Editions brings together artists to consider the art and medium of multiples in both serial and unique forms. The exhibition features artists whose art is directly by the consideration of multiples as well as artists whose current works are unique, including Talha KK, Tsa Meera, Eric Peris, Nowornever Design, Haris Abadi and Sujeewa Kumari. While you're there, you can also check out the XYZ Brick Organ Pavilion, an interactive architectural feature at the art gallery that is part of its PavilionNOW project. 

For more information, visit the website.

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