A new exchange platform for artists, known as the Jejak-旅 Tabi Exchange, will be taking place in Kuala Lumpur this month from the 20th to 23rd of September at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) and then again from the 25th to 30th of September at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC).
Recently I caught Version 2020, a generative play about Vision 2020 at Five Arts Centre’s TTDI black box. It is a play that looks back to Vision 2020 and attempts to suggest alternate versions of Malaysia’s future. Directed by Mark Teh, Version 2020 is part of The Complete Futures of Malaysia, a generative series of projects that kicked off on 2017 that will unfold locally and internationally over several years in multiple chapters and formats.
I enjoyed it a lot. There were plenty of high points for me, and I came out admiring some of the executions, wishing I had been a part of it.
Balai Seni Visual has housed many exhibitions since its establishment in 1958—a recent addition being the 2016 exhibition, KOLEKSI TRADISI KE POP. The gallery itself has a rich and unassuming history juxtaposed to its grey exterior plopped along Jalan Tun Razak. Recently launched exhibition ESCAPE from the SEA calls Balai Seni Visual its home.