Monday, July 9, 2012

Do You Remember: Invitation for Buka Jalan's post festival catalogue launching

Buka Jalan Post-event Publication launch + Tea Party + Screening + Discussion

Venue: Annexe Gallery Central Market, KL
Date: Thurs, 12 July 2012
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
(Discussion starts at 8.15PM sharp)

DO YOU REMEMBER? Buka Jalan International Performance Art Festival was held for the first time at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia (now National Visual Art Gallery) from 25 - 28 February 2011. More than a year later, we have compiled a book documenting the process, outcomes and issues surrounding the festival. This includes essays, a comprehensive interview and candid statements from participating artists about their experience, in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.

Buka Kolektif cordially invites you to join us in celebrating the launch of this book. There will be light food and drink starting at 7.30pm. Selected videos of the performances will be screened in the background.

Starting 8.15pm, there will be a discussion where you can air your views and ask questions. It will be moderated by Yap Sau Bin. The discussion will focus loosely on what we remember about the 2011 Buka Jalan festival and what we would like to do in the future.

We also remember and celebrate our dear friend and comrade Avroco Nasir, who passed away a year ago.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Buka Rumah geng Chaos

PERFORMANCE dari Akbar@bebe dan Geng Chaos.
Venue: Jendela Rumah Kita, no84. Jln 230 sek 51A, Kampung Baiduri, Petaling Jaya.
Konsep idea: Breaking The ODDS .

"Senangkan, Performing Bunda" [Sidra, 5 years old]

Hidup dalam budaya patriarkis adalah kenyataan yang ada dalam kehidupan kita sehari-hari. Dari dulu sampai sekarang (setidaknya). Budaya bahwa laki-laki adalah kepala rumah tangga, dan kerja-kerja domestik harus dibuat oleh perempuan sebagai sub dari keluarga. Dapur, tandas dan tempat tidur masih kuat, sadar atau tidak kita berada dan hanyut dalam irama machoism dari patriarki ini.

'Dunia berputar' boleh begitu kata orang, dan betul.
Breaking the odds juga boleh terjadi dalam dunia seni. dan dimanapun kita boleh melakukan itu. termasuk adalah di rumah. sebab kalau kita berbicara aestetic dalam seni, semua ada dan dari manapun mau melihatnya, selalu akan kita jumpai aestetic. termasuk ini. Selain dilakukan dalam Gallery Seni, peristiwa seni apapun boleh dilakukan di manapun, jalan raya, kebun, sawah panggung politik, restourant, dan rumah. Aku (kali ini) memilih untuk melakukan di rumah. dengan alasan teknis. sebab, saat ini tak mungkin mengangkat dan memindahkan semua property dalam rumah ke dalam Balai Seni. selain itu juga karena kali ini melibatkan semua anak-anak yang membesar dalam pengawasan dan kawalan aku, mereka akan lebih selesa dan lebih perform bila dilakukan dalam wilayah kebiasaan mereka.

'Sila datang dan bergabung dengan kami di sini. dan jangan lupa bawa minum, sebab nanti Atari akan performing dengan Freddy Mercury [Queen] dalam Bohemian Rhapsody versi kanak-kanak'.

Family dari wikipedia "

In human context, a family (from Latin: familiare) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence. In most societies it is the principal institution for the socialization of children. Extended from the human "family unit" by affinity, economy, culture, tradition, honor, and friendship are concepts of family that are metaphorical, or that grow increasingly inclusive extending to nationhood and humanism. A family group consisting of a father, mother and their children is called a nuclear family. This term can be contrasted with an extended family.

There are also concepts of family that break with tradition within particular societies, or those that are transplanted via migration to flourish or else cease within their new societies. As a unit of socialisation and a basic institution key to the structure of society, the family is the object of analysis for sociologists of the family. Genealogy is a field which aims to trace family lineages through history. In science, the term "family" has come to be used as a means to classify groups of objects as being closely and exclusively related. In the study of animals it has been found that many species form groups that have similarities to human "family"—often called "packs." wikipediA

1st round: Dokumentasi photo aksi tadi pagi- detail photo-photo akan di upload segera.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Buka Kolektif is proud to present BUKA JALAN International Performance Art Festival from 25 – 28 February 2011 at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia. The festival brings together 16 international and local artists in an exciting program that includes workshops, talks and performances.

Considered an experimental and contemporary visual art from, performance art often uses strong imagery, local materials and the human body. It can be presented anywhere, be it an art gallery, the street or a shopping mall. As such, it has the potential to reach audiences in completely different ways than conventional object-based art such as painting or sculpture.

Through performance art, we can make daring, humorous or insightful statements that cut across boundaries and bring different communities together.

Many Malaysian visual artists have participated in international performance art festivals in Asia, Europe and North America. There have also been some local performance art events. However, Malaysia has yet to organize a public performance art festival of its own. With the generous support of the National Art Gallery, this will be our modest effort to start the first international performance art festival in Malaysia that is open to the public.

BUKA JALAN: 2 Nights of Performance Art 

Over the weekend, 16 local and international artists will present their performance art works at different sites in and around the National Art Gallery.

Date    : 26 (SAT) and 27 (SUN) February 2011
Time    : 5.00 - 11.00 pm
Venue : National Art Gallery,
            2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
            53200, Kuala Lumpur

Featuring the following artists:
1. Aisyah Baharudin (Malaysia)
2. Avroco Nasir (Malaysia)
3. Akbar a.ka. Bebe (Malaysia/Indonesia)
4.Cai Qing Sonnerberg (China)
5. Chi Too (Malaysia)
6. Eric Scott Nelson (USA)
7. Fared Ayam (Malaysia)
8. Jacklyn Soo (Singapore)
9. Jumaadi (Indonesia)
10.Padungsak Kochsomrong (Thailand)
11.Paisan Plienbangchang (Thailand)
12.Ray Lagenbach (Malaysia / USA)
13.Tan Zi Hao (Malaysia)
14.Varsha Nair (India)
15.Wong Eng Leong (Malaysia)
16.Zoncy Zon Sapal Phyu (Myanmar)


We'll be toasting BUKA JALAN at our prelude and welcome night, BUKA Performance Party. This is not a political party, it is a welcoming party for the participating artists, both local and international. A chance for the art community to know each other better, share thoughts and have fun together in the spirit of celebrating art! Featuring performance art happenings by Jerk Kerouac, David Lim & Aidira Khaidir and Chi Too. Buka Party also invites anyone present to participate or respond in a performance art open ‘jam’. Join us for happy chaos!

Date    : 25 (FRI) February 2011
Time   : 8.00 - 11.00 pm
Venue: White Box- MAP @ Publika,
             Level G2-01, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas
             Jalan Dutamas 1,
             50480 Kuala Lumpur
             *map to MAP

            *facebook event page 

BUKA BENGKEL: Performance Art Workshop by Cai Qing Sonnerberg 

Everyone is welcome to take part in this workshop conducted by renowned contemporary artist from China, Cai Qing Sonnerberg. Participation is free of charge. Limited places, please register now at

Date    : 26 (SAT) February 2011

Time   : 11 am to 12 pm
Venue: National Art Gallery,
            2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
            53200, Kuala Lumpur

About the artist:  

Cai Qing has been living and working as an independent artist in Europe and New York City since 1989. He is currently an Asst. Prof. at School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, Singapore.

He uses performance, installation, video and images to reveal his feelings and explain his ideas. The concept in most of his art is ‘observe and be observed’. He is interested in people of various backgrounds in different societies. He enjoys interacting with different people and is often inspired by them.

In addition to being an artist, Cai Qing has also curated several important art shows. In 1998 he has co-curated Trace of Existence, China’s first contemporary art exhibition in a private space, where he also showed his performance Cultivating. Long March trough Europe (2005, Kassel, Germany) was a collaborative effort between several artists who utilized the Red Army to symbolize the revolutionary Chinese spirit in the western contemporary art world. Drift (2005, New York) was a show dealing with homeless people and refugees. In 2008 he curated Construction before Destruction, the last performance show in Sifo art village before its modernization by local authorities.

Performance Art Festivals - A Roundtable Discussion

Moderated by Ray Langenbach (MFA, PhD)

International artist and scholar on performance art, Ray Langenbach will moderate a conversation between participating artists on their experiences of performance art festivals around the world.

Date    : 26 (SAT) February 2011
Time   : 13.00 - 14.30 pm
Venue: National Art Gallery,
            2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
            53200, Kuala Lumpur

About the moderator:

Ray Langenbach (MFA, PhD) is originally from Boston, now living and working in Kuala Lumpur. Langenbach “performs theory, ” focusing on cognitive phenomena & propaganda. His video works, installations and performances have been presented in the Singapore Film Festival, Philippines Film Festival, Film Festival of the South, Norway, Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Whitney Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Neon Art (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Nevada Museum of Art (Reno), National Centre for the Arts (Mumbai), Artspace (Sydney), 3rd Werkleitz Biennial-Germany, Asia Pacific Triennale, Gwangju Biennale and others. Langenbach curates and writes cultural theory. He has published in Art Asia Pacific, Artlink, Asian Art News and Afterimage. He served as Singapore Editorial Consultant for World Art, and appears in several collections including ‘House of Glass: Culture, Modernity and the State’ in Southeast Asia, Oxford Dictionary of Performance (2004).

 Ray Langenbach is currently lecturing at Faculty of Creative Industries, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Research Fellow at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

BUKA PRESENTATION 02: Artist Talk by Varsha Nair
Varsha Nair, an internationally renowned visual and performance artist will talk about her works and projects.
Date    : 27 (SUN) February 2011
Time   : 11.00AM - 12.00PM
Venue: National Art Gallery,
            2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
            53200, Kuala Lumpur

About the artist:

Varsha Nair lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Her selected shows include Still Moving Image, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2008); A Proper Place, Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi (2007); Art as Environment: Cultural Actions on Tropic of Cancer, Taiwan (2007); Exquisite Crisis & Encounters, NYU, New York (2007); Subjected Culture-Interruptions and Resistances on Femaleness, venues in Argentina (2007-2008); Sub-Contingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazion Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2006); In-between Places, Meeting Point, Si-am Art Space, Bangkok (2005); Video as Urban Condition, Austrian Culture Forum, London, UK (2004), With(in), Art In General, New York (2002); Home/Dom, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina (2002); Free Parking, Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (2002). She performed at On the Move, Hong Kong (2008); Khoj Live Performance Festival, Delhi (2008); Saturday Live, Tate Modern London (2006); National Review of Live Art (2004, 2006); National Review of Live Art Midland, Perth, Australia (2005).

Since 1997, Nair has also curated and organized Womanifesto ( and other art related activities, and been invited as speaker at various international symposia. She was the Bangkok curator for 600 Images/60 artists/6 curators/6 cities: Bangkok/Berlin/London/Los Angeles/Manila/Saigon, an exhibition that was simultaneously exhibited in all 6 cities in 2005.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, Nair has a BFA from Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda, India.

Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival by Padungsak Kochsomrong

Now in its 12th year, Asiatopia is one of the most important performance art festivals in Asia. Artist, educator and festival organizer Padungsak Kochsomrong tells us more about Asiatopia and performance art in neighboring Thailand. 

Date    : 27 (SUN) February 2011
Time    : 2:00 – 3:00PM
Venue : Auditorium, National Art Gallery
              2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
              53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About the artist:

Padungsak Kochsomrong was born in Bangkok in 1964. He received a BFA in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Art, Chiang Mai University in 1991 and a Masters degree in Art Education at the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in 1999. As the Director of Studio Xang, Chiang Mai, Board member of MAP Foundation, he champions initiatives that combine art, education, and activism.

Padungsak is also a practicing artist and Head of Painting Department, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He has performed and exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. He is an organizer and frequent participant of The Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival held annually in Bangkok and Chiang Mai since 1998.

BUKA FORUM: Festival Post Mortem

Moderated by Buka Kolektif member Sharon Chin.

An open forum inviting reflection, evaluation and critique of Buka Jalan International Performance Art Festival 2011. Organizers will speak about their experiences and challenges. All are welcome to give their feedback.


Date    : 28 (MON) February 2011
Time   : 7:30 – 9:30PM
Venue: Auditorium, National Art Gallery
              2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
              53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

About the moderator:

Sharon Chin was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1980, where she is now based. She graduated from the Victoria College of Art, Melbourne, Australia. Working with text and sculpture especially in site-specific installations, her work looks at how we negotiate geography, history, human relations and language in the contemporary imagination. Recent forays into video and performance explore the possibilities of art as a communication strategy. She has exhibited locally and abroad. Recently, she participated in Incheon Women's Art Biennale 2009, as well as a two-month residency in Sapporo under the Japan Foundation JENESYS programme. In addition to her art practice, she writes regularly on art. She is co-founder and managing editor of ARTERI, a website dedicated to arts and culture in Malaysia and South East Asia.



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