Nicholas Choong

Nicholas Choong

A go-to conceptual artist for agencies and brands like MRT Gamuda, Uber Malaysia, Tiger Beer, restaurants as well as Accounting & PR Firms in Malaysia – Nicholas Choong is no stranger to the visual arts and design world.

He studied watercolors under a mentor at the age of 13 and when he was 16 he learnt Graphic Design and Photography working as a Production Assistant in the film industry.

By the time he was 19, Nicky (a moniker he goes by sometimes) was already working in the events, music & entertainment industry. The next 17 years of his life was spent working and raising a family before he began painting again in 2011. In 2014 he helped shape (and was the first artist in residence for) the sembilan Art Residency Programme in Seremban. During that time he also mentored under Wei Ling Gallery and has continued to exhibit his work in group and solo shows up till this day.

In 2015 he opened his own studio, Satu Arts and continued to perfect his craft. Nicky also dabbled in installations and collaborative mural projects. In 2016, he began his foray into video production and has since then worked as a director, Art Director and Creative Director in the media and corporate world. In his traditional paintings, Nicholas works in a series based format and is known for his strong ink and line work.

During my residency at Rimbun Dahan I’d like to explore the relationships between the environment (source materials) and mediums available to me (video, photography, paintings) and create a body of work that resonates on all levels to create a story.

Here you can find interviews he’s done/been a part of on BFM (with Jael Estrella and solo), The Star, and Chalk and Raddy. To find out more about Nick’s work, you can check his Website, Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram.

Wong Xiang Yi

Wong Xiang Yi

Wong Xiang Yi (b. 1987, Kuala Lumpur) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010 and her Master of Fine Arts from Taipei University of the Arts in 2016. Wong majored in ink painting and is trained in traditional Ling Nan Chinese Ink painting. She’s strongly affected by China’s new ink painting movement, Japanese style painting (Nihonga), and the impact of and trend of thought related to ink painting that she was exposed to while she was studying in Taiwan.

The medium of ink painting has always reminded Wong of the relationship between humans and the natural and how it contrasts with the rapid pace of life surrounding artificial objects. Wong can anticipate and work with fractional and overwhelming information through tedious preparations before painting. This process is like a ritual, a vacuum interval, where all the prattle of information is slowly processed, to intercept a process of thinking. She believes that a private natural space (Rimbun Dahan) will be a perfect place to calm down and experience ink painting media meeting the natural face to face.

Wong Xiang Yi is our Yearlong Resident Artist 2018 and will be exhibiting her works in our gallery in January 2019. To find out more about Wong, please check her website here.

Dancing in Place 2018

Dancing in Place 2018

Dancing up a tree. On a sculpture. Underwater. Underground. Dancing in Place is back!

A fun excursion for the family, Dancing in Place features 10 short dance works performed outdoors in the tranquil tropical garden at Rimbun Dahan.

3-5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, 13-14 January 2018 (same program both days)
Rimbun Dahan, Km 27 Jalan Kuang, Daerah Kuang, Selangor, 48050.
Google Maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/Xu1UxnfH2g72
FREE ENTRY, donations welcome.

Featuring works by local dance artists:
++ Alla Azura Abal Abas, a veteran of site-specific dance, returns with her team, taking birds from classical Malay dance and putting them in trees.
++ Sharm Noh presents his captivating spider work, last seen in the Gala Night of Short+Sweet Dance 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
++ Balletbase dancers present “Reflets Sur l’Eau”, a lyrical modern dance work by French/American choreographer Patrick Suzeau.
++ JS Wong restages his meditative but physically challenging solo with bamboo pole, performed by Tau Chun Wai.

This year, we welcome a special program of new collaborative creations by teams of Southeast Asian choreographers, working together for the first time:

++ Chai Vivan (Malaysia) and Otniel Tasman (Indonesia)
++ Colleen Coy (USA/East Timor), Eng Kai Er (Singapore), Lee Ren Xin (Malaysia) and Ong Nitipat Pholchai (Thailand)
++ Fadilla Oziana (Indonesia), Citra Pratiwi (Indonesia) and Sonoko Prow (Thailand)
++ Fauzi Amirudin (Malaysia) and Sarah Maria Samaniego (Philippines)
++ Al Bernard Garcia (Philippines) and Siko Setyanto (Indonesia)

Plus Joelle Jacinto (Philippines) returns to Malaysia with her sister Jacqui, to perform a duet choreographed by her father, Eli Jacinto.

The event will continue, rain or shine! Please wear shoes that can get wet/muddy, and bring umbrellas and mosquito repellent. Refreshments will be available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own picnic.

Sorry, Rimbun Dahan is not a wheelchair-accessible venue, and Dancing in Place is not open to pets.

Dancing in Place is a production of MyDance Alliance, World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific, and Rimbun Dahan.
Producer: Bilqis Hijjas
Production assistance: Stephanie Ho, Joelle Jacinto, Susan Chee
SM: Keilly Lim
Graphic designer: Grey Yeoh

Dessy TAB

Dessy TAB

Dessy Tri Anandani Bambang or Dessy TAB (b. 1984) is an Indonesian animator born in Brest, France. She  started her carreer as animator by participating in animation challenges during her college days at Bandung Institute of Technology. She has won national awards mostly for her short animations and public social advertisements. In 2014, Dessy received an honorable mention award from ASEAN Animation Festival as a representative participant from Indonesia, for her animation Kopas The Thief. She was also selected as one of three animators for “Animation 3”, an animation masterclass, held collaboratively by Goethe Institut Indonesien, Institut Français Indonesie, and SAE Institut Jakarta. Her animated work, Pulang ke Indonesia, was the result of the masterclass and was completed in July 2016.

I am actually feeling insecure about being away from home but I know I can’t be and I don’t want to stay at home for the rest of my life. So I am planning to make an animation about the insecurity of leaving home, in a place far away from home. I’ve been wanting to make an animation that combines my doll-making skill. Amigurumi is a kind of crocheted doll; aside from being an animator, I am an amigurumi designer and have written a book about them. While I didn’t make any amigurumi for my previous animated works, I’ve made a fabric puppet to use for stop motion animation during my residency in Rimbun Dahan. I still don’t know whether it will work or not, or whether I will go back to paper and ink or digital animation. As I was making the preparation for the project, I realized that making animation in a new place will be very challenging especially from the technical aspect, but when there is a challenge, then there will be a solution. I am looking forward to see what kind of animation I will make in Rimbun Dahan.

To find out more about her, you can check out her website or her Instagram.

Job Opportunity: Part-Time Arts Manager

Job Vacancy for P/T Arts Manager at Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan offers various residencies (fully or partially sponsored or paid) to visual and performing artists, writers, researchers, and curators, with a special focus on those from Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The residencies vary in length depending on the artists’ needs. Rimbun Dahan also hosts short-term workshops, open day events, performances, and student visits, and is available to rent as a venue for events. Our focuses are arts, performance, architecture, and nature, in a Southeast Asian context.
For more information about Rimbun Dahan, see http://rimbundahan.org/.

Overall Role

We are looking for a part time Arts Manager to coordinate the residency, arts, performance and outreach programs at Rimbun Dahan to ensure a lively and active series of residencies and events throughout the year. They will be in charge of handling internal and external communications and finances for all activities in Rimbun Dahan, as well as supervising an Assistant Arts Manager. Applicants must have strong interpersonal, management, and communication skills and the ability to juggle different responsibilities to maintain a vibrant, consistent, and active program and schedule throughout the year. We are looking for highly motivated and proactive applicants with a keen interest and/or familiarity with the local arts scene.

This position is based in Selangor Malaysia. We are looking for Malaysian applicants only.

Key Responsibilities

  • Selection of resident artists with the owners’ involvement, and communicating with artists from the application process through to undergoing the residency;
  • Scheduling and organizing social and arts events such as exhibitions, open day events, performances, showcases, and talks;
  • Hiring, training, and supervising a full-time Assistant Arts Manager, who will provide administrative and logistical support and work with the Arts Manager to ensure the arts, performance, and outreach programs run smoothly;
  • Marketing Rimbun Dahan as a venue for events rental;
  • Coordinating with the Dance Program Director and assisting where necessary;
  • Maintaining communications and relationships with external parties for collaborations, outreach and press;
  • Managing and recording finances for all Rimbun Dahan related activities;
  • Attending local arts events on behalf of Rimbun Dahan and accompanying RD resident artists to introduce them to galleries and people they may wish to meet;
  • Liaising with press and media as a representative of Rimbun Dahan;
  • Monitoring the underground gallery of visual arts works, and periodically changing the hang;
  • Maintaining the website, newsletter and Facebook page and keeping them up to date.

Qualification and Skill Set

  • Tertiary degree in arts or a related field is preferred
  • 2 – 3 years work/relevant experience preferred
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills for handling communications
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Competent with computers and social media
  • Must be able and licensed to drive
  • Comfortable with dogs, as Rimbun Dahan has guard dogs on-site.

What We Offer

  • Salary depends on qualifications and experience, but starts from RM3,000
  • An additional car allowance is negotiable
  • Flexible work hours. The manager is required to be on site at Rimbun Dahan three days a week and timing is flexible – ideally 10AM to 6PM
  • A chance to engage more deeply with and make connections within the Malaysian arts scene

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to (Ms) Bilqis Hijjas at bhijjas@gmail.com. Position starts 1 February 2018.

Download this job vacancy notice as PDF here: Rimbun Dahan PT Arts Manager Job Description

Carlos Carvalho

Carlos Carvalho

Originally from Brazil, in the last three years Carlos Carvalho has been living in Asia, first India, now in Indonesia. Using crafts techniques and everyday materials, like textiles (mostly felt), paper, cardboard and paint, he builds topographies. Those topographies are found through the combination and juxtaposition of shapes cast from his body. His process is time consuming and repetitive, almost meditative.

My body is the center of my work, my body is queer and I’m gay. Thinking queerness in places where it’s not welcome or allowed is what is going through my mind. Especially because Brazil is also facing a conservative wave right now that is pressing against women, LGBTIs and the African-Brazilian population.

At Rimbun Dahan, being in the middle of all this green I wonder about things that hide in the vegetation, in the bushes. Being mostly by myself, this also brings about the idea that things that we fear hide in the dark, among the plants. I decided to play with the idea of camouflage as a starting point, as we can think of animals that hide. I mock the hunter animal print over the casts taken from my own body – I fear they are part of each of us, that they are constituents of our minds. This is supposed to be a turning point of the dynamics of fear. The body parts originating from the queer-gay body to become the element that hides and hunts, I put the body in a position of power and control, which is what the queer body needs to have in today’s reality.

Find more of Carlos’s work at his website, and his instagram accounts: @carhencarvalho and @carloscarvalhoart

Material, Order & Chance by Zulkifli Lee, Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition 2017

Material, Order & Chance by Zulkifli Lee, Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition 2017

Rimbun Dahan presents Material, Order & Chance, a solo exhibition by Rimbun Dahan Yearlong Resident Artist 2017, Zulkifli Lee. In the well-trod tradition of past resident artists, Zulkifli has taken inspiration from the natural and built environments of Rimbun Dahan and the results are textured, detailed large canvases and surfaces with geometric designs and compositions influenced by the repetitions and colours that occur in the landscapes he has been immersed in for a year.

DATES: Sunday 26 November to Sunday 10 December

OPENING HOURS: Weekends (26 Nov, 2 & 3 Dec, 9 & 10 Dec) 10am – 6pm; Mon to Fri by appointment only (email Syar at syar@rimbundahan.org)

Admission is FREE. For the event page on Facebook please click here.

There will also be a free guided tour of Rimbun Dahan’s grounds and traditional village houses at 9am on 10 December, conducted by Angela Hijjas.

Rimbun Dahan is also a part of Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL), December 8 – 10 2017, a novel, annual 3-day celebration of aesthetic and cultural diversity in Malaysia’s capital city.

Southeast Asian Choreolab 2018

Southeast Asian Choreolab 2018

From 23 June to 1 July 2018, 13 selected choreographers from Southeast Asia lived together at Rimbun Dahan, exploring choreographic practice with guidance from our international facilitator, German choreographer Isabelle Schad, with assistance from Claudia Tomasi.

The program consisted of 7 work days with 2 days of study tour. During the Choreolab, each participant presented their own participant session, sharing their own choreographic methods, repertoire or movement techniques with the rest of the group.

Half of every work day was spent with Isabelle Schad, as she shared her artistic approaches and ways of looking at dance with the participants.

The program concluded with an open showing of movement tasks from the Choreolab. The open showing was attended by the general public and members of the local arts community, outside in the gardens at Rimbun Dahan.

Participants

  • Lau Beh Chin, Malaysia
  • Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid, Malaysia
  • Jereh Leung, Singapore
  • Josh Marcy, Indonesia
  • Fitri Anggraini, Indonesia
  • Sherli Novalinda, Indonesia
  • Mee Soydala, Laos
  • Noutnapha Soundala, Laos
  • Vidura Amranand, Thailand
  • Nguyen Thanh Chung, Vietnam
  • Gebbvelle Ray ‘Dingdong’ Selga, Philippines
  • Nicole Primero, Philippines
  • Eva Wegener, Sri Lanka/Germany

Project Aims

To support and enable emerging Southeast Asian contemporary dance choreographers to

  1. Adopt new choreographic tools and physical, thematic and conceptual approaches to enrich their artistic practice;
  2. Develop regional networks among their peers and with regional dance institutions, for knowledge sharing, future artistic collaboration and touring;
  3. Experience works of art, cultures, places and histories beyond their home, to increase international understanding and to help contextualize their artistic practice.
  4. Work closely with an established choreographer (Isabelle Schad), to participate in her particular artistic approach, and to benefit from her insights, advice and experience.

About Isabelle Schad, facilitator

Isabelle Schad studied classical dance from 1981-90 in Stuttgart, and from 1990 to 1996 she danced in various classical companies. She began creating her own choreography and extending her dance education through diverse workshops and scholarships, was a member of Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus in Brussels, and worked with / danced for Olga Mesa, Angela Guerreiro, Felix Ruckert, and Eszter Salamon.

Since 1999, she has developed numerous projects and dance performances of her own, in close collaboration with choreographers, performers, musicians and visual artists, which have been presented internationally in theatres, alternative places, galleries or festivals such as Tanzplattform, Tanz im August Berlin, Internationale Tanzwochen Wien or Dashanzi International Arts Festival Beijing.

The pieces California Roll and Still Lives – a community project that has been realised in more than 12 European cities – have been presented at Tanzplattform Germany 2006 and 2008. The community project TÜDDELDÜDDEL-LÜD has been presented at Tanzkongress 2009 in Hamburg.

Isabelle Schad regularly shows her work at Hebbel-Am-Ufer in Berlin. Since 2008, she has developed an ongoing project in collaboration with visual artist Laurent Goldring, followed by the solo Der Bau (2012) and the group work Collective Jumps (2014), which were both invited to Tanzplattform.

She is teaching in Berlin at the Inter-University Centre of Dance Berlin, and internationally in the frame of workshops or short period projects mostly supported by local Goethe-Institutes. She is actively engaged in the free dance scenes of many Balkan cities / countries, including Zagreb, Sofia, Skopje, Bucharest, and Belgrade.

In her work, Isabelle Schad explores relationships between the body, its languages and representations. She focuses on working methods that privilege exchange, the sharing of ideas, practices and knowledge as a tool for circulation, for continuity in learning and cooperation with other artists.

Isabelle is co-organizer of the working space Wiesenburg-Halle in Berlin, and a Zen-Shiatsu practitioner who practices Aikido on a daily basis.

More information: http://www.isabelle-schad.net/

About Claudia Tomasi, assistant facilitator

Claudia Tomasi first studied dance and choreography at PEPCC in Forum Dança, Lisbon. In 2013 she concluded her Bachelor of Dance, Context, Choreography at HZT / Berlin. She has been studying visionary craniosacral work at the Milne Institute in Berlin since 2017.

Great influence and inspiration on her work as a dancer and/or choreographer have been Deborah Hay, Shannon Cooney, Francesca Pedulla, Frey Faust (Axis Syllabus), Elisa Ricci, Philipp Gehmacher and Isabelle Schad. Since 2007 she has been working on her own pieces as well as in various collaborations as an interpreter and artistic assistant for other choreographers and artists, including Shannon Cooney, Isabelle Schad, Ingrid Hora, Claire Waffel and Julian Weber.

She is currently working with her brother, the audiovisual artist Benjamin Tomasi, in cooperation at the interface between contemporary dance, sound art and fine art.

 

The Southeast Asian Choreolab 2018 is a joint project by

In partnership with

Morganne Mazeika and Zach Khoo

Morganne Mazeika and Zach Khoo

apparatus dance collective, consisting of dancer-choreographers Morganne Mazeika and Zach Khoo are currently at Rimbun Dahan developing a new work called “discussions with”. The intention with the residency is to explore human interaction through a physical means of communication. Their method of movement invention is extrapolated into a thematic focus of the work: how does one communicate.

As the founders of apparatus they attended The University of Texas at Austin. During their time there they danced in the projects and residencies of established international choreographers. Their research that led to the creation of the company began in the studio that gave way to their current process; incorporating multidisciplinary approaches into dance and the method of dialoguing movement.

At their recent open studio, they spoke about collaborating long distance by sending each other videos of themselves dancing, and how to now translate that exchange through verbal and nonverbal communication when in the same physical space.

 

Open Studio: Dhiyanah Hassan, Flor Alba, Morganne Mazeika, Zachary Khoo and Zulkifli Lee

Open Studio: Dhiyanah Hassan, Flor Alba, Morganne Mazeika, Zachary Khoo and Zulkifli Lee

On 3 September 2017, Rimbun Dahan opened our grounds and the studios of our current resident artists to the general public. The artists featured were Dhiyanah Hassan (Malaysia), Flor Alba (Switzerland) and Zulkifli Lee (Malaysia), Zachary Khoo (Msia/USA) and Morganne Mazeika (USA). The artists opened their workspaces to showcase their works in progress and answered any questions and discussed their work and process. Below are photos of the event: