Ross Liew

Ross Liew

Ross Liew (b. 1978) is the receiver of an Asia New Zealand Foundation grant and will be staying in Rimbun Dahan for three months from mid-April to mid-July.

I am a New zealander of Chinese and European ancestry. My grandfather’s story provides the entry point to this residency project which involves the exploration of Serdang/Seri Kambangan and Belakong and my family’s presence and activity there over the last 80 years. Serdang village and the site of the family orchid farm in Balakong have been substantially developed over the years and many relatives have now died or moved away. Within my family’s history there are themes of cultural and personal dislocation, forced resettlement and immigration. These themes presence and impact on my family history are key points of reference as I build a project specific to Kuala Lumpur and the Rimbun Dahan residency.

Learn more about Ross and his works at his instagram.

Hwa Wei-An

Hwa Wei-An

Wei-An started dancing because he thought it was cool. He enjoyed watching the dancers in music videos that played on loop in the mornings on ntv7, back when he was supposed to be doing his homework. And so he copied moves from the videos he watched, eventually gained some friends and learned some moves from them, and slowly fanned the little spark of “I want to be cool” into “I want to use my life to dance.”

A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Wei-An’s dance journey has taken him to places like Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and around Southeast Asia, performing works by choreographers such as Albert Tiong, Pichet Klunchun, Wu Chien-Wei, Matej Kejzar, Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof, Ole Khamchanla, Christina Chan, Lee Mun Wai, Gabrielle Nankivell & Luke Smiles, Shahar Binyamini and Sita Ostheimer.

Recently, Wei-An has embarked on the journey of an independent artist, as he seeks to create more and take greater control of his own direction. As he moves forward, he seeks to draw from his interests in the flow state (see the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi), action sports and street dance styles in the development of a personal choreographic methodology. Over the past few months, this has led to the piece entitled Battling Myself and a residency at Dance Nucleus in Singapore during which Wei-An explored the idea of a rhythm section, taken from free-ride mountain-biking.

Wei-An is also the organiser of Paradigm Shift, a contemporary-based dance event held in Singapore that is built as a platform to encourage exchanges between contemporary dancers and dancers of different dance backgrounds.

Wei-An is our resident artist from 9 April 2018 to 6 May 2018. You can follow him on his instagram and found out more on his website.

 

 

“Cut!” choreographed by Hwa Wei-An under Frontier Danceland’s platform Dancers’ Locker

 

“Falling Into Flow”

 

“I Don’t Have Any”

 

Paradigm Shift Trailer

 

Sasi Victoire

Sasi Victoire

Sasi Victoire arrived in Australia in 1970, to further her education. Little did she know that this period of her life would develop her personal choices away from safe, familiar paths and direct her to an exciting path through visual art. She discovered a passion for writing and worked to combine visual images with text for human rights issues. She developed her public speaking techniques to skillfully target her interest in women’s empowerment, delivered at workshops, conferences and seminars. As a writer she has contributed to many international and national and local art journals.

She developed with the assistance of the Q150 and a RADF grant, her children’s books, Moving House and Crockee’s Country, which explores and celebrates Cairn’s sense of place. They emerge against the fascinating tropical backdrop of familiar, yet unique spaces she now calls her home. She continues to challenge herself to find new ways to work to seek new opportunities the arts in her community. Although a trained printmaker, she explores a variety of art processes as means to highlight, develop and uncover concepts that she is passionate about. Living in a very peripheral art landscape, her self-generated projects have highlighted Cairns as a vibrant and diverse artistic hub.

To devote more time on her own practice, she took up an artist in residence at Chiang Mai University in 2013 where she has created her exhibition Watermark. As a curator, she is increasingly aware of the value of the collaborative process as a means to strategically broaden and refresh her art practice. Her project Tropics to Tropics to Malaysia last year is to provide benefits to Cairns through soft diplomacy. She recently collaborated with Jute Theatre, Cairns and developed an inter-medial project Alice in the Antipathies that challenged her across disciplines to new areas working with music designer, Tristan Barton, videographer, Glenn Saggers and now is ready for an intercultural production with Masakini Theatre, Malaysia, in March 2019 and thereafter in April to Jute Theatre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Sasi is our Resident Artist for three months supported by Asialink. She plans to connect and develop audiences for the coming performance in Malaysia during her residency. To find out more about her work, please visit her website.

Ruby Subramaniam

Ruby Subramaniam

Ruby Subramaniam (b. 1989) is a self-taught Malaysian visual artist.

In 2014, she quit her award-winning career in digital marketing to pursue her passion in arts.  Her experience in corporate communications now allows her to utilize digital marketing and social media as a tool to increase community engagement about art. She works actively with diverse communities to run art-related projects and events, including Art Battle Malaysia. This event gives the audience a chance to participate actively, allowing them to exercise their ability to discuss and appreciate art. With her own artworks, she draws inspiration from traditional Malaysian narratives and culture. She is fascinated by the romanticised idea of ephemeral art.

I believe art is a prayer and it has to dissolve. The sooner it decays, the faster it lifts your burden.”

Because of that, she is never loyal to any one medium, and instead, enjoys the creative process of experimenting with unusual and unexpected artistic formats.

For the past two years, Ruby has worked on huge contemporary kolams (traditional Indian coloured rice art on the floor) installation in public spaces for Publika and RapidKL. “As a traditional art form, how do we revive it using the same method that has been used for centuries? How do we bring it alive again?”

In 2017, using skin as her canvas, her project, This Body is Mine was inspired by the Hindu Goddesses to combat street-harassment and the general Malaysian society’s attempt stigmatise women and police their bodies. As a result of the work, the project was uploaded to social media platforms and consequently went viral and reached more than 2 million views across the world. This project was exhibited in several group shows locally, and internationally in “Be Bold for Change”, Adam&Eve DDB, London as well as a case study in ARTS and SOCIETY (IYGU) by Mémoire de l’Avenir, Paris. More recently, it was presented in UNESCO’s World Humanities Conference in Liege, Belgium in 2017.

During the month of March 2018, her new project, ANTIDOTE in Rimbun Dahan, she invited women to be active participants in her projects, by sharing their relationship with their bodies. Without imposing her ideas and concepts onto her “canvas”, for thirty days, Ruby listened to thirty intimate stories by thirty diverse women and interpreted them with body art.

Please check out her website, facebook and instagram to find out more about the artist.

 

 

Introducing Xeem, Rimbun Dahan’s New Arts Manager

Introducing Xeem, Rimbun Dahan’s New Arts Manager

Greetings! My name is Xeem Noor and I’ll be the new Arts Manager in Rimbun Dahan.

I’m a writer, ethnographer, researcher, artist and designer with degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts and currently pursuing my PhD in Anthropology in the Australian National University. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a lecturer and tutor in some architecture schools in Malaysia and as a writer for several architecture and design magazines. Taking on this mantle of Arts Manager is an exciting new adventure for me!

I’m interested in research on architectural pedagogy, phenomenology, visual culture, visual/ sensorial ethnography, ethnographic fiction, urban studies, and spaces and places. As an artist, I try to incorporate ideas of intersubjectivity, lifeworlds and structures in my work which consists of patterns, natural elements, abstract and geometric. I’m also interested in crafts (ie. embroidery, knitting, crochet) and journaling. You can see more of my personal works at my website and on my Instagram account.

For me, this is a leap onto a branch of the art world with an opportunity to engage with various artists and art communities through a prestigious and inspiring artist residency program. Not only does Rimbun Dahan offer ample inspiration for the artistic soul but it also provides the perfect space and environment for many interdisciplinary or cross-cultural collaborations and conversations to flourish. I’m honoured to be part of Rimbun Dahan and will give my utmost in assisting our resident artists to make the best of their stay as well as contribute to a wealth of connections in the art world. I hope to facilitate a smooth sailing residency period for the artists and may we be blessed with bountiful artistic endeavours both within and without the compounds of this beautiful space. You can reach me at arts@rimbundahan.org