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