Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Buka Jalan


Buka Kolektif is pleased to present BUKA JALAN International Performance Arts Festival from 26 – 28 February 2011 at Balai Seni Lukis Negara.
The festival is the first main festival organized by Buka Kolektif after series of smaller event held in 2010 built up to this BUKA JALAN International Performance Art Festival, and the first community generated performance art festival to be held at the national art institution.

BUKA JALAN will feature a diverse mix of 16 artists from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, China, USA and Malaysia. Many interesting programs are taking place during the festival.
The festival will also host workshops and presentations to seed open and inclusive dialogue which we hope will further Buka Kolektif's belief in "art for all." In addition to that, artists at the festival and the audience will take part in an open forum of reflection, evaluation, critic and post moterm on Buka Jalan Festival 2011. It will be moderated by Sharon Chin, at the close
of the festival.


For 2 days, 16 artists, local and international will present their performance art work.

Date : Saturday and Sunday | 26 and 27 February 2011
Time : 5 - 11 pm
Venue : National Art Gallery,
2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200, Kuala Lumpur
*map to NAG, KL

Participating Artists
1. Aisyah Baharudin (Malaysia)
2. Avroco Nasir (Malaysia)
3. Akbar a.ka. Bebe ( Malaysia/Indonesia)
4.Chai 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 Party on 25th February 2011 at White Box, MAP @ Publika. A night of performance art happening by Jerk Kerouac, Chi Too, David Lim and Aidira Khaidir and more . Buka Party invites oppurtunity for the audience to participate in an open performance or responding to the situation. Not a political party, it is a welcoming party for theparticipating artists, local and international. Also for the art community to know each other, sharings and having fun together in a spirit to celebrate art.

Date : Friday, 25 February 2011
Time : 8 pm to 11.30 pm
Venue : White Box- MAP @ Publika,
Level G2-01, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

BUKA WORKSHOP : A Performance Art Workshop by Chai Qing Sonnerberg
Open for all, art student, enthusiast and performance artist are welcome to participate in this workshop conducted by China contemporary artist, Chai Qing Sonnerberg. Participation is without charge, places are limited, register now at

Date : Saturday, 26 February 2011
Time : 10 am to 12 pm
Venue : National Art Gallery,
2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200, Kuala Lumpur

artist's bio:

Cai Qing has been living and working as an independent artist in Europe and New York City since 1989. He is an Asst. Prof. at School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, Singapore. In 2009 he received A Class, best PhD student award, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China.
As a contemporary artist, he uses performance, installation, video and pictures to reveal his feelings and explain his ideas. The concept in most of his art is “Observer and be observed”. He is mostly interested in people of various backgrounds in different societies. He enjoys the interaction with different people and is often inspired by them. While Cai Qing remains highly productive and creative throughout these years, he also curated several important art shows with the same degree of novelty.
In 1998 he has co-curated China’s first contemporary art exhibition in a private space “Trace of Existence”, where he also showed his performance “cultivating”. “Long March trough Europe” in 2005, Kassel, Germany was a collaborative efforts between several artists who utilized the “Red Army” to symbolize the revolutionary Chinese spirit in western contemporary art world. “Drift” in 2005, New York was a show dealing with homeless people and refugees. Recently, in 2008 he curated the “Construction before Destruction”, the last performance show in Sifo art village before it’s modernization by the local officials.


Discussion, art talk and discourse. It will be featuring:

1) Round Table Discussion moderated by Ray Langenbach (MFA, PhD)

International artist and scholar on performance art, Ray Langenbach will be a moderator for a session of conversation and discussion between himself and other artists on experiences, reflections of performance art festivals around the world. All are welcome to know about forms, situations and and performance art movement around the world.

Date : Saturday, 26 February 2011
Time : 3 pm to 5 pm
Venue : National Art Gallery,
2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200, Kuala Lumpur

Artist's bio:

Ray Langenbach (MFA, PhD). Originally from Boston, 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, 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).

Presently lecturing at School of Performance + Media, Sunway University College, Selangor, Malaysia.

2) The Works of Varsha Nair

Varsha Nair, an internationally renowned visual and performance artist will give an artist talk about her works throughout this year.

Date : Sunday, 27 February 2011
Time : 10 am to 12 am
Venue: National Art Gallery,
2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200, Kuala Lumpur

Artist's bio:

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 2007, Taiwan; 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, 2006 and 2004; 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.

3) Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival, by Padungsak Kochsomrong

The presentation focusing on the Asiatopia Festival of neighbouring Thailand that was successfully organized for the 12th edition annually, last year. The Asiatopia are one of the important performance art festival in the region of Asia.

Date : Sunday, 27 Februari 2011
Time : 2 pm - 4 pm
Venue : Balai Seni Lukis Negara
2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Artist's bio:

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.


An open forum of reflection, evaluation, critic and post moterm on Buka Jalan Festival 2011. It will be moderated by Sharon Chin.

Date : Monday, 28 February 2011
Time : 8 pm to 10 pm
Venue: National Art Gallery,
2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200, Kuala Lumpur

Artist's bio:

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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