PEACE PREVAILS

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Monday, 6 July 2020

KARYA BAPAK SAYA

KARYA BAPAK SAYA
Seni Installasi & elektronik

Tajuk: Tak diberi, mungkin "Jgn lalai tengok tv sampai lupa solat!! (ada byk versi) |
Tahun: mungkin 2012-2014 |
Bahan: Dakwat 'marker pen' atas bingkai tv yg baru beli (ditulis dgn selamba tanpa was2), tv bersiaran (jika 'off' pun takpa) |
Koleksi: Bonda (yg 'makan hati' sebab tv yg elok2 dah kena conteng)
Anugerah: Bakat Berkat Sepanjang Zaman | Pernah dipamerkan di Bukit Beruntung & Kampung Batu |
Harga : tak mungkin dpt dibeli dgn wang-ringgit

Teori : Teori kritikal & budaya, kritikan media, semiotik, interteks, dekonstruksi, rentas-budaya, pasca-kolonial, ....
Pendekatan : Parodi, intervensi, 'found object', 'situationist'.....



Monday, 29 June 2020

LIVING ART, LIVING PATHWAYS



LIVING ART & LIVING PATHWAYS
Any word that we say repeatedly, becomes a magnet. Words contain energy, they vibrate. These r 2 books that I acquired recently. Both are so inspiring. One of which I was honored to b a part of. Two words stand out - 'living' & 'pathways'. Another word has become ingrained in me, its there forever, it has become a part of  me - art. For the past 10 years or so, those two words have been vibrating quite frequently in my consciousness & utterance. I really hope more people read these books, that is if their consciousnes & repeated utterance are drawing such inspiring books into their living experience. Life is about living & being, not just about having & owning more (in a crazy rat race of greedy capitalistic development model that numbs the soul). Please choose our words wisely. The whole world is increasingly becoming so poisonous. Im tired of it.

Friday, 12 June 2020

DUHAI HERO JADIAN


Ada ramai hero2 belakang tabir, yg tak didendang. Banyak kebaikan yg timbul. Byk hikmah. Tapi engkau tak nampak.

Yang engkau nampak adalah segala yg bebal. Lepas tu kau bahan, kecam, kongsi & sebar. Kau guna dalil amal makruf nahi mungkar. Kau hero jadian.

Kalau kau nampak dgn mata kepala kau seorang melakukan kemungkaran, kau sendiri halang dia. Nampak & saksi depan mata tau, bukan dari internet atau dari sumber2 yg tak sahih. Halanglah dgn kebaikan, dgn sabar, dgn kebijaksanaan, dgn ilmu, dgn hikmah, dgn budi & belas. Kalau boleh kau buat senyap2 orang lain tak tau. 

Kalau dia tak mahu dengar juga, & kau dah cuba mcm2 cara berkali2, kau serah pada Allah sebab kau dah berusaha. Dlm hati kau tetap tak setuju dgn perbuatan mungkar dia. Bukannya kau jadikan dia bahan grup whatsap, facebook, twitter & lain2 media mengecam & menyebar keaiban. Bukannya kau tuduh org yg tak ikut serta mengecam sebagai berdiam diri, tak menghalang kemungkaran. Kononnya kemungkaran terjadi sebab orang baik tak buat apa2. Kau pasti ke. Orang yg benar2 baik tak heboh2 bila dia buat baik, dan bila dia halang kemungkaran.






Tuesday, 26 May 2020

VOICE / SUARA


If some people claim to 'represent' the voice of the 'voiceless', dont listen to them, so that the 'voiceless' can b heard.

(Jika ada pihak mengatakan mereka 'mewakili' suara pihak yg 'tidak didengari suara mereka', jgn dengar, agar yg 'tidak didengari' itu dapat didengar dgn jelas dan tepat.)

LOVE & KNOWLEDGE KASIH SAYANG & ILMU PENGETAHUAN

Basic teaching guide. Give love first, then knowledge.

Knowledge changes, comes and goes. Love is eternal.

Panduan pengajaran yg asas. Berikan kasih-sayang dulu, lepas tu barulah ilmu.

Ilmu bertukar berubah, datang dan pergi. Kasih-sayang abadi.

ANGEL'S ADVOCATE ADVOKASI MALAIKAT


The thing about the phrase 'devil's advocate' is that many who use it end up not 'advocating' anything. Instead, they become the 'devil' itself.

I go for angel's advocate.

ADVISE

ADVISE

Basic rule of giving advise - listen first.
Another basic rule of giving advise - get to know who u r advising first.

3 PENDINDING


3 RAHSIA ALAMIAH SEBAGAI PENDINDING SITUASI DI ATAS : IKHLAS, REDHA & SYUKUR. (3 secrets of the Universe as shields against the situation above : Sincerity, Acceptance, & Gratitude.)

Hakuna-matata kita semua!

Friday, 22 May 2020

MEMORI TERHAKIS - TENTANG WARISAN LISAN YG SERING DIANCAM LUPA


Kembali ke 2012.

Apakah ada 'harga' yang boleh diletakkan pada 'memori' kedua ayahanda dan bonda kita? Adakah ia boleh disamakan dengan kerakusan kita mengejar nilai wang ringgit mahupun harta berbenda? Adakah ianya boleh dikuantifikasikan (quantify kata orang putih) menjadi saiz ukuran besar kecil? Adakah memori ini sesuai ditunggang dengan fikir dan rasa yang sudah dijumudkan oleh nilai pasaran?

Bonda dan Ayahanda adalah penyimpan khazanah memori keluarga yang terpenting. Baru-baru ni saya dikuliahkan secara kasual oleh seorang pelawat dari Peranchis, Prof. Nicole Revel, pakar warisan lisan sedunia, semasa dia menziarahi Muzium dan Galeri Tuanku Fauziah (MGTF) USM. Dia rakan Dato' Saleh Yappar, seorang pakar warisan/bahasa/sastera di USM yang sangat saya hormati. Dato' Saleh membawa Prof. Nicole untuk melihat khazanah warisan yang tersimpan di MGTF. 

Dah hampir tujuh tahun saya berkebun di MGTF, tapi saya sendiri malu kerana masih tidak fasih menghargai khazanah lisan keluarga sendiri, tidak merakamkannya untuk diwariskan sebagai pusaka yang tak ternilai generasi akan datang. Saya menanam kebun memori di USM, tapi kebun memori Bonda dan Ayahanda saya pinggirkan. Agaknya saya masih ada badi SAKA fahanam 'kebendaan', bila sampai pada bab pusaka lisan Bonda dan Ayahanda sendiri(yang tak nampak, yang takda jasad), saya sendiri kantoi. 

Dr. Nicole sampaikan banyak pesan dan teguran yang amat bermanfaat (walaupun telinga dan hati pedih juga menerimanya), semuanya persis ubat pahit yang perlu ditelan. Tak cukup datang sekali, esoknya saya jemput dia di Hotel Vistana untuk ziarah MGTF sekali lagi. Kali ni saya bawa dia ke tingkat atas untuk dileteri. Prof. Nicole jenis orang yang jujur, terus menegur tanpa tapis. Saya, Zolkurnian dan staf yang lain angguk je.



Sangat ironik kerana saya dikejutkan oleh 'orang putih' yang lebih menghargai warisan lisan 'bangsa' saya sendiri.

Saya sendiri perlu ada perubahan paradigma atau anjakan'mindset', terutama bila berdepan dengan mereka yang sering saya anggap sebagai 'dah tua' dan 'dah nyanyuk'. Betulkah dah nyanyuk? Atau sebenarnya, jauh dalam minda 'sub-conscious' mereka ni (Bonda dan Ayahanda contohnya), ada khazanah yang amat berharga. Dalam kita sibuk mengejar dan dikejar mimpi benda, bagaimanakah sikap kita terhadap khazanah memori ini, mahupun jasadnya yang dah lusuh, tua dan rapuh (seperti juga Bonda dan Ayahanda, jika tidak pun MGTF yang saya tatang sepanjang hampir tujuh tahun itu). Dah tiba masanya saya juga buat hijrah yang baru.

Bila saya tenang, saya ditunjukkan bahawa dalam diri ini sudah tertanam (juga secara sub-conscious) segala khazanah berharga ini, sepanjang saya dididik oleh Bonda dan Ayahanda selama ini. Cuma saya saja yang sering dihijab oleh ego diri yang kecil tu. Jika diselak habis ego ni (dan ditewaskan 'monster bising' yang mengganggunya), barulah saya kenal bahawa sayalah pewaris khazanah memori ini. Tugas saya adalah untuk mewariskannya pula pada anak-anak dan cucu-cucu pula.

Sesekali saya ronda (jalan-jalan) sekitar bandar. Bandar Teluk Intan menjadi 'penanda' kepada banyak bentuk pusaka lisan, khazanah dan sejarah warisan Bonda dan Ayahanda serta keluarga. Namun, penanda2 ini juga semakin lupus ditelan zaman.

Fitrah benda, lupus. Fitrah makna, berubah-ubah. Fitrah memori, lupa. Fitrah kasih & belas.... rentas ruang & masa. 

Sunday, 17 May 2020

BAGI KAUM YG MEMIKIRKAN

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=m-616Ov2foQ

Selamat datang ke dunia normal baru, yg sewajarnya mengembalikan kita kpd normal fitrah hukum alam. Asasnya adalah pengesaan Yg Maha Pencipta. Pada alam & dlm diri manusia terkandung tanda2 utk mereka yg mahu memeri hati, merenung, menghayati, mengkaji, memikir. Sains & seni adalah dua arus dari sumber yg Satu. Keduanya menjadi denai fikir dan zikir. Tanpa fikir & zikir, manusia & alam akan terus saling menyakiti & menyebarkan wabak minda & hati.

Dikongsi refleksi ekologi kerohanian atau 'spiritual ecology' hasil usaha #senafassenadi di @rumahtokcu. Betulkan tajwidnya jika salah. Selamat bertemu lailatul-qadar.

Friday, 15 May 2020

GURU2 ADEELA, AMIRA & AININA


Menjadi guru2 terbaik utk Adeela, Amira & Ainina adalah profesion paling osem dalam dunia.

FROM MAIZOL

I have 3 great teachers in my wonderful life.
Dedicated to:
Thanks to my dad: Bahar Arus being my 39 years as my mentor in this field, who guided me all the day, support me to become artist, educator and designer. Thanks pop. Do not stop be as my mentor.

Not to forget to my beloved SIFOO, Kebun Jiwa Halus (prof Hasnul J.S) with my full respect and most memorable thick and thin experiences with you sir when i was green and empty spaces.Guided me with your full guidances and fill the blank with colorful energy. You taught me to become multitasking (flow like a water metaphor) that really absorb me as what has turned me today. You are my live encyclopedia. Thank you sir.

Last but not least, Prof Fauzan Omar......you are the coolest old man with young in heart. Thank you with your strong advice and guided me to be good artist and person.

May Allah swt giving you guys a good health and prosperity.
Terima kasih cikgu.

-maizul-
  2016




Wednesday, 13 May 2020

BAHASA TERANCAM - BAHASA TANAH AIR





Saya budak pekan. Tak faham bahasa tanah dan pokok. Bila saya pergi ke kebun yg diusahakan mak dan bapak saya, saya tanya diri sendiri, "Apala dua  orang tua ni suka sangat dengan kebun ni. Bukan jadi kaya pun." Lepas tu saya mendongak. Saya nampak pandangan ni. Agaknya pucuk2 pokok tu jawab balik soalan saya yang sombong tadi. Yang tumbuh memanglah pokok2, tapi yang ditanam oleh mak dan bapak saya adalah kasih mereka kepada anak2 dan generasi akan datang, juga pada alam. Ilmu ni tak perlu pi universiti kejar ijazah tinggi2 utk dicapai. Ilmu ni syaratnya adalah membalas kasih mak bapak, hormati mereka, berbakti kepada mereka, doakan yg baik2 untuk mereka, panjangkan ilmu yang baik2 dari mereka. Ilmu ini hilang jika kita kurang ajor pada mak dan bapak. Tolongla jgn kurang ajor, 'demanding' itu ini dgn mak dan bapak kita. Akal bijak, tanpa dipacu budi, serupa kereta mahal dipandu dgn mata yang tertutup. Datang ke Universiti bukan hanya utk bentuk fikiran yang hebat2 je sampai bergelar Dr, tapi yang lebih penting adalah untuk memurnikan hati, Tolongla jgn jadi generasi Kylo Ren. Dalam sibuk nak jadi bijak dan pandai, jagalah kebun hati masing2. Orang bijak pandai dah ramai bersepah terutama dlm universiti, orang yang bijak-pandai juga jujur dan baik hati, perlu dijadikan majoriti.

DUHAI PEMINJAM CAHAYA YG MENUNGGU LAILATULQADAR



50 trilion sel dlm badan. Setiap sel terkandung dlmnya atom2 yg tak terkira. Dlm setiap atom ada partikel2 bercaj positif & negatif berputar dlm frekuensi (orbit) yg telah difitrahkan tanpa henti, dlm simetri (imbangan). Rahsia dualiti (berpasang-pasangan), putaran & imbangan telah diwahyukan utk mereka yg mahu menggunakan akal & kalbu. Putaran yg bergetar ini mencipta simfoni fitrah yg indah penuh Kasih & Belas. Semuanya ada getaran tersendiri. Semuanya peminjam cahaya. Semuanya, dari sekecil2 partikel sub-atomik hingga ke fenomena kosmik, dizahir dari Cahaya Medan Kearifan Infinit Yg Tunggal. Semuanya saling-bertaut. Semuanya akur pd Hukum Resonan, Hukum Polariti, Hukum Relativiti, Hukum Sebab & Akibat, Hukum Pertumbuhan, Hukum Infinit. Hukum2 inilah yg dimuliakan sebagai fitrah. Pilihlah utk bertaut & getarkan SALAM SEJAHTERA. Biar getaran itu terus bergema melimpah tanpa henti. Mula dgn SALAM kiri & kanan utk 50 trilion sel yg memberi kita pengalaman berjasad. Moga yg membaca ini bergetar dlm limpahan Cahaya Yg Sejahtera. Moga ia merebak menular menjadi limpahan cahaya atas cahaya. Lailatulqadar @ 7 Tingkat Permai, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


ANOTHER EPISODE OF RAMADAN BLUES


(a long throwback 1978/9)



Ramadan always envelops me with a certain kind of blues. It lures throwbacks or flasbacks. Perhaps it is like the side & rear mirrors that remind me to look back as I race forward.

The vibe of Ramadan has a certain way of re-booting. The fasting, iftar, sahur, tarawih prayer, zikr, tadarus, all collectively provide the means for detox & re-booting. Time & space seems to warp, folding & unfolding, twisting & overlapping sometimes. At times, especially when I managed to let go, time & space simply dissolve.

No, this is not some #deep thing. Not even a 'thing'. Its about closeness & intimacy in living & being. The blues is like a vehicle, a pre-requisite to drive us to a destination. The destination is love & compassion. The driver is our own heart. But before we could drive on our own, we needed our parents to drive us.

Whenever I wear a white kurta, a jubah, a kopiah, with a serban cloth that my late father gave me, reciting verses during solat, or reciting the Quran with melody (taranum) especially during Ramadan, first thing I felt is my childhood. That includes the experience of being brought to suraus & masjids by my late father since I was 5 or 6, his family kuliahs or ngajis (lectures) and in the case of this posting, my experience of learning the beautiful & sublime art of reciting the Quran from him.

He was my first Guru. He taught me to love the Quran. I participated in many musabaqahs, won few. Whenever I recite, I could feel his presence within me, like a whisper, so close & intimate - "be love Hasnul, not angry. A strong person is a person who is sabar (patience) & can control his anger".

If I missed him, whenever Im alone, pondering about life, I recite the Quran the way he taught me. I could hear him within me.

I remember he used to tell me, "guru can only teach & point, only Allah can award hidayah". At this stage of life, I have learned that hidayah doesnt come without a series of test. Everyone has his or her own test.

As we glance back at our rear & side mirrors while facing our own tests along our path & journey, I pray that all of us be enveloped by LOVE & COMPASSION, and awarded with True Hidayah.


Sunday, 26 April 2020

BLUES TELUK INTAN - MASTAN GHANI



Rojak Mastan, rutin wajip. Tidak sama dgn rojak mamak yg lazim terdapat di merata Malaysia. Lidah saya dibesarkan dgn rasa rojak ini. 


BLUES TELUK INTAN NAIK TARAF KEDAI KOPI & RUNCIT

Aku jalan kaki dari rumah ke sini utk tunggu bas sekolah. Ini bekas kedai runcit dan kedai minum Pak Yob tempat tonggang air soda dan sarsi botol, sebelum munculnya menatang bernama 'STAR-Bak-semua-duit-hang' dan Kopibin. Ia akan diruntuh utk diganti dgn bangunan batu di lokasi lain. Memori aku kehilangan tanda. 


BLUES TELUK INTAN KEDAI GUNTING RAMBUT MANIAM (sejak 1969)


Papan ni la tempat saya di'naik-taraf'kan agar dpt digunting rambut semasa saya kecil. Tak pernah ditukar. Begitu juga dgn kerusinya. Maniam dulu juga ialah tukang gunting 'Hero' (arwah ayahanda) utk lebih kurang 30+ tahun. Bukan 3 ye, 30+ k.

Maniam, masih tetap hensem. 2015.
Signage tanpa sebarang bidaah rekabentuk. Rekabentuk dalaman tanpa lemak2 hipsters.


 

Friday, 24 April 2020

TELUK INTAN BLUES




ADA APA KAT TELUK INTAN?



Ni bagi aku cerita sikit utk jawab soalan hipster jadian & urbanite prasan yg aku sayangi. Bapak aku ustad. Bapak dia cikgu. Kedua2 mereka mengajar di sekolah yg sama. Dua2 garang giler. Mereka hantar kami ke tadika tepi gereja, cikgunya mcm2 bangsa. Kami menari 'ball dance' sama2. Sekolah rendah bersama dari darjah 1 sampai darjah enam. Tingkatan 1 dia pergi sekolah asrama penuh (sekolah budak2 pandai yg dpt 5A, STAR ipoh). Aku dpt 2A, 2B, 1C tak cukup pandai. Dia pergi luar negara sambung belajar, aku pergi lewat. Dia ambil bidang kejuruteraan, aku seni lukis. Bapak dia guru disiplin, pernah rotan aku. Tapi bapak dia juga bapak angkat aku. Rumah tu rumah kedua aku. Aku main hoki kayu batang ubi di padang tu. Masa kecil, padang tu rasa mcm stadium. Dgn bapak dia, aku belajar melukis, kenal cat minyak, tarpentin, minyak linseed, pelet, berus,...dan rokok dunhill. Bila berada di rumah ini, segala riak angkuh sombong prasan hebat dah jadi pelukis karyawan urban kontemporari rebel dasyat konon, boleh cair hilang dan lupus. Ini tapak asal aku minat melukis, yg telah membuka denai hidup dan karier kerja bermodalkan 'suka melukis'. Rumah dia dekat je dgn rumah aku. Selepas solat Raya, kawan aku ni selalu ada depan rumah dtg beraya. Dia anak sorang. Keluarga aku 8 orang. Dia jadi kontraktor berjaya, aku jadi sejahterawan bahagia ok juga. Anak dia enam orang, aku tiga dah cukup. Sekarang, dpt jumpa 2/3 tahun sekali pun, syukur. Ayat lazim dia tiap kali jumpa, 'balik la oiii'. Itulah antara yg ada di teluk intan. Takda apa2 yg glamor. Tak pelik2, giler2, art2, konsep2. Takda mesej yg deep deep pun.

CIKGU AZIZ




Dia guru seni lukis aku yg pertama. Masa itu aku baru 11-12 tahun. Belajar malas melukis rajin. Dia layan aku mcm anak sendiri. Rumah dia jadi rumah kedua aku. Beraya di rumah dia acara wajib. Anak dia (seorang je) jadi kawan baik aku. Dia layan minat aku melukis. Aku selalu lepak studio dia sambil tengok dia melukis, dan sedut bau tarpentin campur asap rokok benson&hedges dia. 

Dia kenalkan aku pada cat minyak, tarpentin, minyak linseed, kanvas, pelet, berus. Ada masa dia suruh aku si budak darjah 6 touch up lukisan dia. Kalau ada pertandingan seni lukis, dia mesti panggil aku. Setelah aku sambung belajar & kerja, jarang berpeluang utk jumpa. Tak pernah dpt peluang utk balas budi. Cuma dapat sekali hadiahkan potret ini utk dia, selepas tamat pengajian seni halus di uitm 1988. Sekarang cikgu Aziz dah takda, cuma dpt hadiahkan dia Al-Fatihah.


Ilmu lalu lagi osem dari ilmu buku. Di dinding itu lukisan cikgu Aziz. Sekitar 1976/77. Itulah antara rujukan seni yg awal utk aku. Masa tu aku tak tau pun apa bendanya teknik pointilism, impressionism, partitive mixing (warna bercampur dlm minda), mood cahaya, warna sejuk panas dan neutral dan segala ilmu buku. 

Sejauh mana pun belajar, setinggi mana pun ijazah, sehebat apa pun pangkat dan gelaran, anugerah dan hadiah, segala kpi, indeks dan nombor yg dicapai, tidak sama dgn ilmu lalu yg mengajak kita pulang kpd guru2 yg pernah membuka denai awal utk kita. 

Thursday, 16 April 2020

GHOST OF THE PAST Q&A (2009)

GHOST OF THE PAST Q&A

The following is a excerpt from a newspaper interview in 2009, printed in conjunction with exhibition.
 
  1. You have been practicing for 29 years, how have you progressed as an artist?

Thank you for your interest in interviewing me. I am honored and grateful.

How have I progressed? I hope I have done ok. As an artist, I hope my personal ‘growth’ has also contributed well to others, my family, my friends, the local, regional and international visual art scene, other than to my own self or my personal career.

There are many layers of one’s personal growth or what we normally called ‘progress’ – and most of the outer layers have to do with tangible things – my output perhaps, which is multi-dimensional – drawings, paintings, video art, installations, performances, theatre, music compositions, plus my writings, curatorial work, my teaching and administrative/directing roles.  They are tangible of course, and can be documented in my CV or resume and portfolio. They are diverse and trans-disciplines – which I prefer to call ‘cross-encounters’ or ‘cross-borders’. I guess it has been the theme of my personal growth – hence the title of the exhibition – ‘In Between the Lines’. I have been ‘progressing’ in between many lines or disciplines. I like to summarize my ‘progress’ that way.

But, other than tangible things, there are also intangible dimension to one’s growth - the more important and intrinsic kind of growth or progress, so to speak. I prefer to look at my growth as an artist in three terms – spiritually, mentally and emotionally. My drawings are physical indexes of my spiritual, mental and emotional journey. ‘In between the lines’ may also imply my personal negation between spirit, mind and emotion. It is in such journey that I encounter both the good and bad sides of myself. ‘Meanings’ in one’s life journey may be found in between these intangible ‘lines’, I guess. I think I am now at the stage where I am more interested in my spiritual journey.


2. What keeps you going as an artist for so long?
Passion and love.


3. How different is the KL/Malaysian art scene then (when you first started) and now?
This question requires a long answer. Hope its ok for u. It may be a bit self-indulged.

I entered the local art scene in the late 1980s. Then, the local art scene was centered on abstract, water color paintings and ‘revisiting our cultural roots/heritage’ theme. Big and beautiful paintings were bought by institutions, especially private institutions. Some of us called them ‘lobby art’. I guess it was the peak of Malaysian modernism (or formalism), before it was later deconstructed and made fragmented by younger artists during the 1990s through experimental works that include site-specific installation, video, performances, plus expansion of issues that touch beyond aesthetic and formalism - that include identity and representation, cultural marginalization, local politics, the economy, etc.

The seeds of such fragmentation was already planted in the late 1980s, and emerged during the 1990s. Several UiTM and MIA students were already toying with the idea of big installation, mixed-media and expanded paintings, converging multiple fine art disciplines into one expanded installation, experimenting with computers and videos, inserting performative element, going into conceptual approach (echoing the 70s), doing research-based work, exerting angst and revitalizing expressionism through figurative works and many more.

I was surrounded (and inspired) by fellow friends who were also interested in experimenting beyond the traditional confine of fine art. I had Taufik Abdullah, Fauzin Mustaffa, Mohd Noor Mahmud, Mohd Amin Busu, Rozana Mohamed (who later became my beloved wife) as my sparring in my class; inspired by more experimental and figurative works by our seniors such as Jailani Abu Hassan, Rafie Ghani, Akif Emir, Tengku Sabri, Mastura Rahman, Romli Mahmud, Haron Mokhtar, Ahmad Shukri Elias, Riaz Jamil, Young Jefrey, Mi Pak Lah, Hanafiah Waiman and many more. We were challenged and allowed to experiment (sometimes encouraged, albeit discreetly) by lecturers such as Fauzan Omar, Ismail Zain, Ponirin Amin, Ariffin Ismail and Zakaria Awang, even though there were other lecturers whom I called ‘discipline masters’ who placed emphasis on the fundamentals such as Ruzaika Omar Basaree, Amron Omar, Awang Damit, Joseph Tan, Chong Kam Kaw and Tan Tuck Kan. I was blessed with a good combination of lecturers. Ismail Zain was highly influential, especially in shaping my thinking. I was also touched by Kamarudzaman Mat Isa’s early experimentation with computer to produce art.

Then, there were also these undying spirit and refreshing energy emanating from artists such as Zulkifli Yusoff, Suhaimi Tular, Roskang Jalani, Tan Chin Kuan, Liew Kungyu, Wong Hoy Cheong, Askandar Unglert (based in Penang, who was already a senior artist at that time), Ray Langenbach and Phuah Chin Kok who were already experimenting with various media then. Most of them were not ‘making money’ out of their works. My juniors such as Raja Shahriman, and the Matahati artists were too ‘na├»ve’ then, even though they later picked up the vibes and became superstars in the 90s. I think these artists were genuinely ‘exciting’ when they initially started, at least for me. They were more interested in researching, testing, challenging, expanding, experimenting, questioning, exploring, other than ‘expressing in a raw and immediate manner’ – traits that I sometimes found lacking nowadays. For me, they were the artists that drove several interesting trajectories during the late 1980s and the 90s.

It was during the late 80s that multi-arts engagements continued to be revitalized by groups such as Centerstage and Five Arts Center. I was also privileged to be involved with individuals from the theater and music scenes – Normah Nordin, Najib Noor, Fauziah Nawi, Iryanda Mulia, Dida, Peggy Tan, Marion D Cruz, Krishen Jit, and singers Eddin Khoo (who was active composing and singing then), Rafique, Hassan and Markizah and Dr. Wan Zawawi. I had my initial trans-disciplines encounters and training at Centerstage – under the tutelage of Normah Nordin and Najib Noor. I also ‘lepak’ with Ladin Nuawi (a poet, now a well-known Malay children’s theater director). We mingled like brothers and sisters.

I think the 90s are one of the most exiting decades in the local visual art scene. Perhaps I am bias. When I came back from USA in 1993, I hope I could inflict similar interest in journeying or experimenting beyond the convention of fine art to my students then – amongst them were Noor Azizan Paiman, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Rosli Zakaria, Sharmiza Abu Hassan, Faizal Zulkifli, Suhaimi Tohid, Syed Alwi, Hamidi Hadi, Daud Rahim, Farid Zainuddin and many more. I continued to engage with Centerstage and Five Arts Center through several projects. I met several more people in other fields such as Janet Pillai, U-Wei Shaari, Amir Muhammad, Hasnul Rahmat, Isazaly and Naguib Razak. When I was in UNIMAS, I worked with Fauzan Omar and Niranjan Rajah to devise a new curriculum for fine art that is more expanded. Fauzan with his expanded painting, while Niranjan and I with e-art. I acquired several interesting students and lasting friends from various disciplines in UNIMAS such as Hafiz Askiak (composer), Hamzah Tahir (scenographer), Zulkalnain Zainal Abidin (photographer), Anuar Ayob, Safrizal Shahir, Tan Sei Hon, Rachel Ng, Veronica Sham;  later in Cenfad such as Jimmy Choong, Fitriyah Yunus, Sharifah Amira, Sabina Arokiam, and my ‘Sonneratia’ (Youth Art Camp) students/friends – Sooshie Sulaiman, Bibi Chew, Juhari Said, Imri Nasution, Roopesh Sitharan, Tan Hui Koon, Joseph Teo Choon Chin, Kok Yoong, Goh Chiu Kuan, and many more. Most of them have become artists (or work in the art scene) who belongs to the late 1990s and post 2000. Some have been active in expanding the art scene into alternative terrains.

What we have now are mostly echoes of the 1990s, with young artists emerging and working on the basis of what has been expanded and fore-grounded by artists in the 1990s. They have more opportunities, more support, more ‘visibility’, more spaces, more avenues to pursue their passions. More may not be good all the time. In fact, I think Malaysians have been spoilt by ‘more’ rather than ‘less’. In fact, I think some young artists have been too ‘over-rated’. Even the term contemporary and ‘young artists’ might have been over-rated too. I hope there will be more genuine or ‘original’ ventures that reflect the spirit, challenges, trial and tribulations of the post 2000 coming out from the works of our younger artists now, rather than mere echoes and pr exercises. 


4. You have done figurative drawing, paintings, installation and electronic art.  What sort of artworks can we expect from you in the coming future?  Will you be experimenting on new media?
I am currently working on merging video art and painting, focusing on the ‘temporal’ side of ‘colors and images’. Other than that, currently I am more interested in directing trans-disciplinary projects that are more ‘people-oriented’. I will continue to explore the notion of ‘identity/representation’ in relation to ‘new media’ through collaborative online projects. They may not be labeled as my individual ‘work’, but I gain more satisfaction by engaging in these types of projects – I have to work with many people from many different disciplines, I can create a space for opportunities, ideas and possibilities to take place. I may anticipate a result but the result will only be determined by the nature of synergies between various individuals/parties (again the word ‘between’). I am more pre-occupied now with this type of organic working style, rather than working alone like a typical artist. It makes me less selfish.


5. Who/which artists do you think are currently shaping the local art scene?
I think the local art scene is always shaped by many parties, rather than artists alone. Nowadays, even artists are being shaped – through aggressive branding or pr exercise which includes a team of gallery owners/promoters, copy writers, art directors, photographers, art writers/scholars, editors, institutions etc. Media people and people in the publishing industry also play a very important role, not to mention the ‘new media’ – blogs, websites, e-forum, etc.  Then we have the collectors and corporate sponsors – we should not forget that their decision in sponsoring an artist will likely make the selected artist an important and influential artist.

I hope the local art scene is not merely shaped by the ebb and flow of ‘money’, impression, glamour and glitters, but also by substance such as ideas, concepts, views, perceptions, emotions and other intangible vibes that are pertinent to our collective growth as a nation. I refer to this as the inner layers of an artist, not the outer layers. Most of the general idea of an artist being influential in shaping the art scene is based on the outer layers. When you interview artists (or more and more artists), you will notice that their ideas, sentiments, emotions are intricately interconnected to other artists as well (or people outside the art scene). I am more interested in this undercurrent.

My answer is that all of us who are involve in the art scene, no matter how small or how big we think our contribution is, are significant in shaping our art scene. Now is the best time to think this way, rather than leaving it to certain artists, individuals, groups, institutions, policy-makers etc.


6. Is it fulfilling being an artist?
Yes.


7. Do you think art has commercial appeal/value here in KL?
Yes. It may even help to create a commercial appeal and added value to KL, if one wanted to. Other than that, art is more than commercial appeal. It touches our soul. KL needs more ‘soul searching’, not just business as usual only. ‘Business as usual’ sometimes may breed jealousy and envy, which may lead to ‘hatred’ – the ‘real’ enemy that lies within everyone.


8. What advice do you have for young budding artist?
Be sincere and truthful to one’s own soul – then one may discover the real enemy, as well as the real super-hero within oneself.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

APA PESAN GUNUNG

APA PESAN GUNUNG
(Lagi satu skrip tak siap, yg kalau rajin, u ol tolong gua siapkan secara berjemaah)

Gunung:
Hei manusia yg kerdil! Kenapa kamu datang ke sini? Bukankah kamu telah dilantik menjadi khalifah? Bukankah kamu yg diberi amanah?

Orang:
Adoiii, sori la brader gunung. Gua lupa la. Gua lalai. Apa yg patut gua buat sekarang, brader? Gua bingung ni. Lu tolongla bagi panduan.


BAIK PUNYA KUCING

throwBAIK PUNYA
(Skrip filem pendek yg tak sempat siap)

Orang:
hoi kucing oren, nak gi mana ni brader? Nak ikut.

Kucing oren:
Nak lari & asingkan diri. Apasal lu ikut plak ni, issssshh.

Orang:
Lari & asing dari siapa bro?

Kucing oren:
Dari virus la

Orang:
Corona ke?

Kucing oren:
Bukan corona.
Manusia.



throwBAIK PUNYA part 2.

Orang:
Lu jaga2 sikit brader. Ada dengar tak tomyam kucing?

Kucing oren:
Ada. Tapi semua yg makan tomyam tu dah mati kena penyakit.

Orang:
Abis tu, kenapa tuduh manusia virus?

Kucing oren
Sebab bodoh, bebal, sombong, angkuh, tamak-haloba, insecure, tak syukur nikmat, suka bersengketa, kecam mengecam dan degilnya sgt cepat & senang merebak, terutama dlm media sosial.  Tak dapat nak dikuarantin. Bahaya.

Dah, ketepi sikit. Aku nak pi bercuti dari manusia yg otak dia bising, hati dia kacau. Lu duduk rumah diam2. Minta ampun pd Tuhan. Minta maaf sesama manusia. Berhentilah buat kerosakan atas bumi. Kalau nak disenaraikan, tak cukup kertas. Tobatla. Tukarla gaya hidup yg hodoh & tak lestari tu. Kembalila kpd fitrah lu. Gemakanlah belas.

Nah, tengok ni. Aku nak blahh. Meowww!

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throwBAIK PUNYA. Part 3

Kucing oren:
Lu faham tak? Lu pernah kena buru ke? Kena tembak? Kena perangkap? Lepas tu, kena siksa macam2 cara sebelum dimakan, hidup2 tau! Lu pernah kena ke? Siapa yg binatang sebenarnya??

Lu buru binatang yg makin pupus. Lu musnahkan hutan, halau orang asal, rosakkan habitat semulajdi. Lu tebang pokok2 yg memaksi bumi, ratakan gunung & bukit, bubuh racun dalam tanah & sungai, buang toksid dalam laut, cemarkan udara, apa hal? Pembangunan ke? Apa yg bangun? Apa yg lu faham? Lu rosakkan bumi, bumi sakit, sampai tenat demam panas melampau, lu ada kisah? Bumi sakit, binatang sakit, ekosistem sakit, lu pun sakit la! Lu faham ke. Apasal la lu hanya nampak, 'property', 'capital', 'profit margin' bla bla bla.... Apasal lu angkuh & sombong.

Aku boleh go on and on and on and on.........sampai kiamat.

Memang padan muka lu semua kena kurung dlm rumah!! Itupun tak serik2 lagi!! Apa punya bebal. Nasib baik aku binatang. Siapa yg rakus, tamak, buas & ganas sebenarnya?

Orang:
Gua yg begitu brader. Maafkan kami.



PENGASINGAN

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PENGASINGAN
... dari apa ya. 

Ini bukan Bukit Tursina. Bukan juga Gua Hira. Namun ada ketika bila bingit minda & ribut perasaan manusia makin mewabak, kita lari mencari Tursina & Hira masing2.

Dalam diam ada DIA. 

Stay cool u ol.

SEDAR & SYUKUR


SEDAR & SYUKUR
Anak2 & cucu atok yg dikasihi. Jom fokus pd rasa syukur terhadap apa yg kita ada. Masa depan kamu dicipta oleh apa yg kamu fokus, sekarang.

MINDFULNESS & GRATITUDE
My beloved children & grandchildren. Let us focus on being grateful of what we have. Your future is created by what u focus on, now.