New media art in the country will receive a much-welcomed boost in the form of ArtTech KL, a multi-faceted platform utilising various methods of engagement including exhibitions, workshops, conferences and talks to promote the growth of this branch of art.
The event is set to bring together creative persons from Malaysia and abroad who are involved in new media art, opening avenues for knowledge-sharing and collaborations within this community. ArtTech KL will also delve into the state and development of this art form in the nation, with in-depth discussions headed by local and international panellists.
ArtTech KL aims to address the inadequate recognition of new media art in Malaysia, specifically among the public, government bodies and institutions, despite the fact that there is no shortage of creative individuals and collectives contributing to the field.
Serving as a window into new media art, a mini exhibition centred on it will take up a section of the event’s venue in the heart of KL, Slate at the Row. This exhibition will feature interactive installations and projection-mapping among other eye-catching displays.
Adding to the event’s function as a platform supporting the development of new media art in Malaysia through various events such as talks, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and more, this collection should provide great insight to the creative process that goes into the artwork, and the skilful potential of the artists who produce them.
There are several local and international artists who will be on hand at ArtTech KL to showcase the depths of their abilities in new media art. Read on to discover four of them, whose respective biographies reveal their styles and inclinations, as well as their current pursuits.
Lim Kok Yoong
This Malaysian born media artist works in digital media. The majority of his works are not confined to any specific medium, but often takes the form of installations. His works investigate the mind, the media environments and material processes through theoretical and practise-based work, drawn from his interest in the metaphysical dimension of technology, perceptions of time and space and consciousness.
Lim is currently an Assistant Professor at Soongsil University, South Korea. His current research interest is to explore the role and potential of locative media to investigate different layers of reality residing above our familiar environment, which is not only virtual but also cognitional and philosophical. His other research interests include digital archiving, digital mapping and media curation.
A nature-lover and art-enthusiast who loves to experiment with visual artistry whether analogue or digital, Tsa aims to merge traditional art practices with digital technology, transforming them into visual metaphors. She has collaborated and worked closely on making props, painting, illustrations, experiments, live-video projections, and music videos for a number of workshops, creative events, art collective and artistes including Liyana Fizi, Pastel Lite, Jack In the Box Penang, ASWARA, and DA+C Festival.
She graduated from Multimedia University with a Bachelor in Multimedia (Hons) Digital Media (now known as Media Arts) and has since pursued her interest in the mysteries of life, science and art, while encouraging people to love and celebrate themselves, their talents and intelligence with passion and creativity.
Born in 1981 in Nara, Japan, Fumihiko is an architect and artist in a construction company dealing with traditional Japanese styles. Having a background as a carpenter, he studied various techniques, materials, and culture during his working life. He has been involved in the building and designing of Japanese tearooms, restaurants, hotels, the State Guesthouse and more.
In 2011, he established his own company, Fumihiko Sano studio PHENOMENON. He likes getting involved in designs and installations by making the best out of what he has learned as a carpenter, exploring how the knowledge he gained can work in harmony with the modern scene of the industry today.
Identifying as a new media artist, graphic designer and DJ, Takashi is also the founder of The Tomoe, a Malaysian creative solutions and multimedia visual collective. He has contributed greatly to the underground electronic music scene, and even organised creative talk sessions in his university. In 2013, he represented Malaysia in the JENESYS 2.0 program, a student exchange/learning trip to Japan.
He debuted his first official DJ set when he was still 19 (under the moniker TKI). He has played alongside artistes such as Mushroom Buttons (MY), CEE (MY), CherryChan (SG), Jean Reiki (SG), Puzzle (DE), Able8 (AUS), Mono/Poly (US), Uncon Sci (US), Daedelus (US), Phon.o (DE), Slo-Lo (VN), Sauce81 (JP) and others.