Editor: Yeoh Seng Guan
Format: Paperback 200 pp.
Subjects: Politics, Culture, Malaysia
Format: Paperback 355 pp.
Subjects: Arts & Culture, Malaysia, Singapore
Developed as an exploratory study of artworks by artists of Singapore and Malaysia, Retrospective attempts to account for contemporary artworks that engage with history. These are artworks that reference past events or narratives, of the nation and its art. Through the examination of a selection of artworks produced between 1990 and 2012, Retrospective is both an attribution and an analysis of a historiographical aesthetic within contemporary art practice. It considers that, by their method and in their assembly, these artworks perform more than a representation of a historical past. Instead, they confront history and its production, laying bare the nature and designs of the historical project via their aesthetic project.
Positing an interdisciplinary approach as necessary for understanding the historiographical as aesthetic, Retrospective considers not only historical and aesthetic perspectives, but also the philosophical, by way of ontology, in order to broaden its exposition beyond the convention of historical and contextual interpretation of art. Yet, in associating these artworks with a historiographical aesthetic, this exposition may be regarded as a historiographical exercise in itself, affirming the significance of these artworks for the history of Singapore and Malaysia.
In short, which history rarely is, Retrospective is about the art of historicisation and the historicisation of art.
Editors: Muhamad Takiyuddin Ismail
Sharifah Nursyahidah Syed Annuar
Format: Paperback 194 pp.
Subjects: Arts & Culture, Social Studies, Southeast Asia
Punk seringkali dipandang negatif dan dilemparkan dengan tuduhan-tuduhan seperti sampah masyarakat, tidak berguna, tidak berakhlak dan sebagainya. Realitinya, wujud komuniti-komuniti punk lain yang melakukan bermacam-macam aktiviti dengan maksud untuk menyumbang sesuatu kepada masyarakat.
Buku ini cuba untuk menampilkan sesuatu yang berbeza, iaitu tindakan politik dan aksi langsung yang telah dilakukan oleh komuniti punk seperti Rumah Api di Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia dan Komunitas Taring Babi di Jakarta, Indonesia. Buku ini juga menonjolkan nilai-nilai penentangan, pemberontakan dan kemandirian punk yang boleh dilihat melalui pelbagai prinsip seperti kerja bertukang sendiri (do-it-yourself).
Oleh yang demikian, buku ini berkeyakinan bahawa punk harus dilihat dalam lensa sub-budaya, ketidakakuran, penentangan dan transnasional bagi membolehkan mana-mana individu atau komuniti punk dapat difahami dengan lebih dekat sebagaimana Rumah Api dan Komunitas Taring Babi.
“Kajian tentang perlawanan politik di luar gelanggang rasmi seperti pemilihan umum dan parlimen masih sedikit. Justeru, buku ini menawarkan sebuah penerokaan budaya penentangan yang sungguh menarik. Ia memberikan penjelasan mengenai kedudukan khas seni dalam budaya penentangan tersebut dan keterbatasan dalam budaya tersebut bila berhadapan dengan konsumerisme. Proses ini mencerahkan dinamika budaya, sosial, dan politik yang tidak jelas kelihatan tetapi tetap membawa kepada perubahan masyarakat.”
Dr Sumit K. Mandal
Profesor Madya (Kajian Budaya dan Sejarah Sosial)
University of Nottingham, Malaysia
Author: Jay Koh
Format: Paperback 214 pp.
Subject: Arts & Culture
Art-Led Participative Processes (ALPP) encapsulate artist Jay Koh’s public participative methodology, which emphasises agency, critical engagement, the ownership of actions and knowledge, the answerability of self to others, and a contribution to social change. It is the outcome and distillation of twenty-four years of a rigorous and reflexive practice and of rich experiences in social engagement with others, subjected to crossdisciplinary doctoral research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. This book, condensed from Koh’s thesis, offers ALPP as a viable, responsive and dynamic methodology for an intersubjective participatory art practice that motivates and validates the independence of participants.
“Jay Koh offers, through this eminently readable book, an excellent example of social practice pedagogy: an artist with extensive practice in several cultural contexts, deeply committed to social change, who takes on the project of clearly articulating his framework – one grounded in ethical, aesthetic, and, most importantly, in actual art practice.”
Suzanne Lacy, artist, activist, writer, Graduate Public Practice Chair,
Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles
“Through the preciseness and sincerity of his committed inner search and contextual exploration, Koh has become one of the leading referents for dialogical art. With his relentless investigation of meanings, Koh performs as a catalyst for coexistence in art and life; and with his communicative actions, Koh performs the task of enhancing and facilitating the transition between real life situations towards vital processes.”
Alejandro Meitin, law-activist, artist-educator, member of Ala Plastica,
La Plata, Buenos Aires
David Ensminger, author and punk historian
Editors: Joanne B.Y. Lim & Mary J. Ainslie
Format: Paperback, 200 pp.
Subjects: Arts & Culture, Southeast Asia
The Korean Wave in Southeast Asia offers fresh details and new perspectives on the globalization of Korean popular culture, better known as ‘Hallyu’. Focusing on the dissemination, localization, consumption and fandom of Korean TV dramas, films, pop music and other forms of youth culture within the cultural geography of Southeast Asia, the chapters in the book offer a compelling analysis of the globalization of Hallyu and detail the various social and cultural mechanisms involved.
Deeply accomplished, this book will be a valuable resource for scholars interested in cultural and social change in Southeast Asia, as well as for graduate and undergraduate students learning about popular culture in Asia.
— Nissim Otmazgin, Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author, Regionalizing Culture: The political economy of Japanese popular culture in Asia (University of Hawai’i Press, 2013).
This book proves to be an important addition to the growing scholarship on the Korean Wave and the resulting new pop culture trends in Southeast Asia. In addition to introducing new concepts for further comparative research, the roster of case studies on Hallyu consumption and production in the region (informed by interdisciplinary expertise) offer readers fresh analyses and diverse experiences of the phenomenon.
The publication of this collection is timely for our new course elective focusing on the ‘Korean Wave’, in which this book will certainly be a required reading.
— Sarah Domingo Lipura, Associate Director, Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies, Ateneo De Manila University (Philippines)
This collection of essays and articles provides scholarly and accessible insights into some of these artistic works through the discerning eye and perspicacious writing of an Australian film scholar who had been resident in Malaysia for several years.
– Mohd Anis Md Nor, Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology, Cultural Centre (School of Performing Arts), Universiti Malaya
– Marion D’Cruz, Dancer/Choreographer/Producer/Educator/Arts Activist
– Bilqis Hijjas, President MyDance Alliance
– Choy Su-Ling, Arts Critic/Publisher Asia Dance Magazine