Most of us have embraced the virtual world as our extended reality from the two-years long pandemic. While access to virtual events outside of our locality is great, we learn to appreciate physical meetups even more now. We are indeed missing the human interactions.
Kaleidoscope Japan: Online Exhibition features varied conversations surrounding Malaysia-Japan created by artists of different ranges with underlying observations on our social, cultural, political and economical climate.
With 24/7 access to the internet wherever we are globally, this website opens only 13 hours a day. Starting with Week 1: Pandang Ke Mana?; Week 2: Identity; Week 3: Myth and Phenomenon; until Week 4: Spatial Memory. A series of events is planned on virtual and physical sites to provide space for interactions. We will first celebrate the exhibition with a hybrid pre-launch/ free jamming, then dive into each artist's narrative in small groups during the online Obento Lunch Tour (non-video work), Oshaberi Supper Tour (video-based work) as well as watch a 12-hour durational hybrid performance.
While we wonder what truly makes ‘Malaysia’ or ‘Japan’, our similarities prevail as differences dissolve in this exhibition. In the end, it is not just about Pandang Timur (Looking East), but more importantly pandang diri kita sendiri (self-reflect).
Low Pey Sien is a visual person who expresses herself through photography, film and design. Trained as an architect, her works explore the relationship between space, place and people. Pey Sien recently curated ‘Di Situ: An Exhibition’ in 2021 under Curatorial Workshop 2020 organised by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.