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All The Time I Pray to Buddha, I Keep on Killing Mosquitoes

All the Time I Pray To Buddha, I Keep on Killing Mosquitoes (ATIPB) is a video installation exhibition and 4 dialogue sessions by Malaysian multi-disciplinary artist Gan Siong King. The exhibition is organized by Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), with support from Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre (PJPAC), and will run from 19 to 23 January 2022 at PJPAC.

ATIPB features 2 video essays — The Koganecho Gesture (TKG) and CITIZEN — and 4 dialogue sessions to further discuss ideas and issues brought up in the video essays.
 

The title All the Time I Pray To Buddha, I Keep on Killing Mosquitoes is borrowed from a haiku by the Japanese poet Issa Kobayashi, as translated by American poet Robert Hass. It is used in TKG to represent humanity’s persistent reach for an ideal while dealing with the realities of life — a contradiction that mirrors the conditions most contemporary artists work in.

TKG is a single-channel video installation that was first exhibited at *The Koganecho Bazaar 2020 Vol.2 (KB2020) in Yokohama, Japan, and was made for Gan’s online KB2020 artist residency.

TKG is a meandering video essay that seeks to engage the audience in conversations on contemporary art and art-making. It is based on recollections of conversations with various people Gan has met over the last two decades of his creative practice, and ranges from common (mis)assumptions about art to actual insights into how a contemporary artist navigates through the challenges of making an artwork for an international art festival in Japan. TKG is made with found online audio and video, and documents the strangeness of reflecting in isolation, about artists and communities, in the midst of a pandemic.

CITIZEN is the result of an open call for collaboration via TKG. It is based on a script by Makarim Salman, a British physicist turned financial analyst who then became a tour guide and resident of Tokyo. CITIZEN is a love story about Tokyo from the point of view of a global citizen.

From 20 to 23 January, there will be an in-person dialogue session between the artist and selected guest speakers and moderators from different creative backgrounds. Each session will have different areas of focus, with the intention of providing the audience a multi-angle way of looking at art-making and art. These sessions will be made available to stream via FB Live on The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur Facebook's page.

* SOPs will be observed throughout the exhibition period. Kindly scroll to the end of this page for details.
Audience will be required to preregister for their viewing slot below

* The Koganecho Bazaar (TKB) is both an artist residency and an annual art festival started in 2004. It is situated in a former red-light district in Yokohama, Japan. KB2020’s theme is Community & Artists.  https://www.koganecho.net/info/english.html

 

  DIALOGUES  
Each dialogue session will be held in-person at PJPAC. Audience is required to preregister for your slots to join the session. Registration will start 45 minutes before the session starts. The bookings for the dialogue and viewing slots are separate.

Session #1
Title: Being From and Of a Place
Date: 20 January 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Speakers : Makarim Salman & Gan Siong King
Moderator: Zan Azlee

Session #1 will spotlight the online collaboration between Makarim (Mac) and Gan in making the video essay CITIZEN. Mac is a British physicist turned tour guide, and a current resident of Tokyo. Both have only met online and not in-person due to the pandemic. The dialogue will also discuss the idea of global citizenship and the sense of being of and from a place.
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Session #2
Title: The Potential of Sound in Moving Images
Date: 21 January 2022 (Friday)
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Speakers : Isazaly Isa & Gan Siong King
Moderator: Zan Azlee

Session #2 will focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking or moving images and sound – particularly the role of sound and sound design. The dialogue will include relevant stories from the speakers’ own projects, with the objective of providing the audience different ways of looking and thinking about processes and potentials in moving images and sound.
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Session #3
Title: On Collaboration
Date: 22 January 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Speakers : Junya Utsumi, Mark Teh & Gan Siong King
Moderator: Carmen Nge

Session #3 will look at different modes of collaboration across a variety of creative processes from three distinct perspectives—a Japanese curator, a Malaysian performance maker/researcher and Malaysian visual artist.
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Session #4
Title: The Quiet Artistes
Date: 23 January 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speakers : Kyoko Kugai, Wyn Hee, Wong Tay Sy & Gan Siong King
Moderator: Rahmah Pauzi

Session #4 will attempt to navigate through the functions of different creative roles within the arts and their relevance to our art scene. The speakers will share their common experiences, the challenges they have faced and possibilities within the local art scene.
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  VIEWING SLOTS  
Please note that audience will be required to preregister for their viewing slot. For inquiries on bookings, kindly email culture.jfkl[at]gmail.com.
 
NOTICE
Please note that those below the age of 7 is not allowed entry.

19 January 2022 (Wednesday)
11:00 AM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM

20 January 2022 (Thursday)
11:00 AM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM

21 January 2022 (Friday)
11:00 AM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM

22 January 2022 (Saturday)
11:00 AM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM

23 January 2022 (Sunday)
11:00 AM 12:30 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM
 

 

 

Page last updated: 18 January 2022

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