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MJVAX ? MALAYSIA-JAPAN VIDEO ART EXCHANGE

THE SEVEN SAMURAI ARE COMING TO MALAYSIA!

Malaysia-Japan Video Art Exchange (MJVAX) is a collaboration of video artists from Malaysia and Japan. Five young Japanese Video Artists will participate in events in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang from 21 July to 3 August with two senior organizers/video art practitioners. Hosting them are well-known Malaysian artists namely, Hasnul J Saidon, Kamal Sabran, Kok Siew Wai, Masnoor Ramli, Nur Hanim Khairuddin and Sharon Chin. The programme will explore the potential of video as a form of self-expression and self-empowerment. In other words: video as a fighting tool.

Exhibition, Screenings, Talks, Presentations, Workshops and performances will be organized while the Japanese artists are here.

Exhibition
Date: 21st July ? 6th August 2010
Venue: Galeri Reka, National Art Gallery, No. 2 Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 4026 7000
Web: www.artgallery.gov.my
Admission: Free

Screening
Date: 22nd July ? 6th August 2010 (on selected days)
Venue: Auditorium, National Art Gallery, No. 2 Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 4026 7000
Web: www.artgallery.gov.my
Admission: Free
Japanese Video Screening Program is available for download.

The History

MJVAX is the brainchild of Mohd Naguib Razak, Hasnul J Saidon, Hiraoki Sato and Katsuyuki Hattori. Together they represent decades-long experience in the fields of media, video, art and education in Japan and Malaysia. This project is a result of their long-standing personal and professional relationships.

MJVAX is significant as the first of its kind to highlight the importance of video in our social-cultural landscape dominated by high technology and instant connectivity.

Creating a strong link with Japan ? a nation at the forefront of video technology and discourse ? will elevate Malaysia’s understanding of the past, present and future of video as a powerful new media.

MJVAX is divided into TWO sessions. SESSION ONE was hosted by Japan, taking place in Tokyo and Fukuoka from 26 Sept ?13 Oct 2009. 5 Malaysian artists traveled to Japan and participated in workshops, screenings, lectures and a live performance.

MJVAX SESSION ONE created a great impact on the Japanese art community. A solid foundation for further exchange amongst Japanese and Malaysian video artists has been laid. This success has inspired us to forge ahead with MJVAX SESSION TWO, which will be hosted by Malaysia from 21 July to 3 August 2010.

Organisers
Balai Seni Lukis Negara
The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur

Main Sponsor
Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MDeC)

Japanese Artists
Hiroaki Sato
Katsuyuki Hattori
Kotaro Tanaka
Akiko Nakamura
Aki Nakazawa
Kentaro Taki
Naoya Oe

Malaysian Artists
Hasnul J Saidon
Kamal Sabran
Kok Siew Wai
Masnoor Ramli
Nur Hanim Khairuddin
Sharon Chin

For more information or further inquiries, please contact Ms. Wai Yee at 03 2284 6228 or email to waiyee.leong@jfkl.org.my

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