Let’s give the food posts a break. It’s the weekend after all.
Arts elitists watch out as KL’s lastest arts platform runned by MAP has opened its doors. Located in the newly developed Solaris Dutamas, a new business and residential area which aims to bring multiple aspects together. Once the entire development is ready, apartment blocks will stand tall alongside office towers and a giant spaces for arts and culture. I’ve even read that visitors can even expect an Art Row, an Art Piazza, an Art Park and even 17 artist-designed public toilets! Hope it won’t be license for guys to artistically pee on the wall.
As reported on NST Online, “Central to this project is MAP, the team that will be helming art activities in the area. Its name was chosen for the word’s topographical connotations and because it projects the image of mapping a cultural terrain for all Malaysians“.
And as an introduction to this new platform, a 2-day arts festival has been organised with activities including music, art, sculpture, performances, installations, talks, workshops and art markets alongside social and individual empowerment activities. The festival will introduce MAP’s two spaces: a 6,000 sq ft gallery and a 200-seater experimental theatre named the White Box and Black Box respectively.
Of all the art collections on display, I was personally very intrigued by the ART DRUM PROJECT.
The Art Drum Project was the first batch of a series of urban art installations that is placed around the development where MAP is located. 20 wooden cable drums were retrieved from the construction site of MAP. Artists were invited to work over two weekends preceding the MAP Arts Festival to transform these wooden drums into art.
Participating artists includes: Anthonie Chong, BLAM, Daniel Chong, Donald Abraham, Ili Farhana & Bebe, Iskandar Razak, Ng Kim Peow, KLickr, Igor & Frankie, Lost Generation Art Space, Nizam Rahmat, Poodien, Saiful Razman & Azmin Hussein, Samsudin Wahab, Sharaad Kuttan, Sharon Chin & Zedeck Siew, Shieko Reto, Suddin Lappo, Ali Nurazmal, Zulkiflee Zainul Abidin and The Best Art Show in The Univers
Head over to my flickr gallery for more pictures from the event.
MAP arts festival starts from 2pm, 27th March 2010 and will end at midnight, 28 March 2010. Admission is free to all events.
MAP is located in Solaris Dutamas. Details can be obtained via their website, www.mapkl.org.