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Artist Talk & Preview: Notes on Penang

George Town Festival

Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Artist Talk & Preview: Notes on Penang

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A site-specific art installation by Alan Oei


“There is a shophouse. It is empty, but it breathes still, neither as hotel nor cafe. Here, it stands for so much more. 


The shophouse is the architecture of colonialism (but don’t forget the roads, grids, clerks, botanists and gunpowder). Out there lay the jungle. Within, limestone walls provide shelter. Without, the shophouse is photograph-able. Without this, without street art, there is no Penang really.


I think about an old photograph. Straits Settlement. Two European girls in baju kurung. Bare feet in a clump of withered grass upon the cold stone of the studio. The backdrop is decidedly European — trimmed gardens and gentle waves.  


Where is the vastness and terror of Malaya? The early explorers wrote about cannibals, tigers, monsoons and man-eating flowers. Where is the swelter of the never-goes-away sun, for which the shophouse stands against?


I am searching for Penang.”


6:15pm- Registration @Sekeping Victoria 

6:30pm- Preview of notes on Penang 

7:30pm- Artist Talk

7:50pm:- Q&A with Alan Oei

8pm - End 



*This art installation is an alternative experience of the shophouse through its history, texture, light and dark. 

ALAN OEI (b.1976, Singapore) is an artist-curator interested in the workings between art history, politics and community. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Columbia University and a Diploma in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts. Huang Wei, a fictional post-war painter of maimed children, is the alter-ego Oei uses to present his paintings. His work has been shown in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Melbourne and New York. Aside from this, Oei’s curatorial projects include the OH! Open House, an annual art walkabout inside local neighbourhoods and residences. Currently, he is also Artistic Director of Singapore’s Sculpture Square. He lives and works in Singapore.

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When & Where

Sekeping Victoria
164 Lebuh Victoria
Penang, PG 10300

Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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George Town Festival

George Town Festival is a month-long festival that has turned into a proudly Penang arts institution. From its start as a series of arts and culture events in celebration of George Town’s listing as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008, George Town Festival was mooted and celebrated its first inauguration in 2010.

Since then, we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.

Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to  five-foot ways, colonial shop-houses to sidewalk galleries.

The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.

George Town Festival 2014 will take place during the entire month of August.

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