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All Hail the Rock God

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Alert Alert!! Weekly, random, tangent filled stream of consciousness from EM. I make no claim for lucid arguments merely a strange need to share my random thoughts with you all in the hope you share yours with ARTERI. The personal support structures of making art. No I am not talking about friends, groupies, children, partners...Read More

Why is everything a metaphor?

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I was road tripping the other day going from somewhere to somewhere outside of KL and looking at the strange and depressing generic housing estates that crop up by the side of the highway. A billboard of some apparently blissful new development read: ‘Planter’s Haven, So Close, It’s Far Away’. As time passed in the...Read More

Fashion X Art: Take II

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Can Fashion be Art? The last time we were here, we got into this topic a touch. Musing on the art of the everyday, lunchbox arrangements, handwriting and the such. But today we’d like to get a little more literal. ULTRA recently took a big trip to Paris for fashion week, where we exhibited at one...Read More

Fashion X Art?

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Malaysia’s sharp online art community Arteri recently got in touch asking for our thoughts on becoming a contributor to their blog. We were flattered of course, because they were specifically interested in ULTRA – the clothes. They also wanted us to tackle the age-old debate, ‘Is Fashion Art’? Wah, maybe too big a task for...Read More

What Is There to Fear?

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Contemporary Burmese performance art began in 1996, when the junta government opened its borders for the first time in decades as part of its Visit Myanmar Year. Since then, local Burmese artists have had greater opportunities to network with foreign artists and to learn about international contemporary art movements. Books related to art also became...Read More

Where Should We Go?

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Bakat Muda Sezaman/Young Contemporaries Award is a bi-annual art award organized by the National Art Gallery since 1974 (read our review here). The event is traditionally followed by an open forum, well-known for bringing out frank and boisterous opinions from the visual art community. This year the forum theme was ‘Where Should We Go?’. Prior...Read More

Just Another Rant…

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Get your troopers right! L-R: Clone Trooper – Episode II, Clone Trooper – Episode III, Imperial Stormtrooper – Episode IV. (source) Being in and around the ‘art community’ in Malaysia surprised me a bit. I’m not talking about the new generation of artists, but the more ‘established’ ones. Initially, I was under the impression that...Read More