The debut of pre_adults, a skate poetry video series

At the time this video came in from JUICY, I was wrapping my head around a lot of the context behind my identity. History, really, and I was deep in— trying to grasp the impact of colonialism and politicised faith in my family and community, how embedded still in our shopping mall dystopia. Uncovering what was erased, what was changed, what was centred instead, how it…

Over 21 topics for Open Table at #EJOpenHouse 2016!

The good people at Englishjer have invited me to be part of their Open Table sessions for their third Englishjer Open House 2016 just in time for Malaysia Day. It’s this Saturday from 12pm onwards at Gajah Tiga Cafe in KL. I was told that Open Table sessions meant people could come up to me for…

Conversation: Discussing Spectacles

A conversation between Syar and Liy on the conversation between artist Sharon Chin and curator Sze on 20 February 2016. Their conversation: “(Goh) Sze (Ying) interviews Sharon (Chin) about taking part in APT8 (8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art). This is a sharing and dialogue session in the form of an interview between Sze and…

Artist Bio: Irena Taib

Irena Taib is most known back home in Malaysia for starting a band with her sisters who lived by the sea— a memorable enough endeavour by local standards, even without the goat in their group photos. It was only after ending up on the same lineup as Ellie Goulding (UK) and Franz Ferdinand (SCO) that…

A Case Of The Mystifyingly Deemphasised Moor

In my first experience with Shakespeare Demystified (SD), I walked away from Othello feeling like a contact lens was missing. A new friend texts me. He’s an American educator, visibly black. He lives in Ipoh and commutes to KL. His text: “Ever since I arrived, I’ve noticed how socially dysfunctional Malaysians can be about race.”…

After the music dies, art still keeps the beat

At festivals, isn’t what happens offstage that makes an impact? The energy of a festival always seems to come down to its line-up— but should this be the case with Urbanscapes? Let’s take a closer look at a few reasons why the non-music aspect of Malaysia’s longest-running creative arts festival deserves more attention. First an…

Being both Muslim and progressive is not that weird

Being a young Malaysian-Muslim feminist SOGIE ally can be quite the experience, both online and offline! Muslims find me too feminist. Feminists find me too Muslim. How can my perspective be considered legitimate & informed as any other, when they are often overshadowed by the debate of my existence? In everyday conversation there are first…

Tragedy Reaction Reminder

It’s been a bad news day, a bad news month. And I am no expert. No one is rushing me for my opinion on anything in breaking news. I can take my time to read, assess, digest, and critically form my views on everything. Shock and sadness won’t drag me into stupidity. Admitting “I don’t…

“We coalesce, we sprawl, we purge, we brawl”

We coalesce, we sprawl / we purge, we brawl / Let the teeth of their traps snap empty we call / bull to the obscene of the crime, cause we’re kind past the table / Forget their feathers ruffling grey to nothing we snowball / past and dispel all whispers internecine! Intertwined we are, steadfast our compass…

Note To My Unborn Descendants

PUBLISHED IN ISSUE MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2012 The stillnesses of my ancestors are in my blood: The sway of their humble trees their long walks on dirt roads sewing needles & fishing rods. One day, I too will be in your blood My concrete, my playlists, the air and disaster health of my whorehouse heart. It heaves…