My experimental work is often rooted in collaboration, decolonisation, and memory.
I say yes to ideas that challenge individual / collective anxieties, connect present life to history and different disciplines to each other, and subvert the ‘original’ intentions of spaces to open up more possibilities.
Gerai Puisi Segera
After years of stage fright, I asked myself: What would an offstage poetry performance look like? Who would it touch? How much would it be valued by others? #GeraiPuisiSegera was my attempt to find answers. For two years, I wrote over 200 poems in an experimental interactive offstage poetry performance project. People offer three random words and walk away with a poem, usually written on my late grandfather’s typewriter. The one condition was that they had to pay whatever they felt it was worth.
My late grandfather lived through both British and Japanese invasions with my late grandmother. He went from being homeless to a headmaster in Kedah, Malaysia. He was known to go from house to house and persuade parents to send their daughters to school. He left behind a legacy of literacy and education, and is dearly missed. After he passed, the house he lived in was robbed. His Olympia typewriter was one of the few items left behind. My mother says she recalls the sound of it even as a child. I hired Brothers to restore it.
Collectively devised and performed multi-narrative versions of the Mahsuri folk legend at Suatukala Langkawi Festival Of Stories 2015 in Kedah, Malaysia.
Jac SM Kee, Liyana Dizzy, Pang Khee Teik, Syar S. Alia
Daman Harun, Liyana Dizzy,
Pang Khee Teik, Syar S. Alia
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A non-fiction book analysis channel that originally started on Snapchat, and is now looking for an another form offline.
pre_adult @ JUICY
For a commission, I paired a skate video with one of my dreams. A commentary on identity anxiety impacted by colonialism, shopping mall dystopia and politicised faith in community.
Dizzy & The
An experimental poetry-music duo with Alia Ali attempting to shake up what music and poetry scenes in KL were used to at the time. Our self-made EP was fully sold and was awarded Best Spoken Word Album 2009 by JUICE Magazine, and 2nd Runner-Up Best Electronic / Fusion Act for Junksounds Awards. We were also highlighted in The WKND Sessions first DVD, appeared on 8TV Quickie, headlined a show in Singapore, and in one of last appearances, performed at the book launch of Farish Noor’s What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You.