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the end of culture means the start of new…

11 February 2012 No Comment

Are we looking at Kalyug? The time when no evil or no good prevails. It is hard to say but we keep muttering ‘this is the best of all times and the worst of all times’: Somewhere in between denial and acceptance of where as a human race we are headed. Not really the premise of the Light Surgeons media spectacle that I attended yesterday- but just thoughts, a few thoughts…

Unrelated animations headlined the show- stories and the skills. Then there was a live stream of tweets- which had the audience interacting with the screen and others within the venue.

Did I mention the venue? The venue took the cake…an old time theatre in town called Edward Theatre. Apparently, was an upmarket theatre turned b-graded movie shower to this…location is everything.

The real show consisted on two screens and the artists between them. Their theme was the impact and the effects of globalisation/industrialization of Malaysia. ‘What is progress?’ is assessed through flashes of photographs, films and this is mixed with sounds of local instrument. All this culminating to form a story that supports the frames of people reminiscing/ divulging/protesting.

The artists between the two screens

You had one lady go ‘What are our stories? If we do not have a past, what would be the future?’ as she sees the vernacular and the local being taken apart and replaced by the demands of mass production. Local skills withering, ecosystems being tampered,  upheaveal and uproot, the migration, the exodus…

The continuous dispersal images of their food, rituals, gods, snippets of everyday life, issues of gender, clothing, religion were juxtaposed by the vastness and mechanisation of these processes. One shot was that of eggs moving in crates- a natural process being robotised leaves little room for the attachment and sensitivity of raising a chick/en. ‘Where was the country headed?’ was the cloud that loomed over heads…

The music and sounds added to the dramatisation of the visuals. It was amazing when the tempo built up and the excitement in the theatre added to the energy of the show. The show as much as an entertainment, got you thinking. Whether you liked it or not. But I liked it, I liked it very very much.


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