Sunday, May 28, 2017

Being in the moment at NVAG

25 May - 31 July 2017 .  National Visual Arts Gallery aka Balai Seni Visual Negara . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia

An interactive installation art 'Being in the moment' by Lisa Foo @ Di Mana (Where are) Young: 101 contemporary women artists exhibition at the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 May - 31 July 2017. Curated by Koon Tan.

Installation of an interactive giant marionette, measuring approximately 15ft in height, made out of jute ropes crocheted to imitate organic life it takes form. The marionette is installed with a cranking mechanism to encourage participation and interaction from the audience, allowing them to control and manipulate the movement of the puppet. The artist intends to create an organic puppet so that the audience will be able to witness the fragility of life through art and the impermanence of being.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Encore at The Print Room

15 April - 21 May 2017 . The Print Room . Petaling Jaya . Malaysia

Razak Mansion has been around for 50 years as an affordable public housing in the city of Kuala Lumpur and homes to many families in the period of nation-building. These are the final moments captured on film photography before the demolition.

In memory of Razak Mansion by Lisa Foo with installation is exhibited at
'Encore' film photography exhibition at The Print Room,
Opening on Saturday 15 April 2017 and  is on every Saturday and Sunday, till 6 & 7 May 2017 at 2-6pm, 49, Lorong 16/9E, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

This group exhibition has been extended till this Saturday and Sunday, 20 & 21 May 2017, 2-6pm.

In memory of Razak Mansion, 1967-2017.
B&W film photography installation by Lisa Foo.
Medium: Liquid light on cement fibre board.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Moved by Padi: Highlights

20-28 August 2016 . George Town Festival 2016 . Macallum . Penang . Malaysia

Moved By Padi team have been preparing the videos, together with LUMA.  We now could share with you the video of our performance highlights and Beyond The Seeds documentary of the Making of Moved By Padi.

Performance highlights of Moved by Padi, 2016. Click video.

Crew and team of Moved by Padi before the performance. Photo credits to Joie Koo.

We would like to thank once again to all our sponsors and supporters for making Moved By Padi production and documentation possible. 

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Moved by Padi: Behind the Seeds and Beyond.

20-28 August 2016. George Town Festival 2016 . Macallum . Penang . Malaysia

Behind the Seeds and Beyond is a video documentary on the making of Moved By Padi, 2016. Click video.

Rice is central to the way of life of East and Southeast Asia. It embodies nature and culture. It strengthens human/kinship relations at the table. It is a powerful and evocative symbol of the collective self of a people.

Celebrating the centrality of rice to our existence, Moved By Padi is a multi-arts collaborative project led by Aida Redza (choreographer /performer) with Lisa Foo (installation artist /scenographer), Ng Chor Guan (composer /musician), Sarah Ameera (visual artist) and Mao Arata from Japan (choreographer /performer). The project was produced by GTF 2016, managed by Ombak-Ombak ArtStudio with Production Manager, Tan Hock Kheng (ZXC Theater).

The production initiates a collaborative performance process involving four Malaysian artists – Aida Redza, Ng Chor Guan, Sarah Ameera and Lisa Foo – working together with Mao Arata from Japan. Moved By Padi is a mixed media production that is best described as a creative act. It encompasses visuals, installations and music in an experiential site dance performance to be held at Macallum site.

Moved by Padi transplanted a paddy field into the city of George Town, Penang.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

In memory of Razak Mansion, 1967-2017

30-31 March 2017 . Razak Mansion . Kuala Lumpur

Razak Mansion—Inside Out was an open studio WIP exhibition of paintings by Leon Leong and photography by Lisa Foo.

It was held on 30-31 March 2017 and later extended to April 1 and 3. The open studio was an invitation for all walks of life to come visit Razak Mansion for the last time before the demolition. The residents are now moving out and by May 15, Razak Mansion will be vacant and silent.

Razak Mansion is the last of the remaining iconic Kuala Lumpur government housing projects from the late ’50s to ’60s. The other two, Suleiman Courts and Pekeliling Flats, have already been levelled to make way for new developments and soon, this fate will also befall Razak Mansion. By March 31, 2017, the apartments where families have lived for decades will empty for good. While residents have been assuaged with the promise of new and bigger replacement apartments, what they stand to lose, in non-tangible terms, is presently unfathomable.

In Memory of Razak Mansion, 1967-2017. Film photography with installation by Lisa Foo.

Colour of Time. Paintings by Leon Leong.

B&W film photography hand printed and installation by Lisa Foo.

Colour of Time. Oil paintings on pegboards by Leon Leong.

Leong painting live of residents at Razak Mansion.

Majestic trees at the open garden between blocks.

Shadow play of Razak Mansion's vent-blocks screen.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Precious at Artemis Art, We are 5

13-19 February 2017 . Artemis Art . WhiteBox MAP@Publika . Kuala Lumpur

From group exhibition catalogue 'We are 5' by Artemis Art:

One of the certainly more unique visual artists we have had the opportunity to work with is Lisa Foo. Formally trained as an architect, Lisa’s professional life deals with designing things that are permanent. But her installation art pieces on the other hand run counter to the demands of architecture, something of a conscious choice. Impermanence is a key idea in Lisa’s installation works.

The first time we exhibited her installation was during FACETS, the all-women group show we staged in 2015, and our first large scale art exhibition. Utilizing primarily found organic objects – leaves and twigs among her current favourite materials – the installations Lisa creates are simple, yet mesmerizing at the same time.

Precious” is an installation that Lisa created specifically for this exhibition, and is a reminder that within the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer lies a fragility that is incumbent upon us all to protect.

Precious is an interactive installation for audience to manipulate the movements of the rustling leaves.