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Rites of Change: Artistic Responses to Rece...

Oct 25, 2017Comments off50 Views

How have arts practitioners, broadly construed, responded to recent street protests in Kuala Lumpur? How do their engagements with protests constitute political interventions? Essay by Fiona Lee.

An Open Letter to Professor Emeritus Tan Sr...

Jun 19, 2015Comments off2991 Views

By Rachel Leow. First published in The Malaysian Insider, 15 April 2015. Dear Professor Khoo, You may not remember me and anyway, if you saw me today

Visibility as Power – Mascot, Logo, and I...

Feb 26, 2014Comments off6225 Views

Competing Visibilities (Part 2): Visibility as Power – Mascot, Logo, and Installation By Tan Zi Hao, 2013 To make oneself apparent is to demonstrate one’s

The Politics of Colour

Jul 22, 2013Comments off3505 Views

Competing Visibilities (Part 1) – The Politics of Colour By Tan Zi Hao, 2013 Protestors dressed in yellow, green, red, orange, and black for Himpunan

Unravelling the story of Graphic Design in ...

Feb 26, 2013Comments off15170 Views

A glimpse into the story of Graphic Design in Malaysia through the periods of colonialism, occupation and emergency. This article was written for Kuala Lumpur

The History of Malaysian Flag Design

Feb 17, 2013Comments off2765 Views

The history and design chronology of the Jalur Gemilang

The Old Wooden Church

Dec 03, 2010Comments off1379 Views

I am an old wooden church. You might even stroll past me without even a second glance. For if you look at me now, you

The forgotten women warriors of the Malayan...

Jun 02, 2010Comments off9735 Views

Adrianna Tan examines the case of the women warriors of the Malayan Communist Party.

An Influence of Colonial Architecture to Bu...

Dec 22, 2009Comments off56216 Views

The colonists had adopted their architectural styles in building modified to the climate context. These colonial buildings in Malaysia also have combinations of the styles

Whither Malaysian History? Or, Why History ...

Jul 08, 2008Comments off1447 Views

Article by Rachel Leow, originally published in The Other Malaysia. Original article can be found here. If history is about the construction of a picture