ILHAM Gallery, a public art museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is presenting “Dream of the Day” through May 14. The exhibition features 39 modern and contemporary artists from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Egypt, and Malaysia.
The title, “Day of the Dream” cites a 1965 manifesto by Filipino-born, Britain-based contemporary artist David Medalla (1942-2020). In that manifesto, Medalla dreams of fantasy sculptures that breathe, sweat, cough, laugh, yawn, smirk, wink, gasp, dance, walk, and crawl.
Bringing the manifesto, the exhibition focuses on ‘dreams’ as a legacy of the past that remains in the present and is a basis for looking to the future. While the works in the exhibition exhibit a wide range of media and thematic interests, including surrealism, slow cinema, queer photography, and feminist painting, the exhibition focuses on the sharing of dreamy images with extraordinary monsters, myths, hybrid creatures, spirits, and fantasy, and seeks to draw out layered meaning from them.
While these images suggest the possibility of a dynamic future in which humans coexist with a greater diversity of life beyond the conventions of modern life, they also reveal the colonial legacy of objectifying Southeast Asia.
On May 3, Hyundai Motor Group announced the winner of the fifth VH Award. The VH Award is Hyundai Motor Group’s support program for new media art that began in 2016. The first three editions were for media artists in Korea, but the scope has expanded to Asian artists since the fourth edition.
The Grand Prix winner is Subash Thebe Limbu (b. 1981) from the Limbu ethnic group in Nepal. Her ‘Ladhamba Tayem; Future Continuous’ presents a dialog between different generations of indigenous people, revealing their historical struggle against colonialism and imagining a future of indigenous people in the space-time continuum. The other shortlisted artists are Zike He (b. 1990, China), Riar Rizaldi (b. 1990, Indonesia), Su Hui-Yu (b. 1976, Taiwan), and zzyw (a New York-based creative collective formed in 2017). After the announcement, an awards ceremony was held on the online platform Common Garden, featuring the participating artists, previous participants, and art world figures.
The VH Awards support a wide range of new media arts, including film, games, animation, and motion graphics. Shortlisted artists receive $25,000 for new works and the opportunity to participate in an online residency program at the Eyebeam Center, a New York-based arts and technology organization. The final winner receives an additional $25,000 grant, and screenings of the works take place at leading international institutions and online platforms.
Long March Space is a commercial gallery in Beijing with its institutional identity of seeing art through the perspective of a visual political economy. Now showing “Fictions of Interdomain Routing” through July 23, the exhibition explores the infrastructures of the global networks- on which our lives with cell phones, computers, self-driving cars, and smart systems depend- and imagines possible alternatives.
The exhibition seeks to extend conversations from the technological domain to temporal, ecological, and cultural domains of the planet by relating to the issues of resources, labor, and power hierarchies. The title ‘Interdomain Routing’ is a computer science term that refers to an algorithm that explores not only the internal paths of a domain when sending communications data, but also the movement between domains, and serves as a metaphor for the curatorial intention of the exhibition.
Participating artists are Dennis de Bel, Harwood, Wright, Yokokoji, Tabita Rezaire, Mark Ramos, Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0, b.a.n.g. lab, Jeroen van Loon, and Ziyang Wu.