A Country for Outliers


In a bid to empower the local arts and culture communities as well as to foster a regional cohort of research-centred cultural workers from the Southeast Asia region, CENDANA together with the Visual Art Programme, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya have organised an upskilling programme focusing on creative research namely, A Country of Outliers.

In this programme, participants will gain scholarly and practice-based knowledge through a series of site visits, workshops and renowned speakers including:-
  • Jo Kukathas, Malaysia’s pre-eminent writer, director and actress
  • Dr Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art, South and Southeast Asian Art in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Sugata Ray, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian art in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong
  • Inti Guerrero, an art critic and curator based in Hong Kong
  • Michelle Kuek, Manager of Education and Outreach in NUS Museum
  • Kate Pocklington, a conservator at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
  • Dr Kiven Strohm, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore

The invited speakers will provide guidance and feedback to the participants for them to enrich the creative possibilities in their project proposals, as well as challenge themselves in producing critical yet playful art projects.

Keen to be a participant? To be eligible, you must be:-
  • A Malaysian and Southeast Asians citizens who hold citizenship in any of the following countries; Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Brunei.
  • A resident of the above countries and have established an active cultural practice in these countries will also be considered. In addition, we will also consider proposals from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu, Hong Kong, Taiwan if they are exceptional and enriching.
  • Early career to mid-level cultural workers who has established an active cultural practice in Malaysia or any of the specified SEA countries above, or critical in the development of performing arts, visual arts, and independent music for a minimum of 3 years or more.
  • Demonstrated tangible track record of past projects/credentials
  • Able to communicate in English
  • Successful applicants must be available to attend the full programme from 29 July – 3 August 2019. 

*The successful applicant is partially funded as full details are listed in the Terms of Reference here


As part of the application process, applicants will be evaluated by a panel of advisors from CENDANA and Visual Art Programme, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya. Timeline as below:-;
  • Application Closing Date: 31 March 2019, 11.59pm
  • Review and Approval: March - April 2019 
  • Notified by: 20 April 2019

Submission must include:- 
  • The completed Application Form 
  • A copy of your CV / Resume (not more than 2 pages)
  • 800-word proposal, support materials as specified in the application form.
Submission to be emailed to nurdeena@cendana.com.my by 15 March 2019, 11.59pm (Malaysian time).


* CENDANA reserves the right to change any terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.

WORKSHOP ITINERARY
  • DAY 1: 28 July, Sunday
    Arrival, check-in to hotel and welcome dinner
  • DAY 2: 29 July, Monday – Giving Form to Stories
    Tutor:Jo Kukathas

    10.30AM – 12.30AM: Talk and Discussion: What are Stories? How Does One Give Them a Compelling Form?

    12.30PM – 2PM: Lunch

    2PM – 5PM: Workshop on clarifying participant’s creative project-in-development.
  • DAY 3: 30 July, Tuesday – The Preproom
    Tutors: Siddartha Perez and Kate Pocklington

    10AM – 12PM: Talk and discussion: Buaya [The Crocodile] – The Making of a non-Myth

    12PM – 1.30PM: Lunch

    1.30PM – 5.30PM: Workshop: Creating a Preproom to Develop One’s Research with Others. Participants will also present their ideas during this session.
  • DAY 4: 31 July, Wednesday – Across Bodies of Water
    Tutors: Sugata Ray and Atreyee Gupta

    10AM – 12AM: Talk and Discussion: Scales of Time and Modes of Mobility in Art

    12PM – 1PM: Lunch

    1PM – 3.30PM: Reading against the archives, listening to objects, plotting new coordinates, re-centering different geographical alignments and subordinating imperial visions.

    4PM – 6PM: Islamic Arts Museum Tour with curator Syukri Shairir
  • DAY 5: 1 Aug, Thursday – An Anthropology of Collaboration
    Tutor: Kiven Strohm

    10AM – 12PM: Ethnography and Empathy: Creative Stakes and Moral Investment of Cross-disciplinary Collaboration

    12PM – 1PM: Lunch

    1PM – 3.30PM: Workshop on Recognising Labour in One’s Creative Project.

    4PM – 6PM: (facilitated together with Simon Soon) Sensing Kuala Lumpur’s Historical and Futuristic Faultlines: A Walking Observation
  • DAY 6: 2 Aug, Friday - Worlding the local: Seeing Connections Across Things
    Tutors: Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero

    10.30AM – 1PM: Talk: The Entanglement of Art, Events, Things and Memories in telling stories about the World

    1PM – 2PM: Lunch

    2PM – 5.30PM: Workshop: Labouring Over Interconnected Narratives. Participants will have a final presentation of the new directions for their creative projects-in-development based on what they have learned over the course of the week.
  • DAY 7: 3 Aug, Saturday – A Public Symposium: ‘Outliers, Rogues, Fugitives and Artists: Mythologies and Futures’
    A free public Symposium of ‘A Country of Outliers’ featuring our invited speakers to address how an ‘aesthetic of translation and movement’ changes our understanding of ‘country’ as opposed to the nation or the state.

    The call for registration for the Symposium will be announced on our digital platforms a month before the date.
  • DAY 8: 4 Aug, Sunday
    Check-out and Departure
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