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Explore our repository of articles, essays, reviews and interviews covering a wide range of arts and culture. The majority of these were commissioned and published on the online arts magazine Kakiseni from 2002 – 2010.

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The 8th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards — Results!

dance Prize of RM1,000 Prize of RM1,000 Prize of RM1,000 Prize of RM1,000 Prize of…

The 7th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards — Results!

dance Prize of RM1,000 Prize of RM1,000 Prize of RM1,000 Prize of RM1,000 Prize of…

The 7th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards Nominees

dance Prize of RM1,000 Chew Zi Xin for The Nutcracker; choreographed by Steve Goh, presented…

Abdul Multhalib Musa: Travelling with Moving

Stillness. Stasis. Movement. Action. Sitting in traffic on the way to Wei Ling Gallery to…

Big Art and Little People

Some confessions ought to start this piece off nicely: First, when asked to review Multhalib…

Of Boys and Breath Mints

What kind of school has toughening-up camps that they force their “effeminate” students to attend?…

The 60 Second Plug: HSBC Young Composers Workshop 2008

A few months ago, there was a call for submissions for anyone under the age…

Shirley Lim’s Layered Confection

A daughter rapes and kills her father. This was how I first came to know…

The 60 Second Plug: “Air Con”

A school. A dead body. A scandal… “Biasalah asrama.” Award-winning singer-songwriter Shanon Shah’s first full-length…

Loi Chin Yu Answers His Calling

My Calling My Act, My Stage is being marked as a return to the stage…

Zaitun Mohamed Kasim: 1966 – 2008

Some years ago, Time magazine ran a cover story asking, “Do the good die young?”…

New Mall, Old School: The Pavilion and the Demolition of BBGS

Away from the broken sidewalk and wristwatch peddlers just a little further up Jalan Bukit…

The 60 Second Plug: “The Annexe Collision Weekend”

Pang Khee Teik, writer, photographer, program director at The Annexe, and former editor of Kakiseni…

The Virtues of Sin

In Bernice Chauly’s small but substantial collection of poetry and prose, The Book of Sins,…

Lloyd Fernando, 1926 – 2008

For any history of Malaysian literature, it is remiss not to consider the pioneering work…

Looking Backwards

Recent coverage in Kakiseni about the phenomenon of censorship in private sector Malaysian arts may…

Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis”

Persepolis is based on the best-selling graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi.…

Mega Art on Discount

If you were told that a grandmaster of 20th century modern art from France is…

Hans Issac’s “Cuci”

The directorial debut by leading actor Hans Isaac is more impressive than I had anticipated.…

A Space For The Other

The regular gallery visitor setting foot in Galeri Petronas today will be, first of all,…

KSFM’s “Malaysian Shorts”

Monday evening’s screening of recent Malaysian short films largely confirmed the talent and richness to…

The Year The Arts Showed The Way (Part II)

In last week’s part of what the arts meant to 2007, I looked at what…

Tembak: Mark Tan’s “Jarum Halus”

For a debut feature film, Mark Tan’s “Jarum Halus” proves to be both bold and…

Tembak Shots: “WOMAD Singapore’s 10th Anniversary”

My first WOMAD experience in Toronto, Canada in 1988 was a seminal experience – having…

Size Does Matter

Two thousand and seven, for a businessman and arts collector like myself, was noteworthy arts-wise…

More Than Just Another Music Festival

Two years ago, I wrote a gushing review of the 2nd Penang Island Jazz Festival…

The 60 Second Plug: KLPac’s “Aladdin – the Pantomime”

She’s done ‘Sepi’ and ‘Fawzia’ and even parodied some Broadway ditties in between. Now Doreen…

Success At First Bloom

It takes great skill to make a film about the emotional and material deprivation of…

The 60 Second Plug: ASWARA’S “Asyik”

Besides guiding, training and inspiring young minds towards greater things, the lovely folks at ASWARA…

What’s That Smell?

The shop-lot in Taman Tun Dr Ismail that the theatre companies Dramalab and Five Arts…

Tembak: Low Yi Chin & Chong Kim Chiew’s “A White House and A Temporary Road”

A red Chinese box-altar stands on one of The Annexe Gallery’s upper levels; its idol,…

Tembak Shots: “LAMU: Performance art by Donna Miranda”

When Filipina choreographer Donna Miranda of the Quezon City arts group Green Papaya Art projects…

Playing Catch Up

Malaysia has a long history of conflicts over arts and culture, pitting artists against the…

Bad Theology Leads to Bad Morality

An image deemed insulting to a prophet is printed in a newspaper. Religious leaders express…

Halcyon Days

Things began in 1975: the world’s first home computers were made available to the public;…