Gan Siong King: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace



06 December 2019 - 07 December 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present ‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’, the 5th solo exhibition by Malaysian visual artist Gan Siong King where he will be exhibiting his video works for the first time in Kuala Lumpur.  


This unconventional two-day video exhibition, will showcase Gan’s video essays from his 10-year video essay project (tentatively titled ‘Malaysian Artist at Work’ or M.A.W.) on 10 Malaysian artist and their work. This exhibition represents the artist’s ongoing investigation into the possibilities of “exhibition” as a medium of creative expression in itself, instead of treating an exhibition as an inevitable by-product of a completed series of creative work. 


M.A.W. also serves as a platform for experimentation in narrative based, non-fiction filmmaking (particularly, on different storytelling formats and presentations) using moving images and sound to capture a glimpse of the Malaysian reality over an extended period of time. M.A.W. videos are made so the ending of the first becomes the beginning of the second and so on. The idea is to eventually link them into a seamless feature-length presentation after ten video essays are completed.


The first video essay from the M.A.W. series is Chia Koon Talk #4 (2014), an essay made in collaboration with Ong Chia Koon, a contemporary Malaysian Chinese calligrapher. The Boy, His Bike & The Map (2015) is the second video made in collaboration with Jeffrey Lim, a graphic designer turned cycling activist. The third video, which will have its Malaysian premiere during the exhibition, is titled ‘Kecek Amplifier bersama Nik Shazwan' (2019), a meandering essay made in collaboration with Nik Shazwan, a maker of tube-based electric guitar amplifiers. This video essay is currently being shown at the Biennale Jogja XV 2019.


‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ is a seamlessly re-edited compilation of the above 3 video essays and runs for 48 minutes 23secs. The narration is in English and Bahasa Malaysia. There are twelve scheduled screenings and two dialogue sessions with the artist over two days, on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2019.


A special moderated dialogue with the artist and his most recent collaborator, Nik Shazwan (who is featured in the 3rd M.A.W. video, ‘Kecek Amplifier bersama Nik Shazwan’) will happen at 8pm on Friday 6th December 2019. 



Limited seats are available for all screenings and dialogue sessions.
To get the most of the exhibition experience, audiences are advised to
RSVP at
http://machinesoflovinggrace.peatix.com



‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ video exhibition borrows its title from a poem by American writer, Richard Brautigan. It is also featured in Gan’s third video essay. The poem was written in the late 1960’s at the dawn of experimentation on computer networking which eventually lead to the internet as we know today. The poem conjures up vivid imageries of a hopeful future, free from trouble and toil with the aid of computers. A charmingly optimistic though naïve way of imagining the future which contrast starkly with our current age of anger. This hopeful sensibility parallels with M.A.W’s intention of making a series of video work with stories from, and of, ordinary Malaysians doing good work despite this feeling of socio-political anxiety that has enveloped our country for the past decade.


Gan Siong King: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Gan Siong King: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

06 December 2019 - 07 December 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present ‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’, the 5th solo exhibition by Malaysian visual artist Gan Siong King where he will be exhibiting his video works for the first time in Kuala Lumpur.  


This unconventional two-day video exhibition, will showcase Gan’s video essays from his 10-year video essay project (tentatively titled ‘Malaysian Artist at Work’ or M.A.W.) on 10 Malaysian artist and their work. This exhibition represents the artist’s ongoing investigation into the possibilities of “exhibition” as a medium of creative expression in itself, instead of treating an exhibition as an inevitable by-product of a completed series of creative work. 


M.A.W. also serves as a platform for experimentation in narrative based, non-fiction filmmaking (particularly, on different storytelling formats and presentations) using moving images and sound to capture a glimpse of the Malaysian reality over an extended period of time. M.A.W. videos are made so the ending of the first becomes the beginning of the second and so on. The idea is to eventually link them into a seamless feature-length presentation after ten video essays are completed.


The first video essay from the M.A.W. series is Chia Koon Talk #4 (2014), an essay made in collaboration with Ong Chia Koon, a contemporary Malaysian Chinese calligrapher. The Boy, His Bike & The Map (2015) is the second video made in collaboration with Jeffrey Lim, a graphic designer turned cycling activist. The third video, which will have its Malaysian premiere during the exhibition, is titled ‘Kecek Amplifier bersama Nik Shazwan' (2019), a meandering essay made in collaboration with Nik Shazwan, a maker of tube-based electric guitar amplifiers. This video essay is currently being shown at the Biennale Jogja XV 2019.


‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ is a seamlessly re-edited compilation of the above 3 video essays and runs for 48 minutes 23secs. The narration is in English and Bahasa Malaysia. There are twelve scheduled screenings and two dialogue sessions with the artist over two days, on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2019.


A special moderated dialogue with the artist and his most recent collaborator, Nik Shazwan (who is featured in the 3rd M.A.W. video, ‘Kecek Amplifier bersama Nik Shazwan’) will happen at 8pm on Friday 6th December 2019. 



Limited seats are available for all screenings and dialogue sessions.
To get the most of the exhibition experience, audiences are advised to
RSVP at
http://machinesoflovinggrace.peatix.com



‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ video exhibition borrows its title from a poem by American writer, Richard Brautigan. It is also featured in Gan’s third video essay. The poem was written in the late 1960’s at the dawn of experimentation on computer networking which eventually lead to the internet as we know today. The poem conjures up vivid imageries of a hopeful future, free from trouble and toil with the aid of computers. A charmingly optimistic though naïve way of imagining the future which contrast starkly with our current age of anger. This hopeful sensibility parallels with M.A.W’s intention of making a series of video work with stories from, and of, ordinary Malaysians doing good work despite this feeling of socio-political anxiety that has enveloped our country for the past decade.


Gan Siong King: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace