From the 6th to 21st June, the Hin Bus Depot will warrant visits as artists from Japan and Malaysia are collaborating on OPEN GATE, an ever-changing exhibition directed and curated by experimental musician Sachiko M. Held in tandem with Asian Sounds Research, the event is a component of the ENSEMBLES ASIA project by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre.
Japanese artists Tadashi Yonago and Yoshihito Mizuuchi will join Penangites Annabelle Ng and Hoo Fan Chon in installing creations in a shared common space. The absence of individual areas serves to inspire and instigate gradual transformation of each other’s works. The exhibition provides viewers a unique experience every time they enter the gallery.
A lineup of special guests will also present fringe events. Tenniscoats, a Japanese duo whose music corresponds with the environment, will kick off proceedings before passing the stage to Malaysian contemporary artist chi too. Both will perform a set with the participating artists during their own performance weekends.
Meanwhile, art writer Gabija Grusaite hosts a series of panel discussions with some of the curators like Minoru Hatanaka (NTT InterCommunication Centre), Ong Jo-Lene (independent) and Azusa Hashimoto (National Museum of Art, Osaka).
Sachiko M herself will participate alongside improvisational vocalist Kok Siew-Wai and Yonago in Silent Movie Night. They will infuse a film specially selected by artist Ee Yan with avant-garde improvised music, applying a minimalist score that straddles the line between sound and silence.
The exhibition will close with a performance comprising the whole artist roster and audience led by renowned composer Otomo Yoshihide. The evening then winds down with a film show by Ee Yan.
Here are the event details:
Date: 6-21 June 2015
Visiting Hours: 12pm to 7pm daily
Venue: Hin Bus Depot, 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, Georgetown, 10300 Penang