Monday, October 29, 2007

Real-life platforms for works of arts

StarMetro, The Star, October 29 2007


THE ride was short, but nevertheless memorable. Commuters who boarded the KTM train from KL Sentral to the old Kuala Lumpur train station feasted their eyes on some innovative visual art pieces that are currently on display in the vicinity of the train stations until Nov 4

The works of art which include mural painting, video projection, photography, light box art and even music are part of the Let Arts Move You project (LAMU) which showcases the creative talents of 11 Malaysian and regional artists via a most unusual platform – the train station!

Impressive: Members of the public getting a closer look at an innovative art piece.

LAMU provides artists with KTM Komuter trains, the KL Sentral Station and old Kuala Lumpur train stations as platforms to create works of art to the masses.

“It is interesting to see the many different platforms one can employ to create works of art and express oneself,” said KTM Berhad general manager Mohd Zain Mat Taha.

“People only see the train station as a mode of transport, and to get from place to another. But this initiative shows that it can also be a place for people to enjoy art,” said Mohd Zain who launched the LAMU project at the KL Sentral KTM station on Saturday.

More than 200 people turned out for the launch and later went on a joyride on the KTM trains to enjoy the many different art pieces that were on display outside the KTM Komuter platforms at KL Sentral and the old Kuala Lumpur train station and KTM trains.

Flashback: StarMetro's front page on the project on Saturday.

The artists involved in the project include Kamal Sabran, Shieko Hussein, Lau Mun Leng (Malaysia), Wok The Rok and Sa Dewa (Indonesia), Li Cassidy-Peet (Singapore), and Donna Miranda (the Philippines).

The project is organised by Kolektif Pembangunan Seni in partnership with KTM, and supported by Rumah Air Panas, Arts Network Asia, National Culture and Arts Department, Krishen Jit Astro Fund, Tabung Seni Matahati, Ganad Media, and

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