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Entitle, the electronic magazine Of Faculty of Creative Multimedia Multimedia University No. 01, Vol. 01, November 2009

Interview with Lim Kok Yoong

Be the change You want to see In your life Redesigning the FCM classes

The wall; GRAY


CONTENTS Entitle, the electronic magazine Of Faculty of Creative Multimedia Multimedia University No. 01, Vol. 01, November 2009

Redesigning the FCM classes The wall; GRAY Studying in a creative multimedia faculty under an international university name is always hard to keep the good name going on... Page 4 Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency Currently open for applications. This residency is intended to encourage links between... Page 5 Iranian Artworks at Malaysia’s Islamic Art Exhibit Malaysia’s Islamic Arts Exhibition is underway with almost half of its entries belonging to Iranian artists from Safavid era up to the present time... Page 5

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CREDITS: Pouyan Mohseninia Syagiqah Alyani Shamsudin Zeinab Fazilati

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Special thanks to all lecturers and FCM students whom participated and are helping by their advice. We are still willing for the rest to make more effort for the next issues.

Interview with Lim Kok Yoong Be the change You want to see In your life Lim Kok Yoong (August 31, 1980) was previously a student in MMU majoring in Digital Media who has been... Page 6 5 Reasons why the animated rodents of G-Force rock! Tired of action porn movies? G-Force is Disney’s latest animation combined with... Page 12

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Redesigning the FCM classes

The wall; GRAY

Studying in a creative multimedia faculty under a international university name is always hard to keep the good name going on. The first time you put the first step of the new life in this faculty use would not realize this creative multimedia faculty by the observation of environment around you. Therefore the lecturers and the tutorial with help the students started painting the walls of the classes starting with 2015 and 2016. We were supposedly being there at 10 am Saturday in the same classes we usually attend. But I myself could not get there earlier then 12 pm. The time I reach their mostly one of the classes which was 2015 was painted with the gray color that had been decided through the discussion between themselves. I started painting by what it was left and I could do. Less than 3 hours one of the classes was done. After a brake while having the launch we started the second class which was bigger than the first one. More or less I had to come back home at 5pm. I believe this was the first step forward for making the environment which is also known as our second home much better then what it was before.

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Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency Currently open for applications. This residency is intended to encourage links between artistic communities in Australia and Malaysia, and to support individual artists, in recognition of how both countries have provided many opportunities for the Hijjas family. http://www.arterimalaysia. com/2009/07/28/rimbun-rimbun

Iranian Artworks at Malaysia’s Islamic Art Exhibit Malaysia’s Islamic Arts Exhibition is underway with almost half of its entries belonging to Iranian artists from Safavid era up to the present time. All the works on display bear the name of their countries of origin and name of Iran is seen more than other countries. The main hall of the event features moquettes of the greatest and most well-known mosques in the world including Imam Khomeini Mosque in Isfahan. An inscription featuring the history of the mosque has also been installed near the artwork, the Islamic republic news agency reported. Another piece of writing on the Iranian mosques and

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other historical monuments such as Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Gonbad Kavous and Gonbad Soltanieh (in Zanjan) has been pasted on a wall of the hall. Another hall also displays historical Qur’anic copies, a large number of which have been created by the Isfahani artists living in Safavid era. Different Iranian military hardware from different periods and precious carpets dating back to 400 years ago are also on display in the event.

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Interview with Lim Kok Yoong

Be the change You want to see In your life To accept the reality, reluctantly, I was looking to continue my education in something that is related to both IT and Arts. MMU publicized itself as the pioneer university offering creative multimedia courses, I was enticed to it. I applied & I got in MMU

Mr. Lim Kook Yoong at his students presentation in FCM Photos by Pouyan Mohseninia

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Lim Kok Yoong (August 31, 1980) was previously a student in MMU majoring in Digital Media who has been honored the “Dean’s Award of Faculty of Creative Multimedia” four times consecutively from 1999 to 2003 (during the whole of his degree years), first class honors in 2003 and best Creative Multimedia Award for the Multimedia University 4th Convocation Ceremony. Lim earned his master of fine arts degree from the United Kingdom at Norwich University College of the Arts (formerly known as Norwich School of Art and Design). He decided to go abroad for his masters after he got sicked and tired of his job in a local web design company. After his return from United Kingdom in year 2006, he started lecturing in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology which. He taught graphic design and some humanity subjects for six months in LUCT before he finally decided to take up a lecturer position in the Digital Media Department of Faculty of Creative Multimedia in Multimedia University. Lim has done numerous exhibitions during the past years. He initiated the 1st staff-student collaborative art exhibition in FCM at the Set and Background Studio at multimedia university with the title of Find Art Show in June 2002. In year 2003, he took part in the “Sonneratia II” – the youth art camp and the subsequent art exhibition organized by National Art Gallery. In the same year, he took part in the Upload Download project which is an “Online collaborative art project” together with a group of young Malaysia artirts and Fukuoka artists in Japan. It was held on September 2003 in National Art Gallery, Malaysia. In the year 2004 he participated in another two exhibitions namely the “Notthatbalai Art Festival” in July and “The Young Contemporary Art Show” in the National Art Gallery of Malaysia. During his Master degree back in United Kingdom, Norwich he also had two exhibitions called “30.22.220” in February at the Student Gallery and “David” in February at the Outpost Gallery. Through his hard work and creativity, Lim is emerging as a new name in the local art scene. As we are publishing our first issue of ENTITLE magazine, we ask Lim for an interview to get to know him better which he accepted with a warm welcome.

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Let’s start with your story before entering the university. What made you come to MMU and why did you choose to study Digital Media? Art students are usually stereotyped as students who are poor in study in comparison to students from the science streams in Malaysia education. You shouldn’t do art if you want to have a good life. But I do not believe in this. I was a science stream student myself and I love art but I was discouraged to pursue arts. To accept the reality, reluctantly, I was looking to continue my education in something that is related to both IT and Arts. MMU publicized itself as the pioneer university offering creative multimedia courses, I was enticed to it. I applied & I got in MMU. In the beginning, my family did not agree with my decision. However, I was keen to enter the art field and I convinced them that I will prove them wrong with my achievements.

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now. All the stuff was useful and clean enough to make the students feel good about staying there.

What was the difference between you and the others that made you receive the four-time honors of “Dean’s Award of FCM”? It is not so much about the awards but about the quality of being a person. Success is not just about award winning. It is rewarding enough to just know that you have done your best in a day. At that time, I just tried to put as much effort as possible in my studies and assignments (mostly assignments); I have very high expectation on the works I produced.

Could you tell us more about your first exhibition which was held in MMU? I felt no good vibe in FCM and I suppose I was just busy body enough to get some students and lecturers to put up their artworks in an exhibition and call it an art show. I was lost in the journey of finding arts and hence the name “Find Art Show” for this exhibition. The atmosphere in FCM should be much more vigorous and vibrant. It doesn’t help to make it any better to just stand aside and complain about things that you are not happy with. Be the change you want to see in life (in FCM)!. After finishing the degree program, what did you do and how was life then? I immediately entered the industry but just after one year, I realized it was not the path and the feeling I was looking forward to. It did not feel like the kind of life I would like to live.

Do you mean to say that you were like the nerd or the bookworm of the class? Nerds! Bill Gates is a nerd and he is a nerd who makes a lot of money from being a nerd. I don’t like classification. I don’t think I am one. Were you living in the hostels back then? Yes, at the time the hostels were actually new, unlike how it is

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I felt no good vibe in FCM and I suppose I was just busy body enough to get some students and lecturers to put up their artworks in an exhibition and call it an art show.


cerned about the school fees and living costs which is extremely high in the major city of UK.

Mr. Lim Kook Yoong at his office Students consulating for their final project

You are expected to enable organization change and improvement when you are in this position and I suppose I can offer this possibility.

I enjoy more being in the circle of artists to make irrational yet beautiful stuff. At the same time, I took part in the Young Contemporary Art Exhibition in the National Art Gallery. My series of montages was selected for the final showcase. It was the result of the long journeys that I had to take every day by train, from home to work. I kept my tickets for 240 days which consequently became the materials for my art piece. I think that is what art is all about – LIFE. You had the luminous background that could have easily enrolled you in a high class university such as Oxford, Imperial College of London, UCL and such. Why did you choose Norwich instead of a better-known institute? That’s an overstatement. I was indeed offered a place by Central Saint Martin college in London and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. I went to check out all these places and the vibe in Norwich was the best. I am a person driven by feelings most of the time. I fell in love with Norwich at first sight, Secondly; I was con-

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You had two exhibitions back in the United Kingdom which were held at Norwich. Could you tell us about them? I had more than two. I had a couple of shows in the student gallery. I had another one after I graduated. The last one in UK earned me the best installation award and it is called “On the Wings of Love”. That piece is about existential fear, anticipation of the unknown, uncertainty etc. You can find out more from my website. How did you view the United Kingdom and why didn’t you stay there longer? Finding a good job in UK was not easy, there were a lot of unemployed graduates, so the competition for getting employed was difficult. Anyway, UK was one of the greatest countries I have ever seen but the expenses were just too much. UK is great with its vibrant art scene and rigorous and rich cultural sphere. There were just too much to see and learn in too short a time. As far as we know, due to the situation you had, you came back to Malaysia. Of other career options, why lecturing? I don’t like to incorporate rat race. Lecturing is rather more down to earth. I like to be more down to earth, yup! After few years of lecturing, I discover I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with students and working together with students. Lecturing is just another gateway for learning.

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What was the secret that in this age made you the Head of Digital Media Department of FCM, MMU? There is no secret, really. You are expected to enable organization change and improvement when you are in this position and I suppose I can offer this possibility. I am person who is optimistic about changes. Change is inevitable. When there is no change, we cease to grow. The department needs to grow.

1X Suitcase

What are your plans so far? My plan so far is to improve the department in the terms of organization, quality of teaching, facility and the quality of students’ works. I think what’s more at stake is to bring more joy to DM … haha Do you have any comments that you would like to say to the lecturers and students? Love what you are doing and do it your best! If there is any other words you would like to say, please feel free to do so. There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Thank you

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The Annexe Gallery will be the KL stop for ‘1X Suitcase’, a travelling art exhibition from Singapore which features works by 12 artists from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Each artist’s work is presented as an installation of drawings and other media that deals with the journey and involvement - memories of events, fragmented recollections - of movements and hopes. It tells stories of transit, of travelogues, intimate stories, dreams and flavours. The 12 artists includes Agnes Lim, Ernest Chan, Iman Ismail, Morakot Ketklao, Mohammad Yazid, Mohd Firdaus, Saifudin Mamat, Stephanie Cheng, Steve Chua, Supachai Satsara, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi and Tan Seow Wei.

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Website: www.annexegallery. com From: Wednesday November 4, 2009 To: Sunday November 15, 2009 Time: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 11am to 9.30pm Address: The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03 2070 1137 Entry Fees: Free Advance Booking: No


Unconscious: Self:

Conscious Portraiture in 21st Century Malaysia Website: www.arterimalaysia.com From: Friday November 6, 2009 To: Sunday November 29, 2009 Time: Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 6pm Address: 67 Jalan Tempinis Satu, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 017 368 1597 Entry Fees:Free Advance Booking: No

Arteri is thrilled to present the 2nd exhibition in a series of projects to support a diverse range of artists. Come take a good look at the guys on display, that is: Nizam Abdullah, Saiful Razman, Samsudin Lappo, Nurazmal @ Ali Yusoff and Zulkiflie Zainal Abidin, at us and yourselves on the opening night Friday 6 November 2009 at 8PM to have fun, chit chat and ponder just how portraiture hides and lays bare who we are. What is the function of the contemporary portrait painting in Malaysia? How does it reveal how we see ourselves and those around us? What are the current personal and social concerns of painters using this subject matter in the landscape of contemporary Malaysia and why is it still an urgent pursuit for artists to follow? These questions and many more are discussed in Unconscious: Self: Conscious_ Portraiture in the 21st Century a new exhibition by Malaysia’s next generation of

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young painters. Featuring new work by all the artists the exhibition contributes fresh public and personal perspectives on what it means to be a Malaysian as well as thoughts on contemporary painting. If you are as confused as the rest of us on who we are, who we think we are and how the rest of the world looks at our beautiful faces come on down and put your Freudian thinking hats on‌

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5 Reasons why the animated rodents of G-Force rock! 1. Tired of action porn movies? G-Force is Disney’s latest animation combined with high-tech spy gadgets (in micro size to fit the rodents) to make you tech junkies out there wet your pants. The highlights: an ear piece that transmit rodents’ squeaky sound waves into our human language and get them to talk back to us, 3-in1 hamster treadmill X ultra cool vehicle equipped to move at the speed of light, a fly/bug that is literally a bug with surveillance camera and sound recorder connected back to its base camp. Not forgetting THE gadget of the movie, thumb-sized PDA used to download and steal Saber’s world domination plan.

Bucky, the territorial hamster portraying Canadian stereotypes. 3. Watch it in 3D! Save up RM1618 (prices vary between cinemas), for that one movie worth watching in 3D, forget about Final Destination 4, G-Force is a 2-in-1 movie with animation fused with real human acting. Get double of what you paid for! Personally, I thought Ice Age 3 in 3D was the bomb until I saw G-Force. The fur and features

2. Be prepared for tonnes of pop culture references in the movie. Juarez, the only female in the team with a French accent rant about her complicated love interest typing away on her Facebook ‘wall’. Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance’, Black Eyed Peas party tracks throughout the movie and of course ‘Jump’ by Nelly ft. Flo-Rida being the theme song. Also look out for

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3-in-1 hamster treadmill X ultra cool vehicle equipped to move at the speed of light, a fly/ bug that is literally a bug with surveillance camera and sound recorder connected back to its base camp.


They were told that they are scientifically altered rodents but the fact is Ben, the scientist that formed G-Force, picked them up from a French restaurant, an extermination ground, and a pet shop.

on the rodents are so real, also hooks, bullets, missiles and all sort of objects pointing directly at you makes you want to go ‘No! Nooooo! Aaahhh!’

G-Force, picked them up from a French restaurant (Juarez, alike rodents is a delicacy), an extermination ground (Speckles), and a pet shop (Darwin). Ben, provided them a home and gave them a family. Hurley, the other nontrained, typical pet shop guinea pig G-Force member was so thankful to have found Darwin and claimed they are related because of a lookalike birth mark on their butt cheeks.

4. Who says size matters? The G-Force shows you wittiness and agility beats the rest. Guinea pigs and hamsters make adorable pets or sometimes as ‘test objects’(SAY NO TO ANIMAL CRUELTY). It is proven that guinea pigs are fairly brighter than any other rodent, which explains why Jerry Bruckheimer chose this project to launch his silver screen career. Move aside hamsters, guinea pigs will top the list of kids’ most favourite pets after this movie. 5. It’s a Disney movie after all, of course there is a moral to the story to be thought to kids (and everyone else). They were told that they are scientifically altered rodents but the fact is Ben, the scientist that formed

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Entitle is the FCM student magazine, currently publishing as an electronic magazine. Our aim is try to do a group work and cover up news, articles, art works and students or lecturer comments related to art and our faculty. Our horizon is to help to make our second home a better place, richer knowledge and more satisfied faculty then before. We are willing and asking from all FCM students whom are interested in participation and support for publishing this magazine.

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