About fear, freedom and performance art in the streets of Myanmar. ‘Examining our history, I realize no artist has actually been imprisoned for doing street performance.’
by Sharon Chin
ARTERI, The Art of Censorship & The Censorship of Art: It’s interesting that censorship has been featuring heavily on this site – on the main stage as well as behind the scenes. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama and excitement of censorship being practiced “out there” — Fahmi Redza’s work at VWFA? It’s much harder to look closely all the little acts of censorship in one’s living room.
by Sharaad Kuttan
[Random acts of silencing continue. This time, one mainstream tabloid’s folly is ARTERI’s gain. Sharaad Kuttan’s latest piece about the Tugu Negara (National Monument) for his column ‘The Pedestrian’ was spiked (read: rejected) for publication. Maybe it was the fact that the word ‘communist’ was mentioned more than once. Whatever the reason, he has very kindly allowed us to publish it here – SC]
Between the Government of Malaysia’s national memorial, Tegu Peringatan Negara, a stone’s throw from the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur, and the Communist Party of Malaya’s memorial at Princess Chulaporn Village No. 10 in southern Thailand, is a history that remains deeply contested.
By June Yap
Advisory: This article may contain information and graphic descriptions that might be deemed disturbing for those with particular sensitivities, feel immature or find humour disquieting. You should consider yourself warned, and may stop reading now, clicking your way to another webpage with more pleasant and agreeable content. It’s not too late, go now, run along.
by Zahirah Suhaimi
The recent controversy sparked by Chinese film, City of Life and Death by director Lu Chuan, has compelled me to mull over the challenges with establishing a universally accepted perception and use of the freedom of expression. In allowing alternative views and creative opinions, can we ever find a way to manage the precarious balance between censorship and sensitivity?