19 March until 7 April 2012
About the Show
It is undeniable the ways the radio, television and the internet have changed our lives. Gone were the days where kampung kids used to walk to a neighbour’s house to watch television, back when having one was a luxury and a status symbol. These days, news, sports, entertainments get transmitted live across continents and we catch them in our own living room.
Similarly, knowledge transfers these days happen within minutes. Google may be a meaningless word to our grandmothers, but to us it is a noun before it became a verb, and in 2006, it officially made it into the Oxford English Dictionary! These days, it is unrealistic to expect the younger generation to know that to “call” on someone used to mean to do so in person, not via the telephone or any other digital communication means.
With every change came both the good and the bad. The total impact of electronic media may still be questioned and the extensiveness of its usage differs from one individual to another. Regardless, we have all come to embrace it and our lives have changed because of it.
It is inevitable that art moves alongside the technology that exists in its society. Enters the new media art: artworks expressed through new media technologies, and it could be a form of digital painting and printing, virtual art, interactive art, sound art, electronic literature and internet art.
It is not by any means a new form of art. It is rather, a progression – just like Impressionism a progression, Surrealism is another, and Pop Art too. Regardless the medium and the movement behind the expression, the beauty about art remains in it leaving it to us to define and decipher the meaning and make it our own. The fundamentals of composition, technique and narrative still exist. If traditional paintings are sometimes categorised by the different traditional techniques used, new media art is subjected to contemporary techniques. But all arts are to remain rich, alive and meaningful.
The common trait to find across the works in Moments in Momentum is the ability of its artists – Adlil Baqi, Azharuddin Mappon, Haris Abadi, Hawari Berahim, Jamil Zakaria, and Shahrul Hisham Ahmad Tarmizi – to triumphantly portray the shrewd truth of life today while remaining authentic to their individual selves.
They opted to let their sentiments took their own course, wandering into the domain of post humanity, celebrate the mythology, childhood memories, social commentary and the search for new definitions. These snippets became the defining moments when they act as momentum to influence and shape their views on life. The visual expression resulted in new materials and techniques, and may be somewhat radical to what we were used to. But these young men are in their 20s; they should be so! And in search of themselves as artists and individuals, let them surprise us in whatever way they might with what they have to say.
Someone wisely said that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take; but by the moments that take our breath away. How true. As we continue on with our lives, may we embrace each change without losing sight of what is real and what is virtual. May each moment create new momentum to continue enriching our lives.
Haris Abadi Abdul Rahim
Shahrul Hisham Ahmad Tarmizi