Month: December 2017

Reinventing Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey through Losertown

All images by The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre “Once upon a time there was a girl who was a coward,” singer, comedian and actor Hannan Azlan begins. The 27-year-old is seen sweating, on the floor, her curly hair on her face as she slowly gathers herself, brushes her hair off, looks at the audience and asks, “Have you ever felt like a coward?” Losertown is not your ordinary piece of theatre. Infact, even director Tung Jit Yang does not know what to make of it. Back in late September, Jit, who is the director in resident at The...

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This 19-year-old cosplayer not only arts but has written a 450 paged novel!

All images by Ning Yasmin For many video games serve as a respite from their mundane lives. Others compete in video game competitions. But not Ning Yasmin Abdul Rahim aka Lucidity. The 19-year-old lass got into drawing fanart thanks to a now defunct online game called Club Penguin. For those who don’t know, Club Penguin was an online game where players can interact with other players, doing activities like hold parties, play mini games, dress up and decorate. “I faintly remember drawing a mall of anthropomorphic dogs where windows were on the floor. I even had a whole comic...

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RJ Kevin on addressing self esteem issues through music

RJ Kevin, singer and songwriter. Image by U Wang Studio Before becoming a singer and songwriter, RJ Kevin worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for a year and a half. Encouraged by his single mother, he learned how to play musical instruments through Youtube tutorials and picked up singing. It was during this period of learning when the 25-year-old discovered that music and singing could be used as a catharsis. “Composing helps me capture the feel-good memories and bottle them into songs I could listen to when I feel lost or sad,” he explained. Turns out, it was music that helped the...

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How does one write fiction about a specific culture or tradition?

The Peranakan Phoenix. Image sourced How does one write a short story or heck, even novels based on or set in a specific culture or tradition? When I was invited by writer, academician and cultural activist Lee Su Kim to her latest book launch of Manek Mischiefs: Of Patriarchs, Playboys and Paramours at the recently held George Town Literary Festival 2017, I immediately knew that there was nothing more fulfilling than getting an interview with someone who knows her stuff. Perhaps it is bias of me to interview Su Kim simply because she is my favourite Malaysian writer ever since...

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Of superheroes and cats, here are the best artworks for November 2017

With us entering December, we’re one month closer to discovering which artwork becomes Eksentrika’s Art of the Year 2017! November was amazing due to the diversified artworks we received and selected. Here are all of them! So which artwork became Eksentrika’s Art of the Month for November 2017? Well, this one comes as a surprise (and also a no surprise). *drumrolls!* Isn’t this cat by Lai Wing Kien adorable?? Congratulations to all the artists – many of the artists above are members of the fast growing online art group; Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group! The winning artworks of all...

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