If you love art, technology, and dance, you don’t want to miss the chance to visit ‘Otherworld,’ a stunning exhibition that will blow your mind. But hurry up, because it’s only open until 21 January!
‘Otherworld’ is hosted by RXP.KL, a new art gallery that redefines creativity and innovation. It’s located at the former Rex Cinema in downtown KL, a historic venue that has been transformed into a futuristic space.
“At REXPERIENCE, we’re redefining what an art gallery can be—it’s a chance to step into a world where technology and creativity meet in amazing ways. Our vision is to create exhibitions that spark discovery and inspiration amongst art lovers, young innovators, and travellers in search of genuine creative, cultural and shared experiences,” Sebastien Jurkowski, the visionary CEO and Creative Director of RXP.KL said.
The exhibition features ‘Annihilation,’ a 17-minute spectacle that pioneers the use of live motion capture technology by Malaysian dancers who dance to Berlin-based composer Jonas Margraf’s compositions. It’s a breathtaking performance that merges digital art, lasers, and a 360-degree spatial soundtrack. You’ll be immersed in a story that explores the relationship between humanity, industry, and nature, and the consequences of our actions.
“Through a performance combining dance, video, lasers and electronic music, ‘Annihilation’ transports its audience into a realm where the intricate interplay between humanity, industrial pursuits, and the natural world takes centre stage,” says Colas Fiszman, the Creator of Annihilation.
The digital artist behind ‘Annihilation’ is Colas Fiszman, who used LIDAR scanners to create point cloud images of locations like Belgian forests and Malaysian landmarks.
He collaborated with actress and multi-disciplinary performing artist Grace Ng, choreographer and theatre-maker Arifwaran Shaharuddin, former Ballet Manila soloist Alfren Salgado, aspiring dance/movement therapist Chloe Tan, award-winning dance educator Mark Poh, and up-and-coming talents in contemporary dance and ballet Amirah Redza and Audrey Chua. All the dancers will wear live motion capture suits to craft solos within a digital world.
“This is a first for the Malaysia dance and performing arts scene- to have prolific dancers create solos within this mesmerising world in which traditional stage lights are replaced by projection lights. And most of all we are wearing live motion capture suits. Initially, I thought it would be like a digital wayang kulit. We Malaysian performers are no strangers to shadowplay. But what I saw when we first put the suit on and moved within the visuals, was completely unexpected,” Grace Ng said.
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‘Otherworld’ also features other amazing artworks by local and international artists, who use technology to create immersive experiences that challenge your senses and perceptions.
The ‘Otherworld’ exhibition ends on 20 January 2024. Tickets can be purchased here.
Cover image supplied by RXP.KL.