Domestic Culture

Domestic Cover Feature

Exhibition held at Muzium Telekom

7 – 10 October 2023
In conjunction with KLDF 2023 (Kuala Lumpur Design Festival 2023)

A SHOW ABOUT THE EVERYDAY-NESS OF THINGS
Dominate is dedicated to architects and researchers in the architectural and construction
industry.

Curatorial Team
Danial Ismail
Gary Yeow
Shamin Sharum

THEME: DOMESTIC CULTURE

Domestic Gary 1

Gary Yeow
Objects Recollection

Domestic is an art installation by Gary Yeow. The outcome is a collective
effort with family, friends, friends of friends colleagues and students by placing their cups and mugs belonging to these people in an immersive yet regular manner. When placed together they exude a sense of timelessness infused with personalised preference, memories of time past and present whether a happy celebration or sad occasion using these cups. His exhibition explores aesthetics and social purposes.

Ryan Naga
Drawing Engagement

Ryan Naga’s work focuses on the meaning of Homing with pigeons as the subject of his artworks. Ryan‘s work is an indirect criticism of our social perception of crowding, hygiene, multi-dimensional and domesticity. The exhibition aims to challenge the typical experience of an institutional gallery or museum allowing personalised and non-labelled items as places of memory collage.effort with family, friends, friends of friends colleagues and students by placing their cups and mugs belonging to these people in an immersive yet regular manner. When placed together they exude a sense of timelessness infused with personalised preference, memories of time past and present whether a happy celebration or sad occasion using these cups. His exhibition explores aesthetics and social purposes.

Domestic Ryan 2

THEME: DOMICILE

Domicile invites a political and cultural lens to observe the different layers of society around us in Kuala Lumpur . By collaborating with the artists and architects this exhibition gives a worldview into unseen or overlooked conditions such as homelessness, living rooms and private bedrooms. In summary, Domicile is about the politics of homes where we question the image of personal homes that is so private yet so foreign.

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Ngiom Lim
Ngiom Partnership

Anyone can be Homeless!

Experiencing Homelessness or to be Homeless is a state of being unhoused or unsheltered and it can happen to anyone. Ngiom’s installation constructed using 9 metal bars supported by one mainframe exudes anguish, despair and in a confused state but the mainframe painted in red denotes Hope…eventual hope for survival..

Taha Long
Katil Bersama (Together in bed)

Taha Long is a multi-disciplinary artist in film, performance and art. Previous to this installation Taha performed in a dance called “Tidur Lambah” (Sleep means more) with a few dancers. Since then he went deeper into the subject of sleep as an individual instead of with a group. ‘The Act of communal sleeping’ became his interest and he has delved further into the subject after talking to artists and filmmakers. This installation was completed within one month. His family offered to participate. “My two brothers along with my nephews and nieces slept on the mattress while l drew the outline of their bodies”.

Where do I go from here with this installation?
“There are curators who have reached out to me. And I want people to know the power of sleep or communal sleeping and am glad to know this subject has drew interests”. said Taha Long.

Domestic Taka 4
Domestic Kalam 5

Kalam UTM
Kolong

The Kolong space adapts to the local environment. The elevated structure of the Malay house helps to mitigate the effects of flooding during heavy rainfall in tropical regions. Being open and elevated, Kolong also allows natural ventilation of the house and the free flow of air under the house helps regulate the indoor temperature. This exhibition features the Malay House and it is constructed using foldable cardboard with graphics printed on the surface. It tells the audience about the functionality of the spaces not just within and around the house but beneath it as well.The Kolong space adapts to the local environment. The elevated structure of the Malay house helps to mitigate the effects of flooding during heavy rainfall in tropical regions. Being open and elevated, Kolong also allows natural ventilation of the house and the free flow of air under the house helps regulate the indoor temperature. This exhibition features the Malay House and it is constructed using foldable cardboard with graphics printed on the surface. It tells the audience about the functionality of the spaces not just within and around the house but beneath it as well.

THEME: DOMINATE

This space is dedicated to architects and researchers in the architectural and construction industry.

Firadaus Khazis Architect
SPACELAB DESIGN
The Curtain (Tirai)

What is the definition of curtain?

A hanging screen usually is capable of drawing back or as a window drapery. What if a curtain become the sole material to define a place that we live in? Do we then still need a tangible wall? Do we need a roof or a floor? What are the curtain’s parameter? Opacity, Colour or Texture ?

Artist’s Statement
‘The idea first struck when I saw my two daughters (at different times) exhibiting the same reaction toward our house curtain. They use it as a hidden playground to play, hide and talk to their imaginary friends. The curtain acts as a space divider still functioning to seal the window from lights and provide privacy. The space evolves when the wind blows and stretches into something else . That is when the ‘magic’ happens.

Domestic Firadaus 6
Domestic Zlg 7

ZLG Design – Multiple Mediums
A Culture of Fragments

Architect’s Statement:
Wangsa Ukay is an experiment in eclecticism perhaps one contemplates on ordinariness and self-made design. The house has many fragmented pieces but together they tell a more meaningful and complete story.

Using the most humble of materials we are able to weave story of what it means to human, imperfect, always uncertain. Cement bricks tell the story of poor maintenance, rustic metal tell the story of our vulnerability and often we are spared and naked. Plywood speaks of poverty and lack of luxury even clumsiness a sense of unfinished work. Allowing rain, sun and wind to shape the house and define the experience we believe authentic and deep observations can be made so we can learn of the importance of humility and ordinariness again in what we believe to be times of anxiety and over consumption. This is the story of down shifting.

Eleena Jamil Architects
The concept of an outdoor room

Architect‘s Statement
A private zone surrounded by internal space but open to the sky has profound significance for how we think of dwelling. Having a piece of open space that is entirely one’s own, to do with ones wishes and that always bring in light and air and sometimes wind and rain is very much about establishing a relationship with a specific place, and with nature and the cosmos. Eleena Jamil examines the Tropical Courtyard House in Southeast Asia better known as ‘Shophouses’- with their long frontage and open ventilation partitions for walls with doors and windows around a courtyard. In her exhibition the ‘outdoor room’ it adapts the courtyard typology allowing cross-ventilation, warm air to percolate out as well as providing an intimate space for communal domestic activities.

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Danial Ismail
Installation

Domestic Danial 9

School of Architecture UiTM
Installation

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