Wayang 8 Kupang

A part of Olé Cuppa Art : The Project Upstairs

Monday, November 06, 2006

Amryn + Nina || W8K survivors for week one!!

Let's give a round of applause to both Enche Amryn and Che Nina; the couple that survived W8K's 1st screening till end. The last film, 'The Piano Tuner of Earthquake' ended around 1pm++. A round of applause also goes to everybody who came for the screenings, for film + art sake, and for supporting this project..Hopefully with all the donations, we could source for more interesting film for our upcoming screenings..Hope to see you guys again next week...

P/S: Due to alot of request we'll be screening 'The Piano Tuner of Earthquake' sometime real soon, this time we'll try to put it on the first slot.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Terima Kaseh Kawan-kawan! :D

OK, 'Wayang 8 Kupang' siri pertama telah tamat 'dipentaskan' pada 4 Nov lepas. Di blog ini, pihak penganjur dan kru 'Wayang 8 Kupang' - A part of Olé Cuppa Art : The Project Upstairs ingin merakamkan beribu-ribu terima kasih dan penghargaan kepada semua audien yang sudi 'mencemar duli' datang untuk menonton wayang kami yang tidaklah seberapa itu. Sekali lagi pihak kami terharu. Ucapan 'khas' terima kasih juga diucapkan kepada 2 orang pasangan kekasih yang sanggup bersengkang mata menonton hingga habis 3 tayangan filem-filem tersebut.

Pada kesempatan ini juga pihak kami dengan rasa rendah hatinya juga ingin memohon maaf kepada mana-mana audiens yang tidak dapat menonton akibat bilangan tempat yang agak terhad. Maklumlah, disebabkan ini adalah program pertama dan ia hanyalah 'sebahagian' saja dari Olé Cuppa Art : The Project Upstairs, maka pihak penganjur tidak dapat membayangkan respon yang sebegitu rupa hebatnya. Sekali lagi kami meminta maaf.

P.S - Kepada sesiapa yang tertinggal kamera video Sony di dalam bilik tayangan pada malam tersebut, sila hubungi Che Farah (016 3195258) untuk menuntutnya kembali, harap maklum.

(Farah, tolong translate ke english, malas! hihi)

Friday, November 03, 2006

W8K Part 2 - Attention! The date of screening yet to be confirmed.

Nota : Atas beberapa masalah teknikal, tarikh tayangan akan ditunda ke masa lain. Harap maaf ya? :(

Note : Due to some technical difficulties, the date of screening will be postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. :(

Film screening :

The Isle (Ki-duk Kim/ Drama/ 90 mins/ 2000)
- Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a fish hook, when he tries to commit suicide.

Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel/ Short/ 16 mins/ 1929)
- In a dream-like sequence, a woman's eye is slit open--juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obscuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye - to grab the audience's attention. The French phrase "ants in the palms," (which means that someone is "itching" to kill) is shown literally.

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick/ Thriller/ 146 mins/ 1980)
- A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Venue : Olé Café, 48, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang
(opposite Radius International Hotel)
Date : ??/??/?? (will be confirmed, tunggu noo..)
Time : 8pm till late (15 mins intermission in between films)
Admission : 80 cents (donation)

Map as shown in recent posting.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Time Bandits

An extraordinarily inventive fantasy in which schoolboy Warnock is rescued from a dull suburban existence by a band of renegade dwarfs, who emerge from his wardrobe and whisk him off on an incredible journey through time and space. Guided by a 'Time Hole Map of the Universe', Warnock and his diminutive pals gatecrash history, meeting up with Robin Hood and Napoleon, and turning up uninvited in Ancient Rome and on the deck of the ill-fated Titanic. Sometime Monty Python animator Gilliam fills the screen with bizarre images, and directs with a breathless ingenuity.

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes - film review from Time Out London

The all-too-long-awaited follow-up to the Quays’ wonderful first feature (‘Institute Benjamenta’) is as imaginative, eccentric and visually seductive as one expects from these seasoned explorers of the uncanny. Great expertise is again evident in the blending of live action and puppet animation in the tale of Malvina (Amira Casar), a beautiful opera singer abducted during a performance by the sinister Dr Droz (Gottfried John). The mad inventor whisks her away from her lover, subjecting her to a life of mournful seclusion on a remote tropical island that is his home and kingdom, whither Felisberto (Cesar Sarachu), a piano tuner, is meanwhile summoned to repair seven automata… In other words, the film’s a weird fairy tale, a Gothic fable of obsessive desire, magical prowess and bizarre coincidence that owes at least as much to painting, literature, music and myth as to cinema. (In fact, save for Borowczyk and a handful of horror movies, it’s hard to divine much common ground between this and most cinema likely to screen these days.) The pace, in keeping with the feverish, dreamlike hothouse isle on which the delectable damsel’s kept against her (lack of) will, perhaps tends a little too much towards the languid, and Sarachu’s performance comes over as clumsy; Assumpta Serna as Droz’s devotee also seems slightly adrift, so only Casar and John have the full measure of the piece. Still, no one expects conventional pleasures from the Quays, and for those who like their movies different, ambitious and luscious to look at (Nic Knowland’s ’Scope camerawork is extraordinary), there’s much here to enjoy.

Strings-film review from Time Out London

The King of Hebalon has severed his head-string – the puppet world’s equivalent of falling on your sword. The years of terror and tyranny fostered by war against the Zeriths have blighted everyone’s lives, he has concluded; he wants his son Hal to take his mantle and usher in a new reign of peace. But that’s reckoning without his wicked brother Nezo, who shreds the suicide note, blames the King’s death on the Zeriths, and mobilises his countrymen for renewed belligerence. He also has plans for his whippersnapper nephew, gone avenging beyond the palace gates, but Hal evades the trap and, travelling incognito, discovers the truth about his kingdom’s legacy… If nothing else, we can thank the Dubya junta for the revival of puppet animation: ‘Strings’ is the second such feature this year to distil the War on Terror. It’s a tad more trad than ‘Team America’ – the plot plays like a Shakespearean hand-me-down – but even more upfront and imaginative about its puppet nature. The puppets’ strings are their visible life-force; they sustain the characters, confine them, and spiritually conjoin them (the loveliest play on this is a birth scene featuring an infant, freshly carved out of wood, brought to life by wispy strings that peel away from its mother’s). The puppet modelling is well worked too, expressing character and status through different materials and levels of wear, and the drama plays out against some stunning landscapes, doused in rain or tickled by fire. The Brit-thesp voiceovers veer towards the po-faced, and the overall pitch is a little too genteel; it’s a film you’re more likely to admire than love.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Asal-usul Wayang 8 Kupang...

"Dulu-dulu time kami kecik kami selalu pi tengok wayang kat Aloq Staq 8 kupang ja!" jawab Fathul kepada kami apabila di tanya tentang sebab penggunaan tajuk 'Wayang 8 Kupang'.

"Nak tengok wayang kat GSC dan TGV mahai sangaaattt!" marah seorang pakcik kepada kami secara tiba-tiba.

Apa pula kata anda?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Wayang 8 Kupang

Film screening :

Strings (Anders Rønnow Klarlund/ Animation/ 91 mins/ 2004)
- Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to revenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people - and where he least expects it.

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (Brothers Quay/ Drama/ 99 mins/ 2005)
- Dark fairytale about a demonic doctor who abducts a beautiful opera singer with designs on transforming her into a mechanical nightingale.

Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam/ Fantasy/ 116 mins/ 1981)
- A young boy accidently joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal.

Venue : Olé Café, 48, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang
(opposite Radius International Hotel)
Date : Saturday - 4/11/06
Time : 8pm till late (15 mins intermission in between films)
Admission : 80 cents (donation)

Map to Olé Café

Contact :
016-6201167 (Fathul)
016-3195258 (Farah)
012-9367296 (Farez)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fathul @ Olé Café

Michael says...

THOUGHT it would have been easier if I just wrote in this blog, the actual intent of Olé Cuppa Art aka The Project Upstairs.

The Objective is to simply create a space for the appreciation of art. Sparked by the idea that art is for everyone, Olé Cafe is providing a place for the artistic community to express themselves and a place for the public to learn and appreciate art a little more.

This project gathers a group of artists (visual, performing, music and writing) where each individual will be sharing their talents guiding youths or interested parties in creating/developing their own interpretation of art. This open art studio is for the artistic community to interact & exchange ideas and for the general public to join in the fun of creating art. It's an open interactive studio for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

The target audience:
- Talented budding artist, who are looking for opportunities to further their passion. Preferably aged between 18 - 30 years of age. They must be able to commit their time and talent wholeheartedly to the program if they are selected
- All artistic beings, (professional and non professional) who are looking for a venue to meet other people with similar passion to talk, interact and share their talents and experience for the betterment of arts
- The general public, basically anyone and everyone who is keen to appreciate and know more about arts. Observers or people who are eager to participate in the activities are most welcome. They are also encouraged to paint along with the resident artist if they wish so.
- Members of the press, to help publicize this event
- Not forgetting any potential sponsors who will be willing to lend a helping hand in running this program to promote and support this passion.

Timing and duration: Nov 2006 to mid Jan 2007

The Program: As part of Olé Cuppa Art, we will be looking for at least 3 talented budding artists who are interested in pursuing a career in visual arts & keen to showcase their raw passion and talents. It will be an eye opening journey for them to learn from an established artist like Fathul. The journey will last for at least 2 months, with Fathul imparting on them the ropes of surviving as an artist. Right from the kind of art materials to purchase, to dealing with issues such as how to keep their artistic passion alive especially in this harsh environment, to staging a show for their art pieces, etc. During this period, they are required to spend at least twice a week collaborating with Fathul and to produce paintings of their own. The end output of their effort will be showcased in a proper art display at Galleriiizu early next year. Olé Cuppa Art is also a venue to help promote the work of the participating professional artists.

Other areas of arts will also be included in this program. In addition to the paintings that will be produced, the multi talented Fathul who is also a singer/songwriter, will collaborate with other very talented friends of his to produce original music scores of the Cuppa Art journey, a dance performance and a few short stories capturing the experience of this journey.

Confirmed participating talents are as follows:
Fathullah Luqman Yusoff (Visual artist)
Jidin (Amatuer Photographer)
Jerome Kugan (Singer Songwriter)

The output of this program :
- At least 40 pieces of original paintings from Fathul and his proteges will be displayed at Galleriiizu.
- A CD with tracks written & inspired by this artistic journey will be produced. Included in the CD will be a short video of the most memorable and exciting moments of this program.
- A photography exhibition (photoblogs of people who have passionately laboured for the project's success) will be held in conjunction with the art show.
- Sketches and scribbles of interesting short stories will be compiled and turned into a mini coffee table book
- And a performance will take place during the art show to bring to live the essence of the Cuppa Art project through the art of Dance.

At the end of show, selected art pieces will be put up for auction to the public. Proceeds from the sale of the art pieces & CDs and other items will be used to support a good cause with a percentage of it retained to sponsor next year's Cuppa Art project. We hope to turn this into an annual event.

Other initiative: Charity Drive
While the Open Studio is being used to facilitate the passion for arts, Olé Cafe will also use this opportunity to bring joys to orphans while raising some funds for their homes. Selected orphanages will be identified, and Ole will host these kids for an afternoon and the public can come & lend their support for a good cause, enjoy a great cup of coffee while appreciating art. The kids together with Fathul will also be painting on a huge canvass, which will later be cut into smaller pieces, framed and offered for sale to the public. All proceeds from the sale of drinks that day and subsequently the sales of the kids' paintings will go to the orphanages.2 to 3 deserving orphanages, especially the under supported ones will be identified in the coming weeks. Any enquiries and application are welcome.

Weekly forums and activities: WATCH THIS SPACE
From November, there will be weekly activities and forums organized every Saturday evening from 7pm to 9pm. The list of activities will be published once the group moderators have confirmed their participation. It will cover discussions on visual art, dance, short films (shows will be organized weekly), poetry reading, music (a jamming session or two is definitely happening!), etc... There will be art jamming sessions too! It's guaranteed to be fun, artistic and therapeutic! During these sessions, you will be guided to express yourself on a blank canvass to come up with your own masterpiece! So it's definitely very exciting!

After the Raya break, a CD with 5 original tracks especially composed for Olé Cuppa Art project together with 2 Olé Coffee vouchers worth RM 50 will be distributed around. Any contribution is welcomed to help support this very passionate cause. We hope to raise some funds to help kick start the program by appealling to the public's generousity. A media night is also planned in November to officially launch the program. Here's to brewing the passion for arts! Olé Cuppa Art.