On entering Heineken Green Room, music fans were greeted with a new conceptual exhibition called A Social Design, curated by long-time Heineken collaborator and visual artist themancalleduncle. Containing works by four of the country’s leading graphic designers and fine artists, we asked Stephen Lau, Ajim Juxta, the Off-Day and James Ly to explore their passion for music and the influence it has on their work.
The result was a series of collage and graphic pieces that encompassed the timeless quality of music (Stephen Lau’s ‘Back On A Sunday Afternoon in 1968’), the recurring patterns of pop culture (James Ly’s ‘Reciprocal Phantasmagoria’), an imaginary Malaysia visited by Joy Division, David Bowie and more (The Off-Day’s ‘Malaysian Rock History’) and the connections between music and the natural world that define the lives of artists (Ajim Juxta’s ‘Juxtaposed’). Their display area quickly became one of the busiest areas at KL Live, with fans queuing up to have their photos taken in front of the 8’ by 8’ canvases.
A specially invited audience was also treated to an early evening edition of Pecha Kucha, the global design networking and social event founded in Tokyo, which was held in the Green Bar, an area created by architectural design collective Kontak! that created an industrially themed floating park inside KL Live. Hosted by Twilight Actiongirl’s DJ Bunga, and presented in collaboration with British Council, this special music-themed edition featured fast-moving presentations from some of Malaysia’s best-known creative talents. From DJ Blink’s journey through his own musical history to experimental performance art pieces to the fashion-inspired tales of Tongue-in-Chic’s Claudia Low and Main Offender Jiman Casablancas.