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Making invisible visible ( and accessible )


Making invisible visible

Through out this residency program I ask a lot of questions about how do pave ways for my art practice. I do come from a design background so problem solving is part of my practice previously, but I did not realize that at the same time art does apply it too until this residency program. I look at my art projects as a medium for me to express my thought and feelings and often I leave what even I do in my design career out of my thought process. The residency prove otherwise as I do need to think about others. How can they experience my work and also how can we make it more inclusive for other people.

For me it is a revelation for my art practice as I’m starting to slowly putting out my work out there. I do feel like no one in the art community previously as I’m not a trained as an artist but more as a designer. Most of my friends are from design background and it is hard to make yourself visible.

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to look into some practices that we as an artist can do to make art more inclusive. We went through a technical workshop with Andy and there is a lot of information that we gather from that session. I don’t think I can implement everything that we learn into my next artwork but I will try my best to incorporate some of it.

It is also interesting to explore other method or other additional techniques through digital medium to elevate your art experience. I have an idea on how can I simulate how visually impaired people would experience my art towards normal people. Might be something interesting to explore. I tried embedding a voice explaining the artwork itself as a “live alt text” into the moving image that I’ve created. I’ve used a simple Text to speech from Clipchamp to generate the audio.

The visual a representation of a question, about do I want to become an artist or just continue do what I was trained to do. It constantly playing into my mind and sometime I think there is no end to it. It is a loop, sometimes I do enjoy solving other people problem and sometimes I just want to express myself, can’t I do both?

Abdul Shakir

Abdul Shakir (also known as ‘Grasshopper’) is a multidisciplinary multimedia artist and one of the co-founders of Filamen, which focuses on projection mapping, light installation and interactive installation projects. Shakir has worked in post-production and production agencies, and has done various projects related to design and art: graphic design, motion graphics, projection mapping and interactive installation. His projects have gone beyond Malaysia and reached an international level, displaying his works in China, Hong Kong, Spain, and the USA. Some of the notable platforms in which he has shown his work are LAMPU Festival, Urbanscapes Art Festival, Rainforest in the City, and George Town Festival.