When most people hear the word “museum”, their first image is usually ancient relics or old fossils. Not so however, with Hotel Museum, a four-day celebration of art, music and photography.
Hotel Museum, which will be held at Findars art space in Kuala Lumpur from Jan 5 to 8, will feature a photography show, interactive workshops, short screenings and musical performances. The event is co-organised by Raksasa Print Studio, Stakes Shop and Findars.
“It was quite a challenge to co-ordinate with so many groups for a single event, but because we have all worked with each other in the past, we managed to come to a common consensus pretty early on in the planning stages,” says Jane Stephanny, one half of the Raksasa Print Studio duo.
“Our focus is to bring local Malaysian artists from different areas of the art scene together, and we just based it from there,” she adds.
Highlights include a dual exhibition on opening night, which takes place at 7.30pm on Jan 6. This will feature silkscreen-printed works by Raksasa Print Studio and a photography show called Ritual by Shafiq Sani and Arieff Arbain.
Visitors can also check out Awas! #1, a selection of bizarre, captivating and hilarious animation shorts from animators all over the world which will be screened from 7pm on Jan 7 and 8.
“The highlights would definitely be the music performances and the animation screenings. Awas! #1 will be showing a collection of shorts and also serve as a preview for the main (Awas) event happening in May. There will also be a line-up of local musicians from different genres for this weekend’s live programmes,” says Stephanny.
The Awas! #1 animation shorts screenings and Lotus Club Music showcases are packaged at RM15 (for both) per day.
The homegrown musicians involved in Lotus Club Music include Youth Portal, Rooks, Lurkgurl, Nao, Euseng Seto and Kent Lee, Bayangan, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Ronnie Khoo and others.
Artist Tey Beng Tze, one of the founders of Findars, will also be exhibiting his work at Hotel Museum.
There will also be a Terrarium Building workshop (entry is RM180) with Ohsum Mossum on Jan 7 and 8, where participants will learn how to build their own terrariums. The venue is Raksasa Print Studio at Findars itself.
Art enthusiasts can also pick up a new skill at Raksasa’s silkscreen printing workshop at the same venue on Jan 5 and 6 for RM180.
“Participants will be making their own mini screens with our mini exposure unit. They will learn how to make the design, expose the design, and then register and print the design,” says Stephanny.
Also taking place are a video exhibition called Transit and a paper puppet-making workshop by Sukka.
Using colourful paper doll parts silkscreen-printed by the Sukka team, participants will be given 30 minutes to make their puppet. This workshop is ongoing through Jan 5 and 6 and costs RM20 per person.
Hotel Museum will be held at Findars, No. 8, Jalan Panggon in Kuala Lumpur, Jan 5-8, 10am-10pm. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit raksasaprint.com or ‘Findars’ on Facebook.