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Archives Facilitating Knowledge Production

BY EZRENA MARWAN
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 27, 2019

Ezrena Marwan is a graphic designer specializing in identity, web and print design. Ezrena is one of the founding members of Malaysia Design Archive. She talks about archives facilitating knowledge production, literacy and power dynamics in visual culture - particularly in graphic design.

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Creatures of Near Kingdom - and their return

BY ZEDECK SIEW
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 27, 2019

Zedeck Siew is a writer based in Port Dickson. He has been a journalist, essayist, editor, and game designer. He writes short fiction in English and translates from Malay. Creatures of Near Kingdoms is his first book. zedecksiew.tumblr.com.

His talk is about writing a book about Port Dickson, Malaysia -- and bringing it home.

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Drawing to Document

BY CHARIS LOKE
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 27, 2019

The act of drawing is imbued with power: we draw to see, to record, to understand, to shape the world. Reflecting on her experiences documenting street protests, election rallies, and gatherings through on-site sketching, Charis Loke speaks about the importance of drawing - for anyone, everyone - as a way to bear witness and be in the world. 

Charis Loke is an illustrator and educator based in Penang. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she evokes wonder and curiosity through stories. She's also Comics + Illustrations Editor at New Naratif where she commissions and works with Southeast Asian artists.

A former resident artist at Rimbun Dahan, Charis also makes illustrated microfiction inspired by SEA when she's not working on publishing or nonprofit projects. She designs geeky baju, sketched the 14th General Elections, and explained asexuality by way of sambal. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and shown at Light Grey Art Lab as well as other galleries around the world.

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The Making of a Private Cinema

BY SHEN THUU TAY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 14, 2019

Shen Thuu Tay and Jovy Low are friends who work together in advertising, an industry with the adage "if an idea sticks in your head till the next day and the day after, it's an idea worth keeping". And that was how AMENIC Film Space, a private cinema in Damansara, was born. Hear their story of what drives them, presented at PechaKucha Petaling Jaya vol. 8

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From Nobody to Southeast Asia's Leading Podcaster

BY LING LING
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 14, 2019

Ling Ling Tai is a seasoned learning and development professional. For over a decade, she has designed, delivered and implemented learning initiatives in 21 countries across the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and USA for Global Fortune 100 companies.
 
She is also the podcast host for the Leaders of Learning, Southeast Asia's leading podcast show. In this talk, Ling Ling charted her journey from ordinary and lost to Southeast Asia's Leading Podcast Show called the Leaders of Learning in just 1 year. 
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Intimacies of P. Ramlee's Film Music

BY ADIL JOHAN
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 14, 2019

Why do the films of P. Ramlee leave such a lasting impression on Malaysians' sense of national identity? The obvious answer is, his films and music were made during an intense period of nation-making known as the Independence Era. 

Dr Adil Johan, a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), The National University of Malaysia (UKM), argues that the lasting impact of P. Ramlee's music lies in the intimate themes and narratives that his songs express; intricately tying Malaysians (and Singaporeans) to an emotional and complex history of continuous self-actualization. 

People know him as the 'researching saxophonist'; by day, he researches anything to do with music, culture and society and by night, he makes music with Azmyl Yunor and Nadir. 

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The Science of Learning How to Code

BY CHEE YIM GOH
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 14, 2019

Chee Yim started Python workshop series in 2017 within WWCode KL community and tested different ways of teaching methods for 1 year. They found some interesting behaviour about how we learn coding and just maybe, there is something about the way we teach Computer Science in our educational system that contributes to the gender gap (there are some patterns being discussed by Robert C. Martin as well, an early programmer in the 70s.

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Walls and Spoken Word Poetry

BY MELIZARANI T. SELVA
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

Melizarani T. Selva is a spoken word poet, showrunner, educator and co-curator of George Town Literary Festival 2018. To date, she has performed in six countries and represented Malaysia at the prestigious Commonwealth People's Forum in London and the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Her notable performances include, TEDxGateway in Mumbai and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Her first book titled ‘Taboo’ made Top 10 Best-Seller List on Malaysia’s No.1 Online Bookstore (MPH). To date, her poems have been translated in French by Éditions Jentayu and in Bahasa Malaysia by Malaysia’s National Institute of Language and Literature. Presently, she runs Kuala Lumpur's monthly poetry open mic, ’If Walls Could Talk’, a bilingual poetry slam,‘Slamokrasi’ and teaches performance poetry at international and national schools. This presentation is about Walls, also a monthly spoken word poetry event.

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Finance blogging

BY SURAYA ZAINUDIN
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

Suraya is an independent communications consultant specialising in online content creation and management and the blogger behind personal finance blog Ringgit Oh Ringgit. She is also the VP of Access Blockchain Association Malaysia and co-founder of Suna Productions, a new theater production company.

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Legal journalism and its impact to the public

BY QISHIN TARIQ ALBASRAWY
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

A news writer with a bad sense of humour and questionable degree of empathy, Qishin Tariq spent four years with the Star newspaper's court beat, making light reading and terrible headlines of daily crime news and the occasional landmark case. He now writes for technology but occasionally goes back to the courtrooms for specific cases, most recently the corruption trial of Pekan MP Najib Razak. A fan of justice, his favourite brand is DC's Justice League Unlimited, back when it was on Cartoon Network. His talk is about legal journalism and its impact to the public

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#PromotingLGBTActivities

BY PANG KHEE TEIK
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

Pang is a Malaysian arts consultant, activist, curator, organiser, photographer and writer. Presently Pang is the director of art & activism bazaar Art For Grabs. In 2008, together with fellow activists and artists, he co-founded sexuality rights festival Seksualiti Merdeka in Malaysia. It was banned by the police in 2011. Under the Chevening Scholarship, Pang graduated in 2013 with an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture from Birkbeck, University of London. He remains active in speaking on LGBT issues. He has presented his manifesto We Are The Rainbow and its accompanying interactive performance Languages of The Rainbow in Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and East Timor. His talk talks about censorship as an LGBTQ activist in Malaysia

(Photos of Nisha Ayub and Pang in slide 19 #beingseen are by Mooreyameen Mohamad)

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Safer Driving with an App On?

BY IQWAN ZARIF
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

Iqwan Zarif is a self-taught Full Stack Marketer, and Product Manager. He shows people innovative ways to burn money to make more money and at the same time, manages DriveMark app development for KATSANA. He talks about how apps make driving safer

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