The Garathoan is a young male alien from the planet Garathoa who has made Earth as his subject of investigation. He examines the human conditions through the lenses of the human vices and desires. In the first episode, The Garathoan learns the never ending cycle of love and loss through his inability to move forward and laziness to get out of bed.
Episode One – Oi! Bangun La..
This is a Post-Internet Art Performance Installation piece by Nazreen Abraham for Kill The Radio’s In Defence of Poetry Exhibition.
Duration: 6.07.2018 – 14.07.2018
Location: Urban Culture Sdn Bhd PJ Branch Lot PT13843, Jalan SS 21/2, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Background Music : Joseph (The Black Mozart) Boulogne – mvt1 opus5 no.1 violin concerto
Words by: The Cure, The Police, Lou Reed, Amanda Palmer, Tupac, Biggie, Andre 3000, Kodak Black, Rejjie Snow, Janelle Monáe and SiR.
Narrator: Nuke_Abe, The Lost Astronaut (T)errestrial: TheManwithaheart4abrain (F)emale: Gula Javva
Concept: The basis of “Oi! Bagun La.” features an interplaying of digital, performance and installation art stylised in partial tribute to seminal Taiwanese endurance artist Tehching Hsieh, Malaysian artists Dill Malik, Chi Too and post-internet conceptualist Tan Ray Tat. The installation and performance consists of; the artist’s character, a bed, an alarm clock, a cell phone and a vocal and written abstract poetic narration. It is exhibited in two hour allotments during the exhibition period and can be viewed live or through a variety of publicly available streaming portals. The work itself is a transparent personification of complacency. It is intended as not only as critique of art, artists and the Malaysian art community but also, in part, aspects of the human condition and our species as a whole. The alarm clock represents political and public events that would otherwise be inspiration and volatile subject matter for interpretation within the art communities. The artist’s character and their perpetual snoozing of the clock represents the Malaysian art community’s unwillingness to engage with or participate actively within the public or political sphere. The bed, provided by installation artist Fu Xuan, eludes to comfort and escapism and serves as a nod to inspiration from Tracey Emin’s work My Bed. The artists use of the cell-phone, the cell-phone itself and the live streamed nature of the piece are comments on the self surveilling and masturbatory/gratification-seeking aspects of social media.
Episode Two – Oi! Lapar La…
This is a Post-Internet Art Performance Installation piece by Nazreen Abraham at Urbanscape 2018.
Location(s): Urbanscapes Hotel 2, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
The second act of the narration would be “Oi! Lapar La..” consisting of; the artist’s character, a table with an electric kettle, a supply of hot cup instant noodles, a pair of chopsticks, a bottle of water and a cup, a monitor/laptop/tv with a video loop of the previous chapter and a recorded vocal and written abstract poetic narration. It is exhibited in one hour allotments during the exhibition period and can be viewed live or through a variety of publicly available streaming portals. The work itself is a critique of the artist’s creative prostitution. Willingness to work with an explotationary contract for the ability to continue funding his creative state and the artist’s prioritization of his financials that often means eating cheap instant packaged foods just so they could get a better quality of the preferred mediums. It’s a statement on how often exposures are used as payment for artistic products and how some even view these creative individuals less deserving of the wages since they take pleasure in their craft. In this exercise, the “Garathoan” will be following the steps of Andy Warhol but instead of eating the hamburger, a symbol of the american working class cuisine; he would instead be eating as much instant noodles as he can within the allocated one hour while watching himself on the screen trying to fall asleep on his bed like a favourite binge worthy television series. The one hour represents the lunch break, the visuals on the screens are his dreams and where he is most comfortable, the instant noodle represents the cheapest junks that the artist will consume and work with in order to survive, the boiling of the electric kettle represents the current situation and how such debates are boiling up and needed to feed the industry. The artists use of the cell-phone, the cell-phone itself and the live streamed nature of the piece are comments on the self surveilling and masturbatory/gratification-seeking aspects of social media.
Episode Three : Oi! Sakit La… (coming soon)