The Words Around Us exhibition, June 2009 at the Sarawak Museum, Kuching

Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, is a great place to live. There is, however, a shortage of engagements with art and design, in particular of the contemporary and international kind. Since my colleague Azuar and I worked as lecturers in Design at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, we thought it was important to offer our students a more immersive environment. Thus, we started to organise and curate exhibitions at the local state museum, the Sarawak Museum.

The Words Around Us flyer

The Words Around Us flyer

For this particular exhibition we wanted to produce the artwork ourselves, together with our students. The plan was to work in collaboration with students in Berlin, Germany and Melbourne, Australia. Students from each city were to take photographs of typography around the city and we would exhibit them together, as a comparative typography show. This was how the exhibition “The words around us” was conceived in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Kuala Lumpur, the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) in Berlin, the Buchstabenmuseum (Museum of Letters) in Berlin and the Sarawak Museum. The Buchstabenmuseum was a fantastic partner, very supportive, and they remain one of my favourite typographic organisations.

The exhibition opened in June 2009, not quite as grand as the poster exhibition, but it took place at the Sarawak Museum art gallery rather than the new wing. The art gallery is a much nicer space.

This is the Goethe Institute flyer for the event. It’s in German. We also had a blog for the exhibition where some of the photographs are shown, and the local press, the Borneo Post, wrote about it too, with a photograph!

The Words Around Us - Setting up the exhibition with students

Setting up the exhibition together with students

The Words Around Us - Setting up the exhibition with students

Not quite the opening – yet!

Hanging up the final piece

Hanging up the last picture

Exhibitions are hard work!

Preparing the Sarawak Museum art gallery

Entrance to the Sarawak Museum Art Gallery

Entrance of the art gallery with exhibition signage

Here are some samples of photographs at the exhibition:

Kuching General Merchant

Berlin Zitrone
Kuching parking

Kuching Danger

Berlin Paranoia

Kuching Stor Jabatan

Borneo Post Article 21 11 09

One response to “The Words Around Us exhibition, June 2009 at the Sarawak Museum, Kuching

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