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Book Launch with Cloud Projects

August 19, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Banned in KL, Astro Boy Rides the Wave to Sky Kingdom on A Grasshopper: Malaysia in Fifteen Postcards is a unique book by Cloud Projects that invite readers to experience a history of Malaysia from the 1880s to the 2020s through visual artefacts drawn largely from the Malaysian Design Archive, with text by Universiti Malaya Professor Dr. Simon Soon, architectural researcher Lim Sheau Yun, and digital researcher Ong Kar Jin. Designed by Amanda Gayle, this full-colour book is a journey through the layered stories that these objects hold. Each historical image is printed on perforated pages that can be liberated and used as postcards or as gorgeous decorations.
JOIN US for the online launch of the book with the people behind Cloud Projects, hosted by Lit Books’ Fong Min Hun.
STAND A CHANCE TO WIN a copy of the book courtesy of Cloud Projects! All you have to do is tune-in to the live broadcast and ask a question in the comments section – three winners will be randomly selected after. (This giveaway is eligible for Malaysian residents only.)
About the panellists:
LIM SHEAU YUN is an architectural designer and historian. Formerly Lead Researcher at Malaysia Design Archive, she holds a BA in Architecture from Yale University and won the John Addison Porter Prize for her research on Borobudur. Her work has been funded by numerous organisations and fellowships, including the Gordon Grand Fellowship, CENDANA, the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
SIMON SOON teaches art history at the University of Malaya. He is currently developing an introductory course in digital humanities and runs a digital art history study group. He occasionally writes, makes art and curates exhibitions. For more info, visit: https://bawahangin.cargo.site
ONG KAR JIN is a researcher and writer who focuses on digital rights and histories of technology. He graduated with a BA in History from Yale University, where he focused on histories of ethnic conflict and genocide. He was previously a political intelligence analyst and after that, worked in strategy in the blockchain and fintech sectors.
AMANDA GAYLE is a graphic designer who enjoys both analogue and digital image making processes, and engages in projects which reframe pre-existing ideas about the world. There is often an unplanned approach to her work which is heavily inspired by the human experience and her surroundings, providing new aesthetic freedom whilst celebrating complexity and imperfection in the process. Having completed her BA in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, she is currently based back home in Kuala Lumpur while pursuing her passion for designing posters.


August 19, 2021
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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