Paper ID:9795

Culture and Identity in Selected New Media Artworks in Malaysia 1993-2007

Sarena Abdullah & Siti Khadijah Elham

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang
E-mail: sarena.abdullah@usm.my

Received February 21st, 2018, Revised October 30th, 2018, Accepted for publication May. 22nd, 2019.

Abstract. Contextual analysis studies based on cultural and identity aspects of fine art practices are still limited in Malaysia, especially concerning new media art, although new media as an artistic tool was introduced as early as the 1990s. Since the seminal exhibition on E-art was held twenty years ago, systematic examination of new media art works and their role in the Malaysian art history have been limitedly conducted. The early approaches of new media art were varied, yet the subject matter as discussed in this paper was still mostly informed by the general proclivities of Malaysia artists at that time. Thus, we could observe that despite the technology used and explored, the subject matter of these works was still aligned with concerns or content that were similar to contemporaneous works in other media. Thus, as this paper will demonstrate, the themes of cultural identity and cultural related issues and concern were still persistent as the main subject matter of early Malaysian new media art works, as can be seen in the oeuvres of Hasnul Jamal Saidon, Liew Kungyu, Niranjan Rajah, Yee I-Lann and T.C. Liew.

Keywords: culture and identity, Malaysian art, National Cultural Policy, New Media art, postmodernity.

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