About the Artist
Lay Heong is a Penang-based visual and performing artist. After completing her Associate Degree of Visual Arts in New Era College in 2007, she pursued her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Taiwan University of Arts in 2011. Her practice focuses primarily on installation art and shadow play performance which involves reused objects and found materials to promote and encourage upcycling.
Lay Heong is the co-founder of Plasticity Theatre Troupe, a contemporary shadow play performance group that uses reused materials to create creative puppets to raise environmental awareness and highlight human rights issues. The troupe has toured locally and internationally. Her solo exhibition, “A Real Fake Forest”, was exhibited at George Town Festival 2019 to convey a message about environmental degradation caused by human actions. She is also actively involved in community projects in which she conducts upcycling workshops to spread the concept of upcycling in our daily lives. She believes that everything on earth is unique and deserves a chance to be rebirthed into something meaningful.
About “Here Now”
Installation art is a three-dimensional art form by nature, designed to transform the perception of a space. The incorporation of dance movement into installation art aims to further explore the concept of space reconfiguration. In “Between 01”, the installation work presents the images of humans trapped in immobile state. Through the collaborative work “Here Now”, the dancers offer their perspective on installation art via movement by juxtaposing the still and the dynamic. “Here Now” showcases the interplay between movement, shadow and installation art. Each discipline inspires one another to generate new images, offer multiple meanings and spark a unique viewing experience. “We are here. We are now. Those other times are running elsewhere. Here is shifting. Now is fleeting. While we all seem to be isolated, something within us is moving through the invisible border of being.”
Silver Yee completed her Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies and Criticism (MA) from the Graduate Institute of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts. During her studies in Taiwan, she has danced for local and international artists, including “Remember not to say goodbye” by Lucas Viallefond; “But You Didn’t” by Jack Kek; “Thought and Voice of the Body” by Kathyn Tan; Mary Wigman’s “Dance of Death II” reconstructed by Henrietta Horn and “Unspeakable” by Su Shu. In 2017, Yee made her choreography and production debut in “Kill Your Darlings” with Jason Yap in Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC). In 2020, she collaborated with Kyson Teo and Lim Thou Chun to create a full-length site-specific performance piece, “Where Souls Meet” in Kluang. As a dancer and arts administrator, she has toured internationally, including Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Scotland.
Chloe Tan picked up dancing after she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and graduated from the Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA) with a Diploma in Dance. Afterward, she worked as a full-time performer in the “MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur” musical. Tan actively performs in Psycusix, a modern circus group, since 2017. She has also participated in various projects/productions, including “Choreolab” in Wellington (2018); “Dancing in Place” at Urbanscapes (2018); “In/Out”, a devised physical theatre (2019); “Kandang” (2019); her very first shadow play experience with Masakini Theatre Company, “Wayang: Mak Yong Stories” (2019); and “Rashomon” (2020) as the co-movement director and actor.
Sound & Music Design
As a classically trained pianist, Fish Lim is enthusiastic about music. She started working as a lyricist and composer for pop music when she was in university and has been actively involved in the performing arts industry. Soon, she extended her interest in film scoring, sound engineering and started to dabble in studio production work. Having 10 years of working experience in different performing art festivals, she was largely exposed to a wide variety of music. She was involved in various projects including “Circle of Sound” (United Kingdom), “I Musici” (Italy), “Missing” (United Kingdom), “Bambu” (Southeast Asia), and “Intriguing Instruments” (Southeast Asia). This has inspired her to start experimenting with different sounds and music with visual presentation. Currently, she is the music and sound designer for Plasticity Theatre Troupe.
Tan Wah Chew
Artwork Setup Technical Support
Tan Wah Chew is a graphic designer who runs Found Innovative Solution for over 11 years in Penang. Besides commercial-based projects, he also enjoys working on arts and cultural-related collaborative projects related to art exhibitions, Penang’s heritage, and environmental issues. He believes every effort and contribution to this motherland and nature is rewarding.
Goh Choon Ean
Alongside 30-odd years of conceptualising, capturing, and creating still and moving images, Goh Choon Ean has channelled her efforts into supporting arts and culture, including providing video documentation, building steel pipe structures, making lamps, programming workshops, hosting film screenings, producing projection works, and designing tabletop games. She currently runs the LUMA creative studio, an initiative by LiveWire! Media, through which she continues seeking out projects and collaborations that shine a light on how people connect and bring positive changes to their communities.